Scotland: The Place of Visionsby Jan Morris
For Morris the idea of Scotland is both powerful/i>
In Scotland: The Place of Visions, the renowned travel writer Jan Morris has collaborated with the great landscape photographer Paul Wakefield to give us a guided tour of Scotland, from the rich glens and rivers of the south, through the famous towns and cities of the center, to the hard mountains of the north.
For Morris the idea of Scotland is both powerful and complex: 'Like some magnificent collage, it is made up of a thousand bits and pieces, slabs of truth, streaks of falsehood, fragments of memory and long sad passages of desire.' Whether she is describing the astonishing landscape, the diverse characters she encounters, her sharp observations of present day Scotland are always set against its multi-faceted historical background. The famous attractions of this rich country are all here: Loch Ness monster, golf, fishing, whiskey, and the Edinburgh Festival. Yet the lesser known face of its back streets and bleaker moorland is here too.
The Scots, perhaps more than most people, have not been molded by the landscape of their country. In Paul Wakefield's incomparable photographs something of Scotland's timeless quality emerges. He has an unerring eye for the dramatic beauty of nature, whether it be the simple driftwood of Loch Droma or the majestic peaks of Glen Coe.
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