Item description for Rafael's Wings: A Novel of Mallorca by Sian Mackay...
Her life as she knows it in Scotland is over. Ornithologist Luisa Ross embarks on an odyssey to Spain where, during the course of a lonely fieldwork assignment in the mountains of Mallorca, she discovers an extraordinary and mysterious world. The people who inhabit it - the enigmatic Anita Berens, the Ferrer family, the journalist Colin Cramer, her nature conservancy colleagues, Julio and Felipe, and the shaman Rafael Vargas - challenge her preconceptions at every turn. Isolated on the mountain she gets on with her field study and struggles to avoid the distractions of the nearby town. But there is no escape, and soon she finds herself confronting the severest challenge of her life so far. Comments about the author's work: The lyrical, lucid text takes the reader on a wonderfully vivid journey . . . . The Herald . . . she spins a web of words . . . . The Scotsman I would recommend it to anyone searching for the inherent magic and poetry that makes Mallorca such a special place. The Reader Sian Mackay lived for several years in Egypt and North America before returning to her native Scotland to bring up her son and daughter and work as a journalist. She founded Moubray House Press in Edinburgh's Royal Mile and later wrote several non-fiction books (as Sheila Mackay) including Lindisfarne Landscapes, Mountain Music: Mallorca, The Forth Bridge and Early Scottish Gardens: A Writer's Odyssey. By 1992 Spain had become her 'home from home', and Mallorca was the seedbed for a further literary transition, where the grandeur of the Sierra de Tramuntana and its mountain towns inspired Rafael's Wings.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.82" Width: 5.98" Height: 0.94" Weight: 1.1 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2006
Publisher Kennedy & Boyd
ISBN 1904999271 ISBN13 9781904999270
Availability 149 units. Availability accurate as of Feb 27, 2017 08:39.
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More About Sian Mackay
Sian Mackay was born in Edinburgh, the 'City of Literature', in the same district of Canonmills where Robert Louis Stevenson had been born a century earlier. When she grew up, like many Scots, she was inspired by his writing and a series of coincidences led her to the English seaside town of Bournemouth where Stevenson lived that momentous year of 1885 when he wrote 'Kidnapped' and 'Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde'. Her fascination with how this unlikely literary milestone came about led to her writing the fictive biography of Stevenson 'The House on the Chine'. Sian Mackay started out as 'Sheila Mackay' a journalist and non-fiction writer with several books of popular Scottish history to her credit. During the 1990s she lived in Spain where she started writing fiction - short stories to begin with - and encouraged by appearing on the shortlist for an Ian St James award, she wrote her first novel 'Rafael's Wings' there. This literary transition has left its mark on her work. The central challenge of her writing practice is the continual wrestle with 'fact' and 'fiction' - she sees one as a mirror for the other - and she works in both mediums. 'The House on the Chine' contains elements of both as does her current 'fictive biography' about a war artist who lived heroically through all the ground shattering epochs of the first half of the 20th century and died on the Spanish island of Mallorca in 1960.
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Poor Jul 18, 2006
I really wanted to like this book, which I picked up solely on the basis of its setting. I have rarely encountered such poor writing in print. This novel is not so much a failure of conception but of execution. One should think there would be an editor or two somewhere in Scotland who could have excised the blunders that abound thoughout this book.