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On the Crofter's Trail par [Craig, David]
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Revue de presse

An outstanding book. --The Herald

He has the eye, the imagination and the descriptive density of early Bruce Chatwin. --Toronto Globe & Mail

A powerful, poetic, personal Highland Odyssey. --Times Literary Supplement

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In the Clearances of the 19th century, crofts - once the mainstay of Highland life in Scotland - were swept away as the land was put over to sheep grazing. Many of the people of the Highlands and islands of Scotland were forced from their homes by landowners in the Clearances. Some fled to Nova Scotia and beyond. David Craig sets out to discover how many of their stories survive in the memories of their descendants. He travels through 21 islands in Scotland and Canada, many thousands of miles of moor and glen, and presents the words of men and women of both countries as they recount the suffering of their forbears.

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 359 pages
  • Editeur : Birlinn (13 mai 2013)
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HASH(0x94366288) étoiles sur 5 A complex collection of history, sorrow and hope 30 janvier 2008
Par Shawn Marchinek - Publié sur
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On the Crofters' Trail, In the search of the Clearance Highlanders by David Craig is an interesting and complex book. Basically it is the story of David Craig and his wife as they travel across the Scottish Highlands and Islands then off to Canada to seek out the descendents of Highlanders who suffered the clearance as proof they happened plus giving a tie or link for the North American descendents of today. The suffering and pain that they suffered as the sheep came north is evident. With each tail retold by Mr. Craig a similar pattern and truth seems to surface. It seems hard to deny as some do that the clearances never occurred. In this I enjoyed the book as it helped preserve the history from the raw sources before it passed into oblivion.

The book did seem to ramble a little and become difficult to understand the direction and reasoning behind Craig's journey or quest. He often reverts to tales of earlier visits in his younger years and then returns to the present. Sometimes a paragraph ends as if he got off track and forgot his original point. It made reading a little hard to follow. Some of it seemed as if a personal quest of himself trying to apologize for his ignorance as a admitted Lowlander to his nation's history or maybe for the lack of respect of the Lowlanders for the Highlanders of the past.

The book is rich with amazing stories and memories that I so appreciate. These would be lost if not for Craig's gallant effort at traveling the world to listen and record for future generations of the world's Scottish Descendents. History is so important for us to understand who we are and why we are where we are. This book helps explain that.

I recommend a second reading or taking it chapter by chapter to try and digest and reflect on the book. Not a quick read and sometimes tiresome. In the end it is worth it though as I feel my understanding of the clearances and the affects on today's Scots has improved. I would recommend you have a good understanding of Scottish history before tackling this book though.
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