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14.12.2020 в 12:39 #15679Arlene HulseyГость
An Island Life in the Hebrides
by Adam Nicolson
- Publisher: North Point Press
- Genres: scotland, travel, memoir, nature, history, biography, autobiography, unfinished
- Release date: June 1, 2002
- ISBN: 9780865476363 (0865476365)
- Format: hardcover, 391 pages
- Author: Adam Nicolson
- Places: The Shiants, Western Isles, Scotland, The Hebrides, Scotland
- Language: english
About The Book
In 1937, Adam Nicolson’s father answered a newspaper ad — “Uninhabited islands for sale. Outer Hebrides, 600 acres … Puffins and seals. Apply … ”.
In this radiant and powerful book, Adam describes, and relives, his love affair with this enchantingly beautiful property, which he inherited when he was twenty-one. As the islands grew to become the most important thing in his life, they began to offer him more than escape, giving him “sea room” — a sailing term Nicolson uses to mean “the sense of enlargement that island life can give you.”
The Shiants — the name means holy or enchanted islands — lie east of the Isle of Lewis in a treacherous sea once known as the “stream of blue men,” after the legendary water spirits who menaced sailors there. Crowned with five-hundred-foot cliffs of black basalt and surrounded by tidal rips, teeming in the summer with thousands of sea birds, they are wild, dangerous, and dramatic — with a long, haunting past. For millennia the Shiants were a haven for those seeking solitude — an eighth-century hermit, the twentieth-century novelist Compton Mackenzie — but their rich, sometimes violent history of human habitation includes much more. Since the Stone Age, families have dwelled on the islands and sailors have perished on their shores. The landscape is soaked in centuries-old tales of restless ghosts and ancient treasure, cradling the heritage of a once productive world of farmers and fishermen.
In passionate, keenly precise prose, Nicolson evokes the paradoxes of island life: cut off from the mainland yet intricately bound to it, austere yet fertile, unforgiving yet bewitchingly beautiful.
Sea Room does more than celebrate and praise this extraordinary place. It shares with us the greatest gift an island can bestow: a deep, revelatory engagement with the natural world.
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14.12.2020 в 13:21 #15683chernobylguideГость
The Wayward Wizard — Jeff Sampson — 9780786941636