Sunset Song, Paperback
3.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY ALI SMITH. Young Chris Guthrie lives a brutal life in the harsh landscape of northern Scotland, torn between her passion for the land, duty to her family and her love of books.

When her mother, broken by repeated childbirths, takes her own life and poisons her two youngest children, Chris is left with her father to run the farm on her own.

Soon she is alone, and for the first time can choose how to spend her life.

But as the First World War begins, everything changes, and the young men leave Scotland for battle.

The first in Gibbon's classic trilogy A Scot's Quair, Sunset Song is infused with local vernacular, and innovatively blends Scots and English in an intense description of Scottish life in the early twentieth century.




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This was beautifully written, like gentle poetry. There was even a hint of humour in the early stages, thanks to one of the more jocular villagers. I just wish the story had moved along a little more quickly.

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Sex and farming. And yet also a very moving book, especially at the end. Chris Guthrie, the heroine, is a tough character, not always easy to identify with, and she faces a lot of obstacles and sees them through in a resolute, non-sentimental way. Scottish rural life is general is portrayed as being about 5 steps away from crazy, but there are beautiful scenes -- harvest and wedding dances -- and a lot of drama. It didn't occur to me until after I'd read it how brave it must have been, in 1928, to have a hero who deserts from the front.

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