Whisky Galore (Vintage Classics) Paperback – 4 Nov 2004
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Wartime food rationing is bad enough, but when the whisky supplies run out on the Hebridean islands of Great and Little Todday, nothing seems to go right. Then the fifty-thousand-bottle cargo of the shipwrecked S. S. Cabinet Minister brings salvation - in its most giddily intoxicating form.
'Love makes the world go round? Not at all. Whisky makes it go round twice as fast.'
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It was made into a black and white film many years ago and is based on the true story of a cargo ship full of whisky running aground off the coast of a Scottish island during the war, when whisky was impossible to get hold of. You can guess the rest! The Scottish characters are excellently observed and you can almost smell the heather as the escapades of the islanders are brought to life on the page. Whimsical, warm and funny, this is a real feel-good book that can be read again and again. A true classic.
The book however while familiar to the film fan has so much more depth, passion of place and gentle humour. The country is at war, times are hard and priorities lie in different places for different people and yet there's a community that comes together for the greater good. The characters are wonderfully portrayed and developed as their everyday lives unfold and are totally believable; especially humorous is the late arrival of Mrs Odd a character who, apart from the name, strangely reminded me of a gentler Nanny Ogg for those who are familiar with Terry Pratchett's Disc world. The setting is wonderfully related and really captures the remote beauty of the western Isles while the gentle plot meanders between three of life's great passions; Love, Belonging and Whisky. Best read in Autumn I would suggest after a lovely walk and then curled up with a large dram in front of an open fire. An absolute classic, loved it.
WG charts war time bleakness, social relations and a love for whisky. It is Mackenzieï¿½s concentration on peopleï¿½s relationship with whisky that makes this novel truly unique. Mackenzieï¿½s wit lightens proceedings and keeps you turning pages. Despite this, though, I could never find myself really connecting to the characters portrayed in WG- perhaps this would be more a book for the middle-aged and older reader who would have more sympathy for the individuals that populate the novel. Having said that WG is a sparky, sometimes rowdy, knock about of a novel that still has time to have its say on issues of deprivation and social interaction.
If you enjoyed film, which I believe is a masterpiece, then read the book for a more complex and detailed, but just as funny, version of the same story.
There are also a number of lesser known books in MacKenzie's Highlands series, such as Rockets Galore, The Rival Monster and the Monarch of the Glenn, which has nothing to do with the TV series except that it is set in the Highlands and has the same title. Most are out of print but all are worth the efford to find and read.
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Really enjoyable listening to this timeless story again, simply never tire of it, wonderfully funny and it simply never dates.Published on 22 May 2014 by M. Richardson
A very good read.Very amusing and also very well written.No hesitation in recmmending this book to everyone old or young.Published on 3 Mar. 2014 by theveet
Wanted to read the book since I saw the old film many years ago.Eventually I decided to but it. Ordered it and received it with great speed. Read morePublished on 10 Nov. 2013 by yentonkin
A light hearted story based on the Hebridean shipwreck of the SS Politician and the characters involved with its subsequent looting.Published on 27 Mar. 2013 by Moonbiker
I read this first and now I wish I had read Polly first, it makes sense for the customs urgencyPublished on 21 Jan. 2013 by amber