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Greenvoe Greenvoe the tight knit community on the Orcadian island of Hellya has existed unchanged for generations However a sinister military industrial project Operation Black Star requires the island fo

  • Title: Greenvoe
  • Author: George Mackay Brown
  • ISBN: 9781904598176
  • Page: 385
  • Format: Paperback
  • Greenvoe, the tight knit community on the Orcadian island of Hellya, has existed unchanged for generations However, a sinister military industrial project, Operation Black Star, requires the island for unspecified purposes and threatens the islanders way of life In this, his first novel 1972 , George Mackay Brown recreates a week in the life of the island community asGreenvoe, the tight knit community on the Orcadian island of Hellya, has existed unchanged for generations However, a sinister military industrial project, Operation Black Star, requires the island for unspecified purposes and threatens the islanders way of life In this, his first novel 1972 , George Mackay Brown recreates a week in the life of the island community as they come to terms with the destructiveness of Operation Black Star A whole host of characters The Skarf, failed fishermen and Marxist historian Ivan Westray, boatman and dallier pious creeler Samuel Whaness drunken fishermen Bert Kerston earth mother Alice Voar, and meths drinker Timmy Folster are vividly brought to life in this sparkling mixture of prose and poetry.

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        George Mackay Brown, the poet, novelist and dramatist, spent his life living in and documenting the Orkney Isles A bout of severe measles at the age of 12 became the basis for recurring health problems throughout his life Uncertain as to his future, he remained in education until 1940, a year which brought with it a growing reality of the war, and the unexpected death of his father The following year he was diagnosed with then incurable Pulmonary Tuberculosis and spent six months in hospital in Kirkwall, Orkney s main town.Around this time, he began writing poetry, and also prose for the Orkney Herald for which he became Stromness Correspondent, reporting events such as the switching on of the electricity grid in 1947 In 1950 he met the poet Edwin Muir, a fellow Orcadian, who recognised Mackay Brown s talent for writing, and would become his literary tutor and mentor at Newbattle Abbey College, in Midlothian, which he attended in 1951 2 Recurring TB forced Mackay Brown to spend the following year in hospital, but his experience at Newbattle spurred him to apply to Edinburgh University, to read English Literature, returning to do post graduate work on Gerard Manley Hopkins.In later life Mackay Brown rarely left Orkney He turned to writing full time, publishing his first collection of poetry, The Storm, in 1954 His writing explored life on Orkney, and the history and traditions which make up Orkney s distinct cultural identity Many of his works are concerned with protecting Orkney s cultural heritage from the relentless march of progress and the loss of myth and archaic ritual in the modern world Reflecting this, his best known work is Greenvoe 1972 , in which the permanence of island life is threatened by Black Star , a mysterious nuclear development.Mackay Brown s literary reputation grew steadily He received an OBE in 1974 and was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1977, in addition to gaining several honorary degrees His final novel, Beside the Ocean of Time 1994 was Booker Prize shortlisted and judged Scottish Book of the Year by the Saltire Society Mackay Brown died in his home town of Stromness on 13th April 1996.He produced several poetry collections, five novels, eight collections of short stories and two poem plays, as well as non fiction portraits of Orkney, an autobiography, For the Islands I Sing 1997 , and published journalism.Read at scottishpoetrylibrary.


    1. The events of the synopsis and back cover blurb don't actually take place until the sixth and final chapter. The rest of the novel is the story of the day-to-day life of a tight-knit community where typical characters abound. Much of it wouldn't be out of place on Sunday night television such as "Hamish Macbeth", though there are some more sinister moments.I'd had the book for about six and a half years before reading it as I was rarely in the mood for what I thought it would be. I was braced fo [...]

    2. This is a fragmented, elemental, mystical first novel. You can tell that Mackay Brown had a pedigree as a poet and short story writer before this. Greenvoe is really a series of interwoven shorter pieces, including the final dystopian chapter, stitched together with gorgeous visions of the Orkney land and seascape. It can feel a little uneven at times, with traditional linear narrative and stream of consciousness, observations of nature and snippets of play scripts, but that doesn't make it any [...]

    3. One of my all-time favourite books. The first time I picked it up I thought it was dull. I am so glad I gave it a second chance. Some years later I discovered my neighbour was a boy in the village Greenvoe is based on. He remembered GMB but just as a one of the regular old blokes who drank a lot and chatted to the fisherman at the harbour. He was amazed he was famous enough for me to rever his writing! My neighbour is now a good friend and I often wonder if he is in one of GMB's books.I should a [...]

    4. I had read and enjoyed some of his short stories, but this, his first novel, is extraordinary. The plot summary is somewhat misleading, as for about 2/3 of the book it is a fascinating and beautifully rendered portrait of an Orkney community, warts and all. The plot twist and its faster, which many writers would have spent most of the book on, is a short, sharp shock, as it would have been to the islanders itself, and the incredibly moving ending brings all the strands together. Makes me want to [...]

    5. All of George Mackay Brown's works are steeped in the cultures and traditions of his native Orkney Islands, and this, his first novel, is no exception. The community of Greenvoe and the island of Hellya are fictional composites but the lifestyles and experiences he describes are real if somewhat caricatured - Mackay Brown writes with warmth and humour and his background as a poet is often apparent.

    6. This Scottish classic weaves the lives of the inhabitants of the fictional Hellya Island through multiple narratives and styles. Although the people of Greenvoe are not the most sympathetic of characters, they are highly entertaining in their idiosyncrasies, making this book a wonderful slice of Scottish life. Written in the 1970s, this book harkens back to the Highland Clearances when many Scots were forced to move and predicts current times when governments buy out people and move them off the [...]

    7. A week in the lives of the multifarious inhabitants of a fictional community on a tiny Orkney island. A novel I’d never heard of, first published in 1972, picked for discussion at a literature group I belong to. In her introduction to the 2004 Polygon edition, Ali Smith omits to say how funny it is. Indeed she’s at pains to emphasise that it is ‘a profoundly bleak novel’. So I began reading with considerable prejudice, intending to get a flavour and to stop after 30 pages or so. Instead [...]

    8. First read George Mackay Brown's Greenvoe in the '70's - and it became a much loved part of my life - a Scot 'exiled' in Lancashire. Eventually I found Yorkshire and a new (old) copy of 'Greenvoe' thru AbebooksIt really is poetry and the man was a master storyteller.

    9. The fictitious community at its most fascinating. Mystical, poetic and precise, GMB brings characters together in a consistently revealing way.

    10. George Mackay Brown's work is a pleasure to read. Stark and beautiful, it is prose that reads like poetry. In this wrenching tale, the Orcadian landscape and seascapes swirl, alive as each finely-hewn character at the heart of a vanishing way of life. This work is extraordinary, and inspired another extraordinary work of art in turn, Peter Maxwell Davies's "Black Pentecost," for mezzo-soprano, baritone, and orchestra. Dive deeply into both. The rewards are many.

    11. What a disaster of a book. After reading his other book - Beside the Ocean of Time which I enjoyed this was a big disappointment.The two stars are for the few enjoyable parts in the book but on the whole it was dire.I see it has an average score of 4.02 but I didn't get it despite all the hype.

    12. This is a wonderful wonderful move. I was listening to a Radio 4 A Good Read ( I must stop, it's costing me a fortune in books!), and this was one of the book choices. It sounded good, bit it is so much better than that.The action, or lack of it, takes place on an Orkney island. There is a storyline that has a mysterious company, Black Star, taking over the island. However, the real storyline revolves around several islanders and their stories. The author was a poet, and you can tell, there are [...]

    13. This is a good novel, but not a great one. Where it succeeds without doubt is in its characters; the people of the piece emerge fully-formed and completely visible, even though Mackay Brown provide little to no physical description of them. The sense of place is another real strength, and the connection these people have with the sea around them and the island of Hellya is palpable and clearly based on the author's lifetime of experience. The only thing stopping me from rating this book higher i [...]

    14. Greenvoe is a small village on the fictional Scotch island of Hellya. In the village live a small group of people: fishermen, their wives and families, whose families have lived in the village for generations, as well as some newcomers -- a minister, a schoolteacher. The characters are quirky and delightful. Life follows the rhythm of the seasons and of the sea. The author describes the villagers' doings, and the rhythmic pattern of the day. Life is not perfect, but it seems to flow easily fail [...]

    15. Having read Besides the Ocean of Time almost immediately prior to Greenvoe kind off spoilt me a little. Greenville is a really good read. Like BTOOT, the overall story is more of and impression made by GMB telling the main character's stories in a series of growing vignettes, the novel being the sum of their parts. I really love this style of writing as one is carried along by the writer, anticipating each new realisation. In the hands of lesser writer though, it can all go very wrong as one has [...]

    16. A textured, clever and multi-layered novel. Scottish island life depicted with the sure hand of a true islander. The poetic prose is enjoyable, if occasionally a little wordy. The characters are wonderful, and if you love humanity in microcosm you will probably love this book. I think you are bound to fall in love with at least a few of the characters, as I did. Some of the cultural references and usage of language might be difficult for those who are very far removed from the time and place of [...]

    17. Fascinating descriptions of the people who inhabit the fictional village of Greenvoe as they go about their daily lives. You find yourself totally immersed in the goings-on of the village and forget about the plot - this is written in George Mackay Brown's beautiful, poetic style, with wonderful descriptions of the Orkney landscape, the sea and weather, the clouds, and the rain. His descriptions of the characters range from witty to sad, but never unkind, and these are people you care about as m [...]

    18. Now, while as a story it is well-written, with a nice poetic prose language. The narrative spans a week in the life of the islanders – everyone from school going children to boatmen. Most of the book is about the day to day lives of these people, what they do, what they think, how they talk etc. However, I was not very intensely moved by the book. I kept getting mixed up with all the characters, I thought there were too many of them. from cupandchaucer.wordpress/20

    19. All I could hear in my head when reading this, at least at the start, was Richard Burton's voice reading Under Milk Wood.However, as the pages turned its own poetry took over and I was carried along with the rhythm of this book a bit like the ups and downs of the sea and the incessant tide.I can't say I understood it all .I found The Lord of the Harvester sequences a trifle strange. However,in entirety it was beautiful and sad, the pages turned ever faster and yet I wanted my reading to slow dow [...]

    20. Confusing in places, but rescued by the powerful final chapter in which the faceless bureaucrats of Operation Black Star bulldoze the houses and displace the people who eked out their lives on a tiny Orkney island. A savage critique of the power of the modern industrial complex to destroy ancient traditions and landscape.

    21. A kind of Orcadian Under Milk Wood, but with a different kind of humour. The ending is sad but somehow inevitable. A poet's novel.

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