Sunset Song (Google eBook)

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Canongate Books, Mar 30, 2006 - Fiction - 282 pages
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Divided between her love of the land and the brutal harshness of farming life, young Chris Guthrie finally chooses to stay in the rural community of her childhood. Yet the First WORLD War and the economic and social changes that follow make her a widow and mock the efforts of her youth. But although the days of the small crofter are over, Chris symbolises and intuitive strength which, like the land itself, endures despite everything. Sunset Song is the first and most celebrated book of Grassic Gibbonís great trilogy, A Scotís Quair. It provides a powerful description of the first two decades of the century through the evocation of change and the lyrical intensity of its prose. It is hard to think of any other Scottish novel this century which has received wider acclaim and better epitomises the feeling of a nation.

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Review: Sunset Song (A Scots Quair #1)

User Review  - Angela Meyer - Goodreads

The perfect novel to read while traveling in Scotland. A lively story of the brae (property/land) of Blawearie and the people who live on and around it pre- and during WWI, particularly Chris, a young ... Read full review

Review: Sunset Song (A Scots Quair #1)

User Review  - Bill - Goodreads

I read the whole trilogy many years ago but I decided to re-ready just Sunset Song as I am going to a stage production. I found it a very moving story and the character portrayals are vivid ... Read full review


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James Leslie Mitchell, 'Lewis Grassic Gibbon' (1901-35), was born and brought up in the rich farming land of Scotland's North-East Coast. After a brief and unsuccessful journalistic career, he joined the Royal Army Service Corps in 1919, serving in Persia, India and Egypt. Thereafter he spent a further six years as a clerk in the RAF. He married Rebecca Middleton in 1925, and became a full-time writer in 1929. The young couple settled in Welwyn Garden City where they lived until the writer's death in 1935.Mitchell published a number of short stories and articles and his first book, Hanno, or the Future of Exploration, appeared in 1928. Seven novels followed under his own name, Stained Radiance (1930); The Thirteenth Disciple (1931); Three Go Back (1932); The Lost Trumpet (1932); Image and Superscription (1933); Spartacus (1933); and Gay Hunter (1934). In the same year Mitchell collaborated with Hugh MacDiarmid to made Scottish Scene, which contained three of Mitchell's best short stories, later collected in A Scots Hairst (1969).

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