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Corrag

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What had been a moving portrait of a muted and independent female in a brutal masculine world became the same old fairy story. This is a very special book, one which some would say I don't know where to start my review but I do , I know because Corrag is an exceptional character who has emptied her heart in the telling of this story and in doing so she has filled mine to the brim. In lyrical prose Corrag tells how she escaped from England on a fast horse after her mother was hung, and arrived at a place of incredible natural beauty--Glencoe.

but all of them--from the snow, to his fern-red hair, to my mare's eye reflecting the sky as she smelt the air of Rannoch Moor--have light in them, and are worth it. We all have our stories, and we speak of them, and weave them into other people’s stories--that's how it goes, does it not? She is forced to leave her mother who will be burned at the stake for witchcraft and flees to the Scottish highlands. Seeing true, natural beauty can lessen it, because sunsets and winter light can make you say inside you ‘I am not alone’ – you feel it, through such beauty. If you are not left spell-bound by the end of this hauntingly gorgeous story, I'm not sure what will.

when thirty-eight members of the Macdonald clan were killed by soldiers who had enjoyed the clan's hospitality for the previous ten days. I’ve had it with the hairs on my arms standing up, at the sound of a clan singing a fireside song, or with my eyes filling with tears at a simple, lovely sight. Despite her life so far and her hardships, she has such a capacity for love and kindness for eveyone she meets.

It had the thick, earthy smell of plants at night, and water, and water sounds… A valley of such narrowness, and with such steep sides that it is like walking into a hand, half-closed… It was an open hand that I could lie inside, and it would keep me safe. The descriptions of the land and few encounters Corrag has are are superb -- but as she's traveling the story isn't really going anyplace. Fletcher comes at her story obliquely, through the eyes of the eponymous Corrag, whose curious name is an amalgamation of her mother's – Cora – and the epithet most frequently thrown at her, hag. Be aware of a blood-red skirt, a man "brimming with words", a look that is "owl-wise and cat-sly", second-sight.This is probably the most heart filling book I've ever read, Corrag will speak to your soul , if like me you love books that are atmospheric, lyrical, poetic. Most of the clan was able to escape, to the fury of William of Orange's agent who was behind the scheme.

She tells her story to Charles, who believes at first she should be executed, but as Corrag tells her story.She takes up living in the wilds of Glencoe, and her life becomes entwined with the McDonald clan who live there. The novel alternates between Corrag’s voice and Charles Leslie’s point of view which is cleverly related to us by a series of lovely letters written by him to his wife back home. Reverend Charles Leslie, adopting his wife’s maiden name for a disguise, arrives in the town to find out information about the Glencoe massacre of the MacDonald clan in Scotland. Corrag’s grey mare takes her north, and the bond she shares with the animal (and the many she meets thereafter) is deep and heartbreaking. Fletcher has a remarkable talent with words…her approach to the world is side-on, not direct; she is attuned to the ambiguities, the spaces, the gaps left in language, the things that are not spoken; she imbues inanimate objects with a life of their own, a history and a personality and a voice.



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  • EAN: 764486781913
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