The Land and Folk
Anne Donovan explores 5 books about the relationship between land and people
The spirit of nature and the relationship between the land and the folk who live on it, are central to these books I love. “Nothing endured at all, nothing but the land” is the theme of classic Scottish novel, Sunset Song, by Lewis Grassic Gibbon. In The Gowk Storm by Nancy Brysson Morrison, weather and nature are symbols of the unhappy love story. Identification with nature is also central to Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. The relationship between crofter and land is vividly brought to life in Night Falls On Ardnamurchan: The Twilight of a Crofting Family by the poet, Alasdair Maclean, my only non-fiction choice. My Antonia by Willa Cather is an American classic, whose heroine, I feel, echoes Chris Guthrie of Sunset Song.