Hawkfall: And Other Stories

Hawkfall And Other Stories This collection of eleven stories first published by The Hogarth Press in demonstrates the full range of George Mackay Brown s literary talent George Mackay Brown was steeped in the life and tr

  • Title: Hawkfall: And Other Stories
  • Author: George Mackay Brown
  • ISBN: 9781904598183
  • Page: 443
  • Format: Paperback
  • This collection of eleven stories, first published by The Hogarth Press in 1974, demonstrates the full range of George Mackay Brown s literary talent George Mackay Brown was steeped in the life and traditions of Orkney, a world set firmly between the sea and the sky, where time has an altogether different nature and significance from the rest of the world In Orkney, wrThis collection of eleven stories, first published by The Hogarth Press in 1974, demonstrates the full range of George Mackay Brown s literary talent George Mackay Brown was steeped in the life and traditions of Orkney, a world set firmly between the sea and the sky, where time has an altogether different nature and significance from the rest of the world In Orkney, wrote Edwin Muir, the lives of living men turn into legend The rich history of the islands the succession of Neolithic man, Pict, Norsemen, Scot leaves its impression upon the life of modern Orkney and is reflected in this finely wrought collection Mingling past and present, the human world and the spiritual, George Mackay Brown brings together both the modern islanders and the Orcadians of centuries past, for the same lineaments are discernable in both Hawkfall , the central story, traces the vicissitudes, violence and hypocrisies which recur over many generations in The Drowned Rose , the ghosts of dead lovers, still in love with the things of this world, mix with the living, while Sealskin explored the relationship between legend, art and life All stories are richly entertaining, poignant and moving, their universal themes realized in the context of their unique island setting.

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    1. This is the fourth book I have read by George Mackay Brown, and although there is quite a lot of common ground between them, they all add something to the whole. His writing is firmly rooted in the history and society of the Orkneys. He is a master storyteller, equally adept with historical legends, folklore and personal stories that give a deep insight into the largely lost world of the islanders.

    2. Not so much short stories as a collection of Orcadian fables based on historical events or folk stories. I'd probably take this book with me if I was visiting Orkney again as it would bring some of the historical sites to life. It didn't bowl me over though.

    3. This was a gorgeous, slow, thoughtful collection of short stories that really explored human nature in a way that made such great use of Orkney's almost mournful setting. Some of the twists and turns were so unexpected, and I loved how matter of fact yet so evocative Brown's writing is. There were some passages that really resonated with me and I think I could read the collection over and over and still discover new things in it. At their heart every story is so wonderfully human, made all the m [...]

    4. I didn't enjoy all of these short stories equally, but several of them were masterpieces. And the setting in the Orkney Islands off the north of Scotland brought to life a beautiful and unusual community and culture.

    5. Short stories set in Orkney full of village characters. Two of the stories are ghost stories and one appears to be somewhat autobiographical.

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