Scotland Is Not for the Squeamish

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Continuing from where A Celtic Childhood left off, Scotland Is Not for the Squeamish reflects on the events that transpired through Bill's early twenties and shaped him as a man. After realizing his childhood dream of becoming a wireless operator at seas, Watkins narrates his amazing predicaments. Whether it?s a hurricane on a trawler, sinking docked warships, or hunting for gold in the mountains of Scotland, the tales of the ever-vibrant Bill Watkins capture his adventures with...

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Overview

Continuing from where A Celtic Childhood left off, Scotland Is Not for the Squeamish reflects on the events that transpired through Bill's early twenties and shaped him as a man. After realizing his childhood dream of becoming a wireless operator at seas, Watkins narrates his amazing predicaments. Whether it’s a hurricane on a trawler, sinking docked warships, or hunting for gold in the mountains of Scotland, the tales of the ever-vibrant Bill Watkins capture his adventures with glorious effect.

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Library Journal
This is the second of a planned trilogy, the first of which explored Watkins's childhood (A Celtic Childhood, LJ 9/15/99). In this volume, we follow his adventures as a young man, first on the high seas and later in Scotland. It is no surprise that these reminiscences are more colorful in language and content, but they still contain the youthful na vet and charm that buoyed up the earlier volume. The characters and settings are vividly described in Watkins's colorful, somewhat florid style. Throughout, he skillfully intertwines history, literature, and the real world, creating an entertaining composite of "true and tall tales" in the process. The book includes a glossary (particularly helpful for the slang terms) and lyrics for some of the songs referred to in the text. An entertaining read; recommended for larger public libraries. Angela M. Weiler, SUNY at Morrisville Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
This is the second book in a planned trilogy on the author's life which began with . Shared in it are intimate stories of poverty, bawdy nights and drunken days as well as of high seas adventures and explorations of the Scottish Highlands. A post- script includes various Scottish songs. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780976520177
  • Publisher: Scarletta Press
  • Publication date: 8/30/2011
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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The sea is rising, sending ice-floe calves buffeting along the rows of steel rivets that hold the hull plates in place. In the half-light, the distant bergs are a circle of menacing shapes. At all points of the compass, they lie like tenacious timberwolves, waiting to strike down their prey and devour it. I shiver, not so much from the cold, but from a growing feeling of foreboding that has haunted me for the past few minutes.

The night descends, morbid and malignant on the Arctic Ocean, quenching the friendly flicker of the aurora borealis. To the southwest, frozen stars vanish as treacle-thick storm clouds eat into the fanciful configurations of fabled constellations. Lone sentinel of the northern wastes, our tiny vessel is a Christmas tree of colored lights in an otherwise lightless crypt of cresting swell.

I give the sea on last scan, to make sure we aren't standing into any unforeseen danger, before heading for the warmth of the wheelhouse. All I see is our own navigation lights reflecting back from the glassy mountains, like the ethereal running lights of long-gone ghost ships.

I shiver again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2001

    Another Gifted Celtic Author.

    What a surpise to come upon a storyteller from the Gaelic that doesn't rely on past family tragedy. Watkins stories are like being in the presence of the teller. It's impossible to stop reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2000

    Salty Tales and Celtic Comedy

    I thought it would be hard to top 'A Celtic Childhood,' but once again Watkins' gift for storytelling left me laughing, crying, and amazed at the wealth of Celtic history and Druidic wisdom that emerges from his rich mixture of vivid prose, poetry and song. I truly couldn't put this one down. I read 15 chapters in a single day. Now I can't wait for part three of the triolgy! 'Write On' Bill!

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