Sunset Song by Lewis Grassic Gibbon


English: Lewis Grassic Gibbon lived here... Me...

English: Lewis Grassic Gibbon lived here… Memorial to the author on Crown Terrace (actually a brown plaque in Aberdeen). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sunset Song Sunset Song by Lewis Grassic Gibbon

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What to say about this magnificent book? A splendid masterpiece by L.G. Gibbon.

This is the first boot of the trilogy A Scots Quair.

Opening lines:

KINRADDIE lands had been won by a Norman childe, Cospatric de Gondeshil, in the days of William de Lyon, when gryphons and such-like beasts still roamed the Scots countryside and folk would waken in their beds to hear the children screaming, with a great wolf-beast, come through the hide window, tearing at their throats.

According to George Malcom Thomson, to whom the book is dedicated, wrote that  “this Chris of yours is surely the greatest woman character in Scottish fiction…She is intensely Scottish and yet universal”.

Gibbon’s style is one of the great achievements of the trilogy and should be seen in relation to Scottish forerunners like John Galt as well as in the context of modernist innovators such as James Joyce, Gertrude Stein and William Faulkner. (Tom Crawford, Canongate Books)

I just found these little gem:

Sunset Song (BBC 1971) Clips 1, 2, 3 and 4.

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