Although much of her fiction is set in Scotland, Violet only returned to her native country after her husband died in 1936. Jacob had published some verse in her early years, but with Songs of Angus 1915 she started to write in the Scots vernacular which looked back to the Doric tradition of Charles Murray and forward to the Scots lyrics of MacDiarmid. Erskines has lived at the House of Dun since the 15th century and Violet published the family history as The Lairds of Dun in 1931. One of her ancestors, David Erskine, the thirteenth Laird of Dun, is the model for Lord Balnillo in the novel. What I got - and honestly I cannot stress how delighted I was by this - was gay Jacobite espionage tragedy. I kept just expecting them to kiss and make up, and honestly, I adored the whole dramatic dynamic. She was born Violet Augusta Mary Frederica Kennedy-Erskine, the daughter of William Henry Kennedy-Erskine and Catherine Jones.
I was promised Walter Scott, I was expecting hardship and gallantry and determined brotherliness, and someone in a petticoat waiting in the wings. Violet Jacob's fifth and finest novel is a tragic drama of the 1745 Jacobite Rising, tightly written, poetic in its symbolic intensity, lit by flashes of humour and informed by the author's own family history as one of the Erskines of the House of Dun near Montrose. The main relationship throughout the book is between Flemington and Logie. After the birth of her son Harry in 1895, Violet joined her husband ion service in India where she recorded her experiences for the next four years in letters and diaries published by Canongate in 1990. I really enjoyed the relationships. And yet, against all the odds, this has been by some amount, too my most well-received book club choice so far. I read it for my book group - it was the choice of the PhD student in Scottish Literature, and let's just say from the off, we all saw that cover and thought we knew what we were letting ourselves in for.
She was born Violet Augusta Mary Frederica Kennedy-Erskine, the daughter of William Henry Kennedy-Erskine and Catherine Jones. I came into it expecting old time language, two dimensional depictions of Scotland and of the Jacobite Conflict. In 1894 she married Arthur Otway Jacob, an I Violet Jacob was a Scottish writer, now known especially for her historical novel Flemington and her poetry, mainly in Scots. Violet Jacob's fifth and finest novel is a tragic drama of the 1745 Jacobite Rising, tightly written, poetic in its symbolic intensity, lit by flashes of humor, and informed by the author's own family history as one of the Erskines of the House of Dun near Montrose. I came into it expecting old time language, two dimensional depictions of Scotland and of the Jacobite Conflict.
I can turn and look back upon myself as though I were another being. So for that reason as well Flemington was not quite what I was expecting. Although she spent much of her life outside Scotland, Violet Jacob had family connections with the area, and especially with the House of Dun, which stands to the north of the Montrose Basin and figures, as the House of Balnillo, in key scenes of the novel. We outlast it - that is a better word. Flemington is a well-written Scots novel in the Walter-Scott-romance tradition, by which I mean it's in love with the landscape of the east coast of Scotland and so am I. There is practically no information on the plot online, which is both a good and bad thing, because I went into this book expecting a Walter Scott knock-off. Edited and introduced by Carol Anderson.
Violet painted and kept travel journals with her observations of the countries and people she visited. My copy is a double bill with a load of Jacob's short stories called Tales from Angus. Basically, to cut a long story short, read it. Flemington is not a Kailyard Novel. First and foremost, Violet Jacob writes wonderful characters.
In her poetry Violet Jacob was associated with Scots revivalists like Marion Angus, Alexander Gray and Lewis Spence in the Scottish Renaissance, which drew its inspiration from early Scots poets such as Robert Henryson and William Dunbar. Flemington was so much unlike any young man he had known that the different half shocked him, and though he had told his brother that he liked the fellow, he had done so in spite of one side of himself. Look at th I've had this particular book on my 'To Read' shelf for quite some time. The area of Montrose where her family seat of Dun was situated was the setting for much of her fiction. She was artistic with a penchant for flower illustration, and some of her early works and her diaries from India contained drawings and paintings.
I cannot state strongly enough how different this relationship was than I initially expected. This is not a rose-tinted Scotland. So, please excuse me whilst I bury myself in every other thing she has ever written and shout about her from the rooftops. Pages and cover are clean and intact. My personal favourite was that of the The Disgracefulness of Auntie Thompson, which had me laughing out loud throughout.
It is a difficult thing in some ways, as an English person in Scotland, to talk about - there's a dynamic going on that I still can't quite adequately characterise. Used - Good, Usually ships in 1-2 business days, A+ Customer service! Used - Very Good, Expédition sous 2 à 3 jours ouvrés, En stock. La plupart de nos titres sont en anglais, sauf indication contraire. In this volume fourteen of these stories are re-collected and re-edited as Tales from Angus. Violet Jacob's fifth and finest novel is a tragic drama of the 1745 Jacobite Rising, tightly written, poetic in its symbolic intensity, lit by flashes of humor, and informed by. Her eyes, meeting his, reflected the idea. La plupart de nos titres sont en anglais, sauf indication contraire.
Edited and introduced by Carol Anderson retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:09:34 -0400. Used - Very Good, Usually ships in 1-2 business days, Over 1 Million Satisfied Customers. The homoerotic overtones are almost explicit and I honestly felt, in places, like I was reading an old time RomCom. It is muddy and barren and often claustrophobic. I have outlasted, perhaps outlived. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.