When Martha gains a place at the university, her achievement is met with a mixture of hostility and pride by her uncomprehending family. It is there that she meets Luke (married to her friend Dussie) who is to haunt the years that lie ahead as she struggles to cope with the intellectual and emotional challenges that surround her at work and at home.
This is essentially the story of a young woman's journey to maturity and independence, her high ideals, and a slowly-growing awareness of her passionate nature. Nan Shepherd's subtle prose and her understanding of the hidden currents which move people are matched by her intense and memorable descriptions of the natural world, and a dry sense of humor. The book has lost none of its freshness and originality since it met with high praise on publication over seventy years ago-four years before Grassic Gibbon's Sunset Song.
This book has some lovely prose in it and I wanted to really love it, but it was hard for me to follow sometimes. The heavy Scot's language was a little distracting for someone who doesn't speak it. I've read MacDonald before with it and didn't have too hard of a time and was able to enjoy the book and enjoy the flavor it gave it ,but this one seemed more distracting or something. There is a glossary at the back and I definitely made use of it. I think the combination of the language and the writing style made it too much of a chore to read for me. I much preferred Sunset Song to this one.
Sample of the writing...
"Fa wad ken? A tantrum. An' mebbe mair. She's been ettlin' aifter a shift this while back. "I'll be a lodger," she says. "Ye can be a lodger here," I says, "an' pey yer wey as weeel here as ony road." "I'm nah treated like a lodger," she says. Feart to fyle her hands, that's fat she was.But I didnathink she wad up an' awa' like that. I'm thinkin' there's mair in't nor a tantrum. She hasta been behavin' hersel. I've jaloosed it this gey while. Bit jaloosin's nah proven'.
Thanks to Jack for giving it to me to read though! I'm glad I did.