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Sunset Song [Paperback]

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Item description for Sunset Song by Lewis Grassic Gibbon & Ian Campbell...

Devastated by the First World War, Chris Guthrie must confront life as a widowed single mother while managing her recently destroyed farm. Sunset Song is a powerful testament to Scotland's agricultural past and life at the beginning of the twentieth century.

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Pages   263
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 5" Height: 7.5"
Weight:   0.6 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 15, 2006
Publisher   Polygon
ISBN  1904598668  
ISBN13  9781904598664  

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More About Lewis Grassic Gibbon & Ian Campbell

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! James Leslie Mitchell, 'Lewis Grassic Gibbon' (1901-35), was born and brought up in the rich farming land of Scotland's North-East coast. After a brief journalistic career, he joined the Royal Army Service Corps in 1919, serving in Persia, India and Egypt before he spent six years as a clerk in the RAF. He married Rebecca Middleton in 1925, and became a full-time writer in 1929. He was a prolific writer of novels, short stories and essays and had seventeen full length books published before his untimely death at the age of thirty-four. He adopted his maternal grandmother's name for his Scottish work including A Scots Quair: Sunset Song, Cloud Howe and Grey Granite. An unfinished novel, The Speak of the Mearns, was published posthumously in 1982.

Lewis Grassic Gibbon was born in 1901 and died in 1935.

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Outstanding  Jan 8, 2008
Several years ago, I saw a PBS "Masterpiece Theatre" adaptation of SUNSET SONG. It was excellent, and prompted me to go out & quickly purchase a copy of this novel. I have since re-read it at least once a year. The story of the life of a young girl, Chris Guthrie, in turn-of-the-century Scotland to the end of WWI, it is a page-turner, filled with vivid characterizations; disturbing in some parts, filled with tenderness in others. A truly compelling, beautiful novel that memorializes another place and time, vividly. Cannot recommend this novel highly enough.

My understanding is that this the first novel in a trilogy called "Scots Quair" but I have never read the other two novels. SUNSET SONG can easily stand alone, in my opinion; I don't want to take Chris any farther than she's brought here. I felt her character and her life were fully developed (heartbreakingly so) by this novel alone.

i side with those who have called this tedious.  Jul 16, 2007
this book has been hanging out at my house for about 20 years now, and i finally decided it was time for it to earn its keep. well, i'm now giving it the boot. off to the goodwill with the thing. this is suppose to be a masterpiece of scottish literature. ?. c'mon, you scots can do better than this! i know you can. this book is so weighed down with obscure & tedious scottish vernacular that i simply could not finish it. i made it to about page 100, then said, "i'm outta here." if you are one of the folks who love this book, well: God love you. this book just was not my cup of tea, and i'm sure legions of others will feel the same way. the unsuspecting should be better forwarned about what lays between the covers of this book. that's my aim here. job done.
please ignore bad reviews  Dec 27, 2005
as to the long sentences, well, yes, this is a song, so, the writing, well, here's a quote:
"Then she forgot it, standing by the fire getting out of her blue things, one by one. She found it sweet to do that, so slowly, and to have [name] kiss her at last when there was no bar to kisses, lying with him then, with the light put out and the radiance of the fire on the walls and ceiling. And she turned to him at last, whispering and tender for him, We're daft, we'll catch cold without anything on! and then she saw his face beside her, solemn and strange, yet not strange at all. And he put his left hand below her neck, and he took her close to him, and they were one flesh, one and together; and far into the morning she woke, and was not cold at all, him holding her so, and then she heard the hand of winter write on the window, and listened a moment, happy, happy, and fell fast asleep till morning brought Mistress Melon and two great cups of tea to waken [name] and herself."
so, i guess the writer (the name Gibbon being a pseudonym by the way) could've simply said, "They had sex."
proust, too, wrote long sentences, and a whole bunch of other great authors, and guess what? i love them all, and this is a great book with beautiful writing and characters and a great sense of humor to boot. if you have any doubts, just read the prelude, and if it doesn't make you smile and want to keep reading, then poo! as for me, im off to read the remainder of the trilogy.
Singing a song of Scotland  Mar 14, 2003
This book is the greatest of its time and endures as a seminal piece of literature. A song should be sung and this song should be read aloud, not intoned inside the dim recesses of the mind. Chris faces no issue which is not relevant today, from incest and spousal abuse, to the horrors and tragedies of war, to the chave and ecstasies of life. It is appealing to all ages, but must be approached with a mind open to diversity and multicultural exchange if the magic is to work. My children have all loved this book, even the non-readers amongst them. While the pages breathe with the life of North-East of Scotland, the characters are found the world over.
Feast upon the words and you will be filled.
A Credit to Scotland...  Sep 23, 2002
Sunset Song, by Lewis Grassic Gibbon is one of the most moving novels I have ever read in my life. Each character within Sunset Song has an important part to play in the day-to-day life of the central character 'Chris Guthrie' who endures many experiences, both good and bad as she goes through her adolescent life on to adulthood.

The rural community of Kinraddie where Sunset Song is set, introduces a diverse number of characters - from Chae Strachan, the romantic Socialist to Long Rob of the Mill, each character plays a vital role in Chris' development, and as you progress through the novel you will see the role of the community playing a larger part in Chris' life than ever before.

Sunset Song is a brilliant read, and with each paragraph Grassic Gibbon writes, there is a new twist to the story which makes it a credit to Scotland, and is a piece of sheer excellence. If ever a book should be praised - then Sunset Song should be it - a life-changing novel that will amaze you.


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