"Nairn in Darkness and Light" is a mixture of personal experience and past history, in which the author recalls his boyhood spent in the small town on the Moray Firth, on the borders between the Highlands and the Lowlands. Nairn has witnessed many of the triumphs and tragedies of Scottish history, and these are recalled with intuitive understanding in the book; but it is also the scene of David Thomson's formative years, when he was afflicted by eye trouble which shaped his whole future. This is a marvellously sensitive autobiography which in the process recreates the divided community of Nairn, with its fisher community and its townsfolk, the lives of crofters and of the prosperous upper middle classes of the 1920s.
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"The effect might echo Proust, or Alain-Fournier; the tone is completely distinctive" (Roy Foster Observer)
"Long matured, an exceptional malt of the mind... David Thomson's book is one that can be returned to time and time again to refresh with its vision and the brilliance of its writing" ( Herald)
"His writing combines a feel for the "this-worldness" of his characters' lives with an understanding of the "otherworldness" they keep a place for in their consciousness. Which is a way of saying that the stylistic achievement depends upon a deep imaginative sympathy" ( Guardian)
"A brilliantly original mix of love story, memoir and history" (Brian Moore)
`His meticulous recreation...has been described as Proustian'
-- London Review of Books
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Book Description Hutchinson, 1987. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110091683602
Book Description Hutchinson, 1987. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. First. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0091683602