Butcher's Broom (Modern Scottish classics)

Butcher's Broom is one of Gunn's epic recreations of a key period in Scottish history, the Highland clearances of the nineteenth century. Gunn captures the spirit of Highland culture, the sense of community and tradition, in a manner that speaks to our own time. At the centre of the novel is Dark Mairi who embodies what is most vital and lasting in mankind, whose values encapsulate what was lost in Scotland to make way for progress while her land was cleared to make way for wintering sheep. The weaving of traditional ballads with the lives of Gunn's characters evokes the community that must be destroyed. Elie lost among strangers with her fatherless child while Seonaid defies the invaders, fighting them from the roof of her croft. This is among the most moving of Gunn's works and establishes the belief in a transcendent spirituality that would be so dominant in his later work.

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By Alesa · ★★★★☆ · February 01, 2014
This is a long, poetic and truly heartbreaking book about the Scottish Highland Clearances. There's no doubt about where the author's sympathies lie; the villains are really, really bad, and the good guys are, well, quite human.

I learned a lot by reading this book, both about the Clearances and a... ...more
By Áine (The United States) · ★★★★★ · January 05, 2014
A people and their history swept away in four parts and fifty years. Horo, Mhairi Dubh., 5 Jan 2014


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By John (The United Kingdom) · ★★★☆☆ · April 05, 2013
I found this hard going, but a gripping account of the trials and tribulations of the clearances. ...more
By Rowena (Coupeville, WA) · ★★★★★ · July 07, 2008
A book about the clash between a dying culture and the one that is replacing it. ...more