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The referendum took place while I was in the middle of reading this, and I vaguely hoped it might give some insight into the histories of the England/Scotland relationship. But gawd, this is awful. Yeah, yeah, naive English lad ventures first to Northumberland and then Scotland and discovers that people talk funny and may not actually love London up there. The Jacobites rise and are defeated. Rob Roy himself doesn't appear in the book until surprisingly near the end. The writing style is florid and tedious. At least I can say I tried.


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Sep. 26th, 2014 04:46 am (UTC)
The first book I read that had the Jacobite struggles in it was Victor Hugo's L'homme qui rit ("The Man Who Laughs"), whose hero is the exiled heir to a noble title in England: the lost Lord Clancharlie. He makes one speech on behalf of the sufferings of the common people, is laughed out of the House of Lords, and vanishes into the night. Not much like the actual history but now that I know the actual history the allusion sticks out.
Sep. 26th, 2014 04:26 pm (UTC)
I think I saw the movie, and that one was awful as well, so even if the book is better, that doesn't mean much ;)
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