Orkney

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Counterpoint, Apr 2, 2013 - Fiction - 224 pages
17 Reviews
Following her wonderful debut, The Still Point, Sackville returns with a strangely beautiful short novel about love and sex and obsession. A literature professor marries his prize student, a woman forty years his junior, and at her request he takes her to the sea for their honeymoon. He is embarked on his life’s work, a book about enchantment-narratives in literature, most all of them involving strange girls and women, but soon finds himself distracted by his own enchantment for his new white-haired young wife.

They travel to the Orkney Islands, the ancient Mesolithic and Neolithic site north of the Scottish coast, “the Seal Islands,” a barren place of extraordinary beauty. And as the days of their honeymoon pass his desire and his constant, yearning contemplation become his normality. His mysterious bride becomes his entire universe.

He is consumed.
 

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Flashes of superb writing. - Goodreads
Short review: Style over substance; graceful prose. - Goodreads
The language is beautiful, but the plot is lacking. - Goodreads
Sea, storms, storytelling, selkies. - Goodreads
The writing was mostly very beautiful. - Goodreads
Take your time with its prose. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Moira McPartlin - Goodreads

I can't understand why more people haven't discovered this book. It is a strange tale set on a small island in the Orkney Isles. A sixty year old professor and his young bride honeymoon in an old ... Read full review

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User Review  - Rowenah - Goodreads

There's no doubt this book is beautifully written but the storyline of two unlikeable guffs on their honeymoon on a remote Orcadian island just bored me to tears. There is something so creepy and ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
25
Section 3
51
Section 4
77
Section 5
99
Section 6
121
Section 7
135
Section 8
151
Section 10
195
Section 11
213
Section 12
233
Section 13
239
Section 14
240
Section 15
247
Section 16
255
Copyright

Section 9
169

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About the author (2013)

Amy Sackville was born in 1981. She studied English and Theatre Studies at Leeds, and went on to an MPhil in English at Exeter College, Oxford, and an MA in Creative & Life Writing at Goldsmiths. Her first novel was The Still Point. She teaches creative writing at the University of Kent.

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