I would like to start by agreeing this IS a perfect book to accompany May's Lewis Trilogy. And this becomes obvious within the first minute
As I sit with my own copy (which arrived this morning), my first thought is what a beautiful thing it is. To hold the book in my hands is a complete visual feast. Before actually reading from cover to cover, I often like to spend time looking at the excellent photos - most provide infinite inspiration for Artists and Poets. I was drawn to the photos on pages 48 and 49. On the left, waves assaulting the shore of Bru.To the right- the forbidding clouds of a gathering dominate Galson. Each of these photos, provide clues to the fact that weather and the other natural elements form and shape the lives and environments of generations of Island people - The Hebrideans and their culture.
And all of that is clearly found within the pages of Peter May's Trilogy. So again, this is a perfect partner to go with them. (I also used Google Maps and it's clever features to follow the various scenes [and journeys] found in the Trilogy). In my own case, I began with Book 3 'Chessman', because as a Chess player, I'm also aware of the ancient Chess pieces found on a beach. I also have a resin set based upon the originals.
I'm still not disappointed for starting at Book 3.
On seeing the house used at Fin's Aunt's home, I recalled perhaps the funniest part, when both take Whistler to his own Blackhouse, where the Aunt confronts Whistler's drunken Yeti of a father. (Chapter 14? of Chessmen).
Peter May's 'Hebrides', is a wonderful book to own and to look at, whether one goes cover to cover, or just dips in and out randomly. The front cover draws us in, to see more; to look inside the building and imagine it as someone's home. Or to look to the right and try to see the view out to sea. I would recommend this to anyone.
Jack D. Harrison.
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