A thinly disguised autobiographical tale, The Land of the Leal narrates the journey of Jean Ramsay, an aggressively practical woman from a peasant background, and her weak-willed, poetic husband, David. It spans three-quarters of a century of Scottish life, tracing the couple's wanderings from the idyll of their childhood in Galloway, through work for the landed gentry in the Borders and Fife, to their fall from grace in the depression years in industrial Glasgow.
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Inevitably, as their children are born and grow up and as the years slip away, their rural background becomes another Eden, yet Barke keeps sentimentality in check with his reflective description of the changing face of Scottish society, in which Jean and David are pawns in the development of economic cause and political effect. No library descriptions found. Amazon Kindle 0 editions. CD Audiobook 0 editions. Project Gutenberg 0 editions.
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Learn more about Amazon Prime. This huge novel, closer in scope to a Russian epic than to any English counterpart, opens at the turn of the century in the extreme poverty of the Rhinns of Galloway, an agricultural backwater of the southern-most part of Scotland. With a loving regard for the land and its people, Barke traces the lives of David and Jean Ramsay who, full of hope, painstakingly uproot themselves and their family in the search for prosperity.
Their efforts to retain respect and a decent way of life are thwarted by unemployment in increasingly hostile circumstances, and a harsh environment inevitably leaves its mark.
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But a new generation emerges to question the authority of an uncaring society and, even as Fascism rages through Europe, a new hope is born. Read more Read less. Kindle Cloud Reader Read instantly in your browser. Sponsored products related to this item What's this?
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