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Scotland: The Place of Visions

Scotland: The Place of Visions

by Jan Morris
     
 
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

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal - Library Journal
The beauty and diversity of Scotland, its people, its cities and countryside, its turbulent history are expertly captured in this lovely collaboration between travel writer Morris and landscape photographer Wakefield. The authors take the reader on a colorful excursion from the border lands in the south to the rugged Highlands in the north, and all around the rocky, irregular coast for nowhere in Scotland is one more than 40 miles from the sea. Never lurking far from the writer's consciousness and frequently invoked are the shades of Robert Burns and Sir Walter Scott, who have provided the world with so many of its images of this special corner of Europe. For most libraries. Laurence Hull, Cannon Memorial Lib., Concord, N.C. Home Economics

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780760709481
Publisher:
Sterling Publishing
Publication date:
05/15/1998
Pages:
154

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