Sunday, April 8, 2018

The GUYND: A Scottish Journal



The GUYND: A Scottish Journal. Belinda Rathbone. Norton, 2005.

I chose this memoir at a local library book sale for several reasons:  

  1. I've been reading widely in memoir as background for my current CNF-in-progress; 
  2. I love reading about Scotland (Ian Rankin, Alan Cumming) and this story sounded a bit like Monarch of the Glen; it is about marrying a Scottish laird some fifteen years her senior and moving into his crumbling mansion north of Edinburgh.
  3. I love houses and interior design (decorating); 
  4. I'm curious about why/how couples get together; 
  5. I'm curious about cross-cultural interactions (here, American vs Scots; female vs. male); 
  6. I'm curious about how/why relationships end.
cover The Guynd

I would say that my curiosity was satisfied with 5 of 6 of the above. As for the relationship ending, the reader is left to infer, which is probably sore subtle, more respectful of the other parent of your child, and not really part of the story. Enough said that it seems inevitable, and it involves awakening self-awareness on the part of the narrator. 

I certainly enjoyed the story, partly, no doubt, because it confirms my belief that renovations/restoration projects are always fatal. 

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