Iain Crichton Smith

The Dream

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A superb novel … it must be accorded tremendous acclaim' — Scotland on Sunday 'Iain Crichton Smith writes like a poet, with strong natural rhythm and precise observation' — The Times In the grey streets of Glasgow, Martin is dreaming of the mist-shrouded islands of his youth. Behind her desk in the travel agency his wife Jean dreams of faraway places in the sun that beckon from the brochures. Their marriage frays in the silence as Martin clings to the Gaelic he teaches at the university, the dwindling bedrock of the culture of the isles, while Jean refuses to speak a language that brings back memories of the bitter years of her childhood. While Jean chatters with her friends of relationships and resentments, Martin turns to Gloria who seems to share his dream of the islands of the Gael… Iain Crichton Smith's The Dream explores the precarious survival of a modern marriage with a poet's lean, evocative precision and all the spellbinding authority of a master storyteller in the time-honoured Celtic tradition.
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180 printed pages
Original publication
2015
Publishers
Birlinn, Polygon

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