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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.
This is a stunning, stunning book which perfectly accompanies the Blackhouse Trilogy.
Beautiful photographs, and a wonderful narrative from the author illustrating the reasons for basing key sites on these photo's/actual houses and places, together with occasional extracts from the book so the reader can be transported to the location and the fictional book prose simultaneously.
If you've never read the series (do!) but the book works wonderfully well as a standalone photo guide to the Hebrides.
It's just a wonderful footnote for the series - treat yourself in hardback as it will become very well read.
Superb and varied, these evocative photographs are arranged chronologically to follow the sequences of the chapters of the whole Trilogy. Relevant passages from the text accompany many of the pictures, many reflecting the richness of the author's background descriptions for key scenes. Peter May must have struggled at times not to give too much information away re the action of the novels, but the combination of the the latter and this book create a unified whole - an immensely satisfying reading experience. I once visited parts of the Isle of Lewis, the Flannan Islands and St Kilda as a student back in 1967 and these books have inspired me to make another journey - nay, pilgrimage! - to see the sites of the action. As a keen photographer myself I found the technical notes by the book's photographer, Daniel Wilson, re the cameras used for certain images, to be interesting and informative. Peter May has really thought of everything with this book.
Love this. Lewis and Harris are home to some of my favourite places and i adore the trilogy. Its great to read a little about the settings that inspired him and to see and the lovely pictures in the book. Really happy with the level of history regarding the island that your told about to.
My only negatives are 1) the dust cover is the only front cover. This is a SERIOUS pet hate of mine as i DESPISE dust covers. So be warned, its just plane black with text on the spine stating what it is. Not amused with that. and 2) you are going to read the sentance "untouched for milenia" about a 100 times haha.
This is a brilliant book. The text and the photographs are absorbing and beautifully presented. I couldn't put the book down. I have learnt so much about these islands from reading about its history and culture, and studying the photographs. Peter May's personal style of writing draws you into the landscape and it is akin to being escorted round the Outer Hebrides. David Wilson's photographs are outstanding; you can look at them for hours as indeed I did - the seascapes are breathtaking, and images of derelict crofts, boats and blackhouse interiors are thought provoking and moving. I haven't read Peter May's fictional trilogy set in the Outer Hebrides, but if other readers have then this book will bring alive the spirit of place and settings for the novels.
If you're familiar with the excellent fictional stories Peter May writes set in the Hebrides, which are excellent by the way, then this table book will fulfil your visual and travelling needs. It has beautiful scenic pictures and lush dialogue about the islands. This was brought as a gift for our son and his wife who travel extensively in the Scottish highlands.
Having read Peter May's 'Lewis Trilogy' (if you haven't, I hightly recommend it), I really want to visit the Hebrides. It's about as far as you can travel in the UK from the South Coast to Lewis, so this book is the next best thing. The photographs are quite stunning and each turn of the page brings new delights and some have references which relate to the Lewis Trilogy. This enables one to imagine even better the events that take place in the books.
If you haven't read the Lewis Trilogy, this is a beautiful photographic record of the Hebrides and cannot fail to please.
A thoroughly well written and photographed book. I have read all of Peter May's Hebridean trilogy and the way he explains how he used actual locations to make up fictional events and places comes to life in this piece of work.
Bought this book to remind us of our wonderful holiday to the Outer Hebrides some years ago. It is lavishly adorned with stunning photographs but it is not a tourist guide. It is in the authors words a highly personalised account of the islands as he experienced them. If you have been to the Outer Hebrides then you will want this book, as we did, as a reminder of your visit. If you have never been then it will make you want to visit.
After visiting the Western Isles we decided to buy this book. We had seen it on the ferry and wanted a copy to keep. We have not been disappointed. Full of facts and stunning photography, it will make an excellent addition to your library or feature to your coffee table.