- 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)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,216,892 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Monarch of the Glen Paperback – 25 Jan 2001
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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.
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.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I first read this book about fifty years ago,and I was surprised to enjoy it so much reading it again. Read morePublished 13 months ago by michael mcgowan
Incredibly boring book about particularly nasty people. I enjoyed 'Whisky Galore' and its engaging characters. What a difference when reading this book. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Rumpuscat
Although nothing like the television series, this book is great!
Arrived when expected and is certainly a classic to be read!
was ok, a bit silly, expected it to be like the program, but was disappointed, would not recommend just get the dvd insteadPublished on 4 Sept. 2011 by Rob berry
This review relates to the audio version.
David Rintoul is an excellent actor but what a find to hear him narrating this book on disc. Read more