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Landscape to light: selected essays by Neil M Gunn.


Alistair McCleery

Dairmid Gunn


Although Neil M. Gunn is well-known as one of Scotland's foremost writers of the 20th century, he is less well-known as a perceptive and meditative essayist who wrote on a variety of subjects - from landscape, nature and the sea to literature, politics and matters of the spirit. Written in parallel with his novels, these essays contain many of the ideas and speculations that inform them. In this collection the focus is on landscape and the stimulus it provides for a journey of an enquiring mind from the observation of everyday life to a state of self-realisation. The essays mark the route. For example, in The French Fishing Smack there is a sense of freedom that only the sea can give; in The First Salmon a primal sense of adventure captivates; The Heron's Legs cannot but engender a sense of wonder and Light is a signal that the inner journey of the spirit has all but ended.


(2009). A. McCleery, & D. Gunn (Eds.), Landscape to light: selected essays by Neil M Gunn. Whittles

Book Type Authored Book
Publication Date 2009
Deposit Date Mar 25, 2010
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Book Title Landscape to light: selected essays by Neil M Gunn.
ISBN 978-1904445-90-6
Keywords Neil M Gunn; essays; spiritual journey; landscape;
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