Off in a Boat

Off in a Boat

by Neil Gunn
     
 

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In 1937, the Scottish writer, Neil Gunn, gave up his job in the civil service, sold his house in Inverness, and bought a boat. With his wife and his brother John, he set off on a three-month voyage around Inner Hebrides. The boat had outlived its first youth, and its engine was somewhat cranky; she went tolerably under sail. These are not high recommendations, but

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In 1937, the Scottish writer, Neil Gunn, gave up his job in the civil service, sold his house in Inverness, and bought a boat. With his wife and his brother John, he set off on a three-month voyage around Inner Hebrides. The boat had outlived its first youth, and its engine was somewhat cranky; she went tolerably under sail. These are not high recommendations, but for Gunn, and at times his fellow voyagers, the vessel was an argosy of freedom, of adventure and misadventure–for they were fairly inexperienced sailors, and the waters of the region are by no means placid. Gunn was a Scots nationalist in a sense that goes far beyond the political, even though he thought that an independent Scotland was the only proper basis for a reasonable civilization. He was by nature poetic, uplifted or cast down by changing skies, seascapes, and shores. His descriptions of those things, including their moods, are remarkably evocative. And he is also a passionate historian of his country, exalting its possibilities, anathematizing its shortcomings. The book is illustrated with Daisy Gunn's photographs taken on the voyage, which are palpably amateur but wonderfully telling.

Editorial Reviews

The Independant
Exhilarating.... Gunn's joy is infectious.
— Euan Cameron
The Book Reader
Scotland's greatest novelist of the century.
The Independant - Euan Cameron
Exhilarating.... Gunn's joy is infectious.
Trevor Royale
The most important Scottish novelist of the 20th century.
Euan Cameron
"Exhilarating.... Gunn's joy is infectious."
The Independant

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780941533980
Publisher:
Dee, Ivan R. Publisher
Publication date:
04/28/1998
Pages:
348
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.00(d)

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Trevor Royale
"The most important Scottish novelist of the 20th century."
editor of The MacMillan Companion to Scottish Literature

Meet the Author

Neil Gunn is recognized as one of Scotland's foremost writers. In recent years, many of his books have been re-issued, including two volumes of criticism and half a dozen novels.

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