- File Size: 162 KB
- Print Length: 43 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: HoAmPresst Publishing; 1st Edition edition (April 14, 2012)
- Publication Date: April 14, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007UI2K3A
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,941,741 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Voices in ma heid Kindle Edition
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"Gunpowder, Treason or What?" has those three lads "makin' a statement," "helpin' the SNP" and "bein' somebodies." As might be expected their schemes "gang aft agley,"as Rabbie Burns predicted.
Humorous and sad by turns, it was a great story.
Then,"Jings, crivens, help ma Boab, it's independence" recalls a series of children's comics popular in Scotland called "Oor Willie," and starts with "me, Rab and Andy" sitting on buckets (as did the characters in Oor Willie) talking record albums, politics and Alex Salmond, First Minister of Scotland. It is an entertaining adventure in political discussion, infused with wisdom and humor.
"Telling Tails" is a tender telling of a tale of friendship between men and love for a dog. Also very good.
I'll not reveal the other two, so you can discover them on your own.
Here in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, where we owe 40% of our population to Irish and Scottish immigrants, the remnants of the southern Scots' way of speaking still pervades our local dialect. A person can hear "an 'at" and "all 'a" and "bit" instead of "but" and "git" instead of "get." Likewise in the southern states, heavily settled by Irish and Scots, people will recognize the origin of their speech in these stories told in dialect. So, don't be afraid to try these stories if you live in the U.S. Cally has an excellent ear for dialogue and a wit to match. I highly recommend this little book.
I was in for an unexpected surprise.
Reading Scots was not the easiest thing to do. I had to work at it for a few pages. However, it didn't take long for it to come together and flow. Once beyond that first hurdle it took on a life of its own, and I couldn't put it down. Growing up awash in a sea of southern dialects, much of it derived from the Scots and Irish who settled in the American South, probably helped. Even so, reading the stories was not like reading anything in proper English. It demanded a kind of settling back and allowing the writer to do the work. I simply drifted through its images, like floating down a river with the current. Lie back and enjoy it, as they say...
The stories themselves are a wonderful mix of extremes. There were times when I wasn't sure whether to smile or grimace. Even tragedy rendered in the the rich dialects of common folk has a touch of humor. As farfetched as it might seem, there is something to be said for an author who can keep the reader guessing whether what is being said should be taken as humorous or tragic. This is the kind of writing that pulls its reader back for a second read--not for a clearer understanding but simply because one craves to repeat the experience.
Well worth the price...
I promise not to do that again!
There are some excellent little stories in this snatch of colour frae north of the border. There's humour and pathos and, even if you don't 'ken' all the vernacular, it's not beyond anyone's wit to figure it out. In fact, if it were written in the dreaded 'Queen of England's English', it would be much poorer for it all. Of that I'm sure.
My only grouse is that it's a bit on the pricey side for the number of pages. It's probably to do with that expensive parliament building and all they costly MP's up there.
Well worth reading if you don't mind the hevin of 'Voices in ma heid'.