claudia_ayr (claudia_ayr) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

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#1 Sunset Song

I read this recently and I can't recommend it enough. (I also wrote an essay on this for my Higher English) It's about a girl who grows up in rural Scotland before the 2nd World War who then loses her husband in the war. It's quite depressing but I think it perfectly captures the mind of a young girl growing up and how her relationships with her family develop.

“Sunset Song” by Lewis Grassic Gibbon is a novel set in the early twentieth century. The novelist outlines the life of a young girl named Chris Guthrie from childhood, through her teenage years and finally adulthood. The text is narrated by Chris and this is how we are able to get a clear insight into her relationships not only with her family and friends, but also her internal dialogue with herself. The main theme of the novel is that of change, especially in Chris who’s development is mirrored by the changing seasons for planting and harvest of the land and its rotations. This thread runs constantly throughout the novel and is emphasised by the fact that it is set in the time period of the Second World War, since she becomes widowed.

(Voted best Scottish novel of all time)

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