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by Neil M. Gunn

eBook Green Isle of the Great Deep download ISBN: 0285621920
Author: Neil M. Gunn
Publisher: Souvenir Press Ltd (September 1, 1975)
Language: English
Pages: 256
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Category: Literature
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The Green Isle of the Great Deep is a 1944 dystopian novel by Neil M. Gunn.

The Green Isle of the Great Deep is a 1944 dystopian novel by Neil M. Whilst the book features two protagonists from his previous novel, Young Art and Old Hector, Gunn transports the characters into an allegory about totalitarianism and the nature of freedom and legend. Young Art and Old Hector are sitting in the kitchen, whilst the characters from the previous book discuss the atrocities occurring in mainland Europe

Start by marking The Green Isle of the Great Deep as Want to Read . I picked this book up for 1 in my local Oxfam book stores and gosh, was it a great find.

Start by marking The Green Isle of the Great Deep as Want to Read: Want to Read savin. ant to Read. Compared to much of the tat that is considered either a classic of literature of a classic of its particulate genre, this book stands out for being under appreciated. Written by Neil . unn in the 40's its biblical allegory at its finest.

Neil Miller Gunn was born in the village of Dunbeath, Caithness. In his later years Gunn lived on the Black Isle. He died in Raigmore Hospital in Inverness on 15 January 1973, aged 8. .The Green Isle of the Great Deep (1944). The Key of the Chest (1945). The Drinking Well (1946). His father was the captain of a herring boat, and Gunn's fascination with the sea and the courage of fishermen can be traced directly back to his childhood memories of his father's work. His mother would also provide Gunn with a crucial model for the types of steadfast, earthy, and tradition-bearing women that would populate many of his works.

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Neil Miller Gunn was a prolific novelist, critic, and dramatist who emerged as.They awake in an alternative Highland universe called the Green Isle. Ecclesiastes is one of 24 books of the Tanakh or Hebrew Bible, where it is classified as one of the Ketuvim.

Neil Miller Gunn was a prolific novelist, critic, and dramatist who emerged as one of the leading lights of the Scottish Renaissance of the 1920s and 1930s. Young Art and Old Hector is a novel by Neil M. Originally written c. 450–200 BCE, it is also among the canonical Wisdom Books in the Old Testament of most denominations of Christianity.

Ponder-deep fantasy with a Highland burr: a bit off-center for the glen-and-brothy Gunn group.

Contemporary Fiction. The Green Isle of the Great Deep. Neil Gunn was born in Dunbeath, Caithness in 1891, the seventh of nine children. By (author) Neil Gunn. He published short stories throughout the 1920s and his first novel The Grey Coast in 1926. He wrote several other novels, including Butcher's Broom (1934), The Silver Darlings (1941) and his autobiography, The Atom of Delight, in 1956. He worked for the Civil Service as a Customs and Excise officer before becoming a full-time writer in 1937.

Neil Gunn was born in Caithness in 1891, son of the skipper of a fishing boat

Neil Gunn was born in Caithness in 1891, son of the skipper of a fishing boat. He had worked for more than twenty-five years in the Excise service when he threw up his job to live by writing. Gunn had come to see freedom as fundamental both as an individual drive for discovery and expression, and as an operative principle in society.

Hector regales Art with tales of the Celtic Otherworld, the eponymous "Green Isle of the Great Deep" and of the supreme legend of the nuts of knowledge falling into the pool of life and being swallowed by the salmon of wisdom. However, both Art and Hector get into difficulty in the Pool and both seemingly drown in the deep waters. This place is beautiful and fertile but although the land is abundant and the trees ripe with fruit, no one is allowed to touch the fruit and those that eat it fall ill.

From this evocative title comes a powerful novel set in the city of Glasgow in 1939. The main character, a journalist, finds that a glimpse of wild geese catalyses the development of his thinking on various levels – social, political and psychological. Culture and personality clashes and mystery, which portent much deeper clashes between spiritual and material values, provide a vastly enjoyable read. Horrific experiences of the blitz in wartime London and the spiritual bankruptcy of her lover and his Marxist acquaintances are seen through the eyes of Nan, a young Scotswoman, who has returned to her native Highlands to recover from a nervous breakdown.

Comments: (3)
False Advertising Alert! That Publishers' Weekly editorial review, in the pagemarker, tells a lie. You don't have to know a word of Gaelic or of Scots to understand what Neil Gunn wrote in The Green Isle of the Great Deep. True, the occasional term pops up, like "Bethune," but always within a cultural context, and such a word can easily be isolated, and researched elsewhere.
English, positively English, is Neil Gunn's medium. The careful reader will recognize, beneath the standard English vocabulary and delivery, a rhythm, a phrasing, a musicality, that is positively not Anglo-Saxon. At the time Gunn wrote and published the book, such literature existed already. If anything, in the years between then and now, this lyrical, poetic kind of writing has been accepted, embraced, and validated even more.
Although Gunn possessed little of any Gaelic -- and regretted this -- his ear was well acquainted with the sound of voices that spoke all the different tongues of the survivors of the Highland Clearances of his native Scotland.
Gunn referred to The Green Isle of the Great Deep as his best, greatest book in his old age, when his writing was almost entirely behind him. Such a challenging assertion invites controversy, and dares anyone to disregard the writing or the writer. Regrettably, Gunn himself, since his passing, ought to be better known; and this ambitious book, while it has not disappeared, largely gathers dust on the tenured shelves.
It is all very well to call the book outdated, that illuminates with such passion and indignation the atrocities of the Nazi Shoah of the twentieth century. It cannot be denied that the discussions, arguments, and quarrels written out in some pages of dialogue risks making the characters sound like wooden marionettes at times. Not necessarily for these, is this book to be remembered, but for creating other characters, and other motivations, which defy totalitarian dogma with their awareness, as in the case of old, kind, persecuted Hector, that man is a small part of a greater whole, and that that whole partakes of divinity, of creation, and is not to be mocked. The ringing language of this book echoes in the mind long after the book is closed, and its vivid, rich imagery haunts the inner eye with equal persistence. This book is capable of changing lives.
It's best not to look too closely at what goes into a Scots haggis -- that wondrous concoction of oats, animal parts, and spices boiled up in a sheep's stomach -- but when good, it can be very good indeed. And so it is with this fantasy novel by Neil M. Gunn, published in 1944, and a cult classic for those that know it. If I were to tell you that its spiritual setting is somewhere between Narnia and Brigadoon, that its narrative recalls The Pilgrim's Progress, and that its unlikely ingredients include responses to Hitler and Stalin, would you not be curious enough to taste? I have to say, it seems a dated book now, from the fringe of world events, but it is precisely the date and the Highland context that make it so interesting.

It begins in a village called Clachdrum. A wiry old man, Old Hector Macdonald, takes his young friend, an eight-year-old boy named Art, poaching for salmon. They fall into a pool and drown, only to wake up in the Celtic Paradise, known as the Green Isle of the Great Deep. And a verdant place it is, with blue skies, towering mountains, and orchards laden with rich fruit. But this paradise is also a totalitarian regime, whose inhabitants are brainwashed into contentment "like clean empty shells on a strange seashore." They are forbidden to eat the fruit and fed only processed gruel, but go out into the fields singing and bring in bumper harvests. The administration has little need of physical tortures. Newcomers and backsliders are brought before the Questioner at the Seat on the Rock, who can break a person's spirit in a matter of hours. Old Hector and Art encounter a small pocket of crofters mounting their own quiet resistance, but it is the boy's uncanny ability to escape capture that triggers the crisis that will eventually bring the regime to its knees.

Gunn uses his Highland setting to evoke both humanity and tragedy. Although we see little of it, it is clear that Clachdrum is a close-knit community, with each member looking out for others; the pair will encounter similar values on the Green Isle in the croft of the two resisters who take them in. But the regime there clearly also reflects the bitter history of the Highland Clearances in the 18th century, and the current status where the natives may till the land as tenants, but may not partake of the abundant wildlife in its moors and streams. Also Scottish is the Calvinist concern for personal conscience and the Biblical underpinnings of moral debate. Although moral and even political philosophy may seem a poor response to the torture cellars of the Gestapo or KGB, it is fascinating to see the author grappling with these problems in a time when the full horrors were not yet known, and the War had hardly touched the remote landscape from which he was writing.
This is simply an all time great novel. It has that which is required, that which is optional and that which I did not know could be written. Gunn has created a reality that neither needs nor demands disbelief from any one who has any religious knowledge - and yet creates a god who is acceptable to all faiths.
Leviathan meets GBS meets Inshalla'h
To me this is a vastly underated seminal work (and when you have read it you too can find that description totally inappropriate.)
When you read it, read it contemporaneously. Look at the published date of the first edition and then wonder... and wonder...
And enjoy.
And if you did - email me: proselytising is bl**dy hard work and deserves reward <g>.