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George Mackay Brown (1921–1996)

Autor/a de Beside the Ocean of Time

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Crèdit de la imatge: George Mackay Brown, author of "Beside the Ocean of Time"

Obres de George Mackay Brown

Beside the Ocean of Time (1994) 229 exemplars
Greenvoe (1972) 192 exemplars
Magnus (1973) 148 exemplars
Vinland (1992) 99 exemplars
Hawkfall (1974) 74 exemplars
Winter Tales (1995) 68 exemplars
Orkney Tapestry (1969) 65 exemplars
A Calendar of Love (1967) 57 exemplars
A Time to Keep (1969) 55 exemplars
Letters from Hamnavoe (1975) 33 exemplars
Sun's Net (1976) 32 exemplars
Andrina and Other Stories (1983) 28 exemplars
Time in a Red Coat (1984) 28 exemplars
The Island of the Women (1998) 28 exemplars
Under Brinkie's Brae (1979) 21 exemplars
Portrait of Orkney (1981) 19 exemplars
Selected Poems, 1954-1992 (1996) 19 exemplars
Rockpools & Daffodils (1992) 15 exemplars
Pictures in the Cave (1977) 14 exemplars
Following a Lark: Poems (1996) 13 exemplars
Modern Short Stories 2: 1940-1980 (1982) — Col·laborador — 12 exemplars
Selected Poems, 1954-83 (1991) 12 exemplars
The Sea and the Tower (1994) 9 exemplars
Travellers (2001) 8 exemplars
Poems new and selected (1971) 8 exemplars
Voyages (1983) 7 exemplars
Letters to Gypsy (1990) 6 exemplars
Keepers of the House (1986) 6 exemplars
A Spell for Green Corn (1970) 4 exemplars
Orkney Short Stories (1983) 4 exemplars
Writer's Ceilidh for Neil Gunn (1991) 3 exemplars
A Celebration for Magnus (1987) 3 exemplars
Selected poems (1977) 3 exemplars
Christmas stories (2020) 3 exemplars
The Loom of Light (1986) 3 exemplars
The Lost Village: 20 Poems (1992) 3 exemplars
Three Plays (1984) 2 exemplars
Edwin Muir - A Brief Memoir (1975) 2 exemplars
Orfeo: A Masque (1995) 2 exemplars
Hooded Fisherman (1985) 2 exemplars
Weihnachtsgäste: Erzählungen (1990) 2 exemplars
The First Wash of Spring (2006) 1 exemplars
In quella grotta (1999) 1 exemplars
Horizons (1971) — Col·laborador — 1 exemplars
Celia 1 exemplars
Loaves and Fishes : poems (1959) 1 exemplars
The Sea-King's Daughter (2000) 1 exemplars
Orcadians: Seven Impromptus (2016) 1 exemplars
Havard: Seven Choruses (2013) 1 exemplars

Obres associades

British Poetry Since 1945 (1970) — Col·laborador, algunes edicions165 exemplars
The Random House Book of Ghost Stories (1991) — Col·laborador — 135 exemplars
A Literary Christmas: An Anthology (2013) — Col·laborador — 133 exemplars
The Penguin Book of Ghost Stories (1984) — Col·laborador — 122 exemplars
Emergency Kit (1996) — Col·laborador, algunes edicions108 exemplars
The Oxford Book of Scottish Short Stories (1995) — Col·laborador — 102 exemplars
Scotland from the Air (1984) — Pròleg, algunes edicions90 exemplars
The New Penguin Book of Scottish Short Stories (1983) — Col·laborador — 70 exemplars
An Oxford Book of Christmas Stories (1986) — Col·laborador — 68 exemplars
The Penguin Book of Scottish Short Stories (1986) — Col·laborador — 66 exemplars
The Highlands and Islands of Scotland (Country Series) (1991) — Pròleg — 52 exemplars
An Omnibus of 20th Century Ghost Stories (1989) — Col·laborador — 45 exemplars
Xanadu 2 (1994) — Col·laborador — 45 exemplars
A Century of Children's Ghost Stories: Tales of Dread and Delight (1995) — Col·laborador — 27 exemplars
The Best Sea Stories (1986) — Col·laborador — 21 exemplars
An Anthology of Scottish Fantasy Literature (1996) — Col·laborador — 14 exemplars
Short Stories: The Thoroughly Modern Collection (2008) — Col·laborador — 5 exemplars
Sister Margaret Tournour (2003) — Col·laborador — 1 exemplars
Young Winter's Tales 1 (1970) — Col·laborador — 1 exemplars


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SassyLassy Seeing the Trees and the Forest a Club Read 2022 (novembre 2022)


Historical fiction about the life of Orkney Islands native Ranald Sigmundson from boyhood to death. It starts with the journeys of his youth. He stows away on Leif Erikson’s voyage to Vinland and continues his travels by sea to Greenland, Iceland, Norway, and Ireland. He eventually settles into a farming life in his homeland. This story is set in period during and just after they heyday of the Vikings. The part about Vinland is short but gains importance in Ranald’s life as time passes.

I enjoyed the first half of this book, which is focused on Ranald’s youth and travels. I did not maintain the same enthusiasm for the second half, which shifts to the rivalries among various Earls of Orkney, and their interactions with nearby Kings. Ranald becomes increasingly disillusioned with the politics and internecine squabbles among leaders, and retreats into an introspective life. As he ages, he prepares for his final journey, examining religious beliefs. Ranald’s’ story represents the process of gaining wisdom and finding what is important in life.

George Mackay Brown’s writing style is lovely. He tells Ranald’s allegorical tale in a manner that evokes the epic storytelling traditions of the past. I liked this book enough to read more of his back catalogue.
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Castlelass | Hi ha 2 ressenyes més | Oct 30, 2022 |
Eighteen short stories, none really boring and none really captivating. Fairly good reading for winter nights, in that somewhat old-fashioned, unhurried pace of storytelling.The Christian overtones are maybe sometimes too conspicuous: reading a third take on a ‘modern version’ of the same New Testament story can feel a bit monotonous, even if the theme is appropriate for the collection’s title. Appropriately too for an 'end of the year' tales, several are told in a ‘calendar’ format, describing a single year with a paragraph for each month.… (més)
Stravaiger64 | Dec 11, 2021 |
Read for GMB centenary book group - hadn’t remembered how much pain violence and torture there is
MiriamL | Apr 19, 2021 |
Someone on Twitter recommended Brown a couple of years ago, and so I’ve kept an eye open for his books in local charity shops ever since. Which is how I stumbled across Beside the Ocean of Time, which I thought good; and why I later picked up this book when I found it in a charity shop. It’s a collection of twenty-two very short stories, some of which work very well and some of which didn’t seem to work at all. Some barely qualify as stories. They’re all set in Brown’s home ground, the Orkneys, and they take place between the eleventh and twentieth centuries. They’re not arranged chronologically, but jump about. The title story is historical, and reads more like a fable than a short story. Another, about a mean old lady who leaves a surprising bequest, feels a bit out of place. A short story about the town’s first lamp-lighter is especially good. Another about a writer researching his past also stands out. Some of the stories seemed less… lyrical than I had expected, not that Brown’s prose is ornate, it’s typically very plain but it’s also very evocative. And in a few places here, that felt slightly lacking. However, the more by Brown I read, the more by Brown I want to read. So I’ll continue to keep eye open for his books.… (més)
iansales | Hi ha 1 ressenya més | May 19, 2018 |



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