Written in 1896, this first collection of short stories was to mark the start of "a new vein, rich and untried" of Scottish literature. Breaking away from the "Kailyard" school, the author draws one into the reality of the culture and traditions of the Highlander, strengthening the illusion by the judicious use of Gaelic words and phrases. The title story can be read as an allegory of the history of Highland culture and its decline. This edition marked the 65th anniversary of the writer's death and has the benefit of useful textual notes by Ronnie Renton. (The author is famed for his light hearted "Para Handy" tales, also for his "John Splendid" oeuvre).
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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.