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Greenvoe – tekijä: George Mackay Brown
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Greenvoe (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 1972; vuoden 2004 painos)

– tekijä: George Mackay Brown (Tekijä)

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Greenvoe, the tight-knit community on the Orcadian island of Hellya, has existed unchanged for generations, but Operation Black Star requires the island for unspecified purposes and threatens the islanders' way of life. A whole host of characters - The Skarf, failed fishermen and Marxist historian; Ivan Westray, boatman and dallier; pious creeler Samuel Whaness; drunken fishermen Bert Kerston; earth-mother Alice Voar, and meths-drinker Timmy Folster - are vividly brought to life in this sparkling mixture of prose and poetry.In the end Operation Black Star fails, but not before it has ruined the island; but the book ends on a note of hope as the islanders return to celebrate the ritual rebirth of Hellya.… (lisätietoja)
Jäsen:JElliott-Smith
Teoksen nimi:Greenvoe
Kirjailijat:George Mackay Brown (Tekijä)
Info:Birlinn (2004), 256 pages
Kokoelmat:Oma kirjasto, Partly read
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Greenvoe (tekijä: George Mackay Brown) (1972)

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    hazzabamboo: Both poetic and humorous snapshots of small rural communities - and both superb.
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I bought myself the book when visiting Orkney earlier this year, and picked up a CD of it performed thanks to an adaptation by Alan Plater, which I gave to my friend Barnesey. He listened to his CD before I got round to reading the book, and he really enjoyed it. I'd read "Vinland" a few months ago, so I knew that I was in for a poetic treat. And I was - GMB has a style that almost makes me weep it's so appealing.

Like "Under Milk Wood", it presents you with interwoven lives of the young, old, middle-aged and the very young and the fun is just getting to know the characters, being with them inside their heads and seeing them observing one another. There are extraordinarily brilliant lengthy passages, of which a favourite for me, towards the end, was Sam Whaness' very own "Book VI" of sorts! But there are gorgeous observations all the way through, right from the people speaking in low voices like water lapping on stones, at the beginning, to the talkative silence of the women at Mrs Evie's shop.

By the end, I was sharing the island's weariness - not because I was tired of the book, heck no! - just because of what was happening to the characters. The writing, meanwhile, kept up its freshness: horse-face distributing alms, railed by the Communist; the index cards discovered by Tommy - and how they so suddenly turned the Communist's fortunes; the sea's constancy throughout, the cliffs, the birds and the animals.

As for the Lord of the Harvest stuff - I was bewildered, but I realise it's The Horseman's Word. When I was in Stromness, I heard about the beekeepers and Masons, so perhaps it's a nod to them. As for the Black Star fella, he made me think of three chaps on bikes I also heard about, who were fiddling the Scottish referendum results for the Government. I wonder what GMB was basing it on c.1972...

First novel too. ( )
  emmakendon | Oct 3, 2017 |
All of George Mackay Brown's works are steeped in the cultures and traditions of his native Orkney Islands, and this, his first novel, is no exception. The community of Greenvoe and the island of Hellya are fictional composites but the lifestyles and experiences he describes are real if somewhat caricatured - Mackay Brown writes with warmth and humour and his background as a poet is often apparent ( )
  bodachliath | Jun 8, 2016 |
a warm but unsentimental insight into a remote, unchanging and, despite its history, apparently unchangeable Orkney community and the forces within it which tear it apart so swiftly when the outside world intervenes. But the world moves on and the old may yet reassert its power. The narrative is slightly uneven but maintains its power to enthrall. 31 Jan 2016. ( )
  alanca | Feb 13, 2016 |
Greenvoe is a haunting novel of destruction and survival in island village of Scotland. Greenvoe is a quiet village on the fictional island of Hellya in the Orkneys, where not much happens and life revolves around the fish, the inn, and the ferry. A cast of characters ranging from atheists and drunks to teetotaler Presbyterians populate the island. My favorite was probably the minister's mother who watches her judgement day play out before her eyes. But the introduction of a mysterious visitor presages the doom of the last chapter.

The bulk of the book is a interesting study of everyday village life. The drama of the mundane, so to speak. The children go to school, their mothers visit the store and deal with the bitter shopkeeper's wife, and their fathers go to sea (or not). There are moments of change, such as when the travelling salesman comes for his yearly visit, but overall little interrupts the passage of time until Project Black Star brings it to a sudden end. But even in the darkest night, there is light.

An interesting novel, full of local color. Brown spent most of his life in the Orkneys, and his grasp of the people is masterful. ( )
2 ääni inge87 | Jan 27, 2014 |
Having recently read a biography of George Mackay Brown I wanted to follow-up by reading one of his most celebrated novels, Greenvoe. The novel tells the tale of the last days of the tight-knit community on the Orcadian island of Hellya, a way of life that has existed unchanged for generations. This existence is destroyed by the arrival of a sinister government project — Operation Black Star.

It’s always interesting reading an author’s work after reading their biography and seeing echoes of the author’s own life. Greenvoe is full of them. The outsider in the small community, the student who takes to drink, the night in the cells and the policeman knocking on the door in the middle of the night, the young muse in the Rose Street pubs. These are all taken from GMB’s own life.

For me the book really started to come to life with the brief visit of the door-to-door salesman Dewas (Johnny) Singh who quite literally brings a splash of colour to the island. Johnny’s silks and paisley print pyjamas clash with the grey life of the village and the vests, waders and woollens of the grocery store. In his letter to his uncle he adds much-needed background detail to the lives of the principal characters.

It’s interesting that few of the characters in the novel are fleshed-out; with those that are being the ‘outsiders’. GMB paints the Minister and his mother with most detail and sensitivity: she battles with her inner demons and he battles alcoholism. Both of these were familiar to George Mackay Brown.

The story is told with beautiful, poetic, language and a concern for the environment reflecting a movement that was becoming more common around the time the book was published (1972). ( )
  Craiglea | Mar 18, 2012 |
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Greenvoe, the tight-knit community on the Orcadian island of Hellya, has existed unchanged for generations, but Operation Black Star requires the island for unspecified purposes and threatens the islanders' way of life. A whole host of characters - The Skarf, failed fishermen and Marxist historian; Ivan Westray, boatman and dallier; pious creeler Samuel Whaness; drunken fishermen Bert Kerston; earth-mother Alice Voar, and meths-drinker Timmy Folster - are vividly brought to life in this sparkling mixture of prose and poetry.In the end Operation Black Star fails, but not before it has ruined the island; but the book ends on a note of hope as the islanders return to celebrate the ritual rebirth of Hellya.

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