In this collection of stories (rather later than his original collection, 1896), we find Munro's narrative skills have further developed and matured. Most of the characters portrayed are still Highlanders, but the action sometimes takes place in lowland Scotland or even further afield.
This entirely new edition has the benefit of an introduction and useful textual notes by Ronnie Renton and Lesley Bratton.
About the Author:
Neil Munro (1863 - 1930) was a Gaelic-speaking native of Argyllshire who spent most of his working life as a journalist and writer in Glasgow. He is universally known for his humorous Para Handy Tales which first appeared as newspaper sketches and which forever associate him with the West Highlands. His more important literary work includes a series of historical novels and some outstanding short stories - indeed, it has been suggested that Munro is one of Scotland's best short story writers.
The stories in this collection were written over the ten-year period before their publication in 1918 and represent the culmination of Munro's literary development. They are witty and skilfully balanced tales from the pen of a mature and sophisticated writer. They include, as one would expect from the creator of Para Handy and the Vital Spark, a number of witty and humorous comedies, but also some beautifully constructed and ironic tragedies. The settings are diverse; from his native Argyll to lowland Scotland and Edinburgh and even further afield to Paris and Spain. Munro is confident and perfectly at ease with different periods in history and his chosen themes.
See also "The Lost Pibroch", elsewhere in our catalogue.
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