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on 18 May 2009
This is a beautifully presented volume, nicely laid out and with many high quality photographs. The ideas are great too - but the execution falls far short of what it could have been (this is not Connery's fault of course as there is a co-author listed, and books are supposed to have editors too).
Much of the writing is cliche-ridden and leaden. It goes on at length about some game called 'soccer' - a word no true Scot would use without puking. Many of the supposed quotes are obviously doctored, as when he has some 17th century public benefactor supposedly talking about 'gender equality'. The extensive picture captions are mostly repeats, word for ill-written word, of what is in the text. When different words are used, this is generally no improvement, as in the sentence "to placate the Highlands the Government built the largest defended garrison in Europe". Placate is the wrong word - they mean pacify.
But some of the writing must be Connery's own, as his famously chippy personality shines through. In his long exile from his homeland he has not lost his ability to perceive a slight to his self-importance. But then, as he opines, the Scots don't like success and do their best to cut the mighty down to size.
The book does look affie guid on a coffee table though.
- Roderick Clyne, Singapore
Being A Scot
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