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The Monarch of the Glen Paperback – 25 Jan 2001

4.3 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; Film & TV Tie-in ed edition (25 Jan. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140292985
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140292985
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 2.2 x 18.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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"Rollicking comedy" (Observer)

"A riotous piece of virtuosity...divinely funny" (Elizabeth Bowen Tatler) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Hikers battle it out with the Laird of Glenbogle Castle in this hilarious story of life in the Scottish Highlands --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Compton Mackenzie takes us into the fiefdom of a Highland laird and clan chieftain .He introduces his well observed characters to us with wit and affection,.poking at their idiosyncrasies . We meet ramblers interfering with a grouse shoot, an American millionaire buying his status as a Highland
laird and we see too, something of the boring 'professional' Scot.
Altogether a beautifully written, hilarious romp into the fictitious realm of the Scottish Highlands , credible because it was reality, albeit a little larger than life, which is the basis of real humour.
As an added note, this should not be confused with the badly written ITV. serial of the same name, which was a ridiculous farce having no relationship with the original.
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I loved this book as I needed cheering up! If you enjoy P,G, Wodehouse-type humour you may like this too. As someone living in Scotland it was even more of a joy as Compton Mackenzie is brilliant a parodying Scottish names. The period setting gives it a certain charm and I think it's stood the test of time. I've never seen the TV series and have no desire to - I don't want to spoil the experience of the book. Essentially it's an affectionate period comedy that parodies the Scots, the Americans, the Ramblers Association and other disparate groups.
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I first read this book sixty years ago and it is just as good on second reading ; - a little dated maybe but Compton Mackenzie, despite, or probably because of his good writing and his Colonel Pooterish prejudices against girls in shorts, portable radios, Americans-whom-we-ought-to-be-grateful-to, "ramblers" , large-busted bossy women - is funny and warm hearted. Just the book to see you through convalescence.
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Just excellent and written so much better than modern boks.
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I first read Compton Mackenzie's books in the series in 1960 and reading Monarch of the Glen again was like meeting an old friend again after a 40 year gap! I could not put the book down and was forced to laugh out loud several times! As good as the TV series is I only wish they had stuck to the original story more.
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A delightful, gentle comedy, from the master of the Scottish farce. This book was the inspiration for the BBC series of the same name starring Richard Briers.
The novel itself concerns the trials and tribulations of one Donald MacDonald of Ben Nevis, the 23rd clan chieftain of Glenbogle Castle, as he tries to unsuccessfully adjust to life in the 20th Century and the constraints this imposes upon him. This means for instance, that unlike his predecessors, he cannot burn his opponents in church to the piped strains of 'Mac 'ic Eachiann's Return to Glenbogle'.
Central to the plot is Donald's (or 'Ben Nevis' as he is also known) plot to try and ensnare the sister of a wealthy American financier into marrying one of his sons. Add to this the fact that the lady in question, Myrtle Royde, actually fancies a trespassing Scottish Nationalist poet called Alan Macmillan, and also that at this time, Donald is effectively in a state of war against the National Union of Hikers under the formidable leadership of Percy Buckham (the 'Little Songster' portable wireless manufacturer) and you have a recipe for hilarity.
Certain memorable and highly amusing incidents pepper the book. The American financier Chester Royde Jr's, ill-fated attempt at trying to stalk the 'Muckle Hart of Ben Glass' and his decision to wear an orange kilt so as not to offend anyone are seriously amusing. Percy Buckham's attempts to whip up his hikers into an avenging army by Churchillian speeches and his attempts to engage in guerilla warfare against Ben Nevis and his supporters are likewise hilarious.
Throughout the book Mackenzie infuses his story with a lovely Scottish Highland feel.
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By A Customer on 27 Sept. 2001
Format: Audio Cassette
I will leave the critiquing of the book to others.
It was a good one, though at times quite
preposterous. However, I listened to the book
on audio cassette, and it was an absolute joy.
Rintoul has a rich voice & an amazing ability to
sound like 50 different people. There were times
when I could not believe that only one person
was each of the individual characters. His sing-
ing was - well, hearty (and amusing). He made a
not bad book into a very good book.
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Firstly, if you are expecting something with Richard Briers or anything akin to the BBC series you need to stop and think again.

This is an older book, superbly written by Compton Mackenzie, and presented by a master narrator with a gift for accents. I have listened to this several times and never tire of it on my long drives up to The Highlands alone, or whilst working as something to keep me laughing. One of the best audio books I have ever listened to.
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