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Winter Tales Hardcover – 14 Sep 1995

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 253 pages
  • Publisher: John Murray; First edition (14 Sept. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0719554357
  • ISBN-13: 978-0719554353
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 14.6 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 921,878 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'George Mackay Brown's 'Winter Tales' is an enchanting, tender and robust collection of stories steeped in the ancient rhythms and customs of rural life.' --Vogue

'The burnished beauty of his natural descriptions is that of a spellbinding spinner of tales, making his a worthy addition to the trove he would preserve.' --Scotland on Sunday

'In this collection the author is at his celebratory and affirmative best. Everything he writes about is rooted in the harsh Orkney landscape, yet is often heart-achingly tender and compassionate.' --Yorkshire Post --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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These stories celebrate winter and its festivals, in a northern setting. They encompass Lieutenant William Bligh at the port of Hamnavoe, an Edinburgh man rediscovering his roots in Shetland, Baltic-men shipwrecked on the Orkney coast, and Norse warriors setting out for the Holy Land.

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Definitely a Christmas read this, and very clearly written after Brown found god. Main themes are the nativity and all the cycles of nature, inevitably ending in death... I'm making it sound more depressing than it is. It's full of his usual wonderful evocations of Orkney, the ancient, wind-blown, work-a-day magic of the place, and Brown's poetic phraseology is a joy. One of those writers who can stop you dead in your tracks with a word. I loved this book, but recommend something else if you're new to him: 'Beside the Ocean of Time' is a real gem.
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An assortment of short stories that transport the reader to a time long gone and a way of life that has almost disappeared. George Mackay Brown's writing is poetical and his knowledge of his topics and love of his Island are ever evident. This book leaves the reader feeling nostalgic for a life that none of us born mid 20th century or later can ever know.
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This is a beautifully written, poetic book of short stories, about life through the ages as experienced by a broad spectrum of characters who live in the Orkney islands or come into cntact with them.I feel as though I am transported there whilst reading them - the scenery, scents, the sea, the people are all so vividly portrayed.It has made me want to visit Orkney.Anyone who enjoys poetry and the sea and islands will love this book.
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HASH(0x8fc82b58) out of 5 stars brown is one of the great 20 century , unknown novelists, short story writers. 11 Jan. 2013
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brown is one of the great 20 century ,moderately unknown novelists, short story writers. best known as a poet, his prose is poetry. his characters show amazing depth and he shows marvelous sensitivity and understanding, along with a master poet's wording and rhythm. Underlying Brown's tales and character sketches is a deeply "religious" feeling; one that rewards rather than offends even this agnostic reader.
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HASH(0x959e56b4) out of 5 stars What a wonderful find. He paints such an interesting picture of ... 31 Mar. 2015
By Michael - Published on Amazon.com
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I had no knowledge of George Mackay Brown before this book which I selected at random on my Kindle from some list. What a wonderful find. He paints such an interesting picture of life on the island of Orkney, often using terms and ideas from the local culture that were new to me but added to the pleasure of being drawn into his world and the island culture. This collection of stories are mainly related to each other only by the fact they occur in winter. However their power is often in their message, portraying life in a way that challenges the reader's own values and attitudes without any preaching or moralizing. Two of his stories especially helped me think about a couple of old issues in my life with a fresh perspective. I look forward to reading many more of his books.
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I have enjoyed every page of these short stories and all I want to do is read more by Mr. Brown.
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HASH(0x904e08d0) out of 5 stars I had not read this author before but his stories ... 13 Jan. 2015
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I had not read this author before but his stories shine a light on a small isolated population of people rarely heard from today, people who have lived a hardscrabble existence on the edge of the world. His stories show these people and place in a harsh light and they shine!
HASH(0x904e0fcc) out of 5 stars Five Stars 30 May 2016
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Lovely book of short stories.
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