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I enjoyed this book. The authorâ€™s prose is, as usual, simple, almost naÃ¯ve in style but as the story of the Eros figure of Angus progresses, and the five modern but very different fables interwoven into his quest for love emerge, we are drawn into a world of dreams where the charactersâ€™ hopes and fears in life are gently explored. There is the newly wed wife who is visited by Angus while she dozes awaiting her husbandâ€™s return from a late night stroll, the brothers from the remote fishing village whose filial love is interrupted by the elderâ€™s departure for Canada, the boy who searches for the identity of his real father, the young man who tends lovingly the pigs used for bio-research, the betrayed wife who is helped by her psychotherapist to a reconciliation with her husband. Each story has a link to Angus, the dream-maker and so reality and dreams are woven together in this mesmerizing re-telling of the Celtic myth of Angus. A gentle and enriching read.
If he's in the right mood, divine Angus might grant you sight of your true love in a dream; you might even fall in love with him - but he'll never love you back. He's too busy making mischief - stealing the palace of the gods from his father, turning his enemies into pigs etc - until he is trapped by his own romantic games and falls for an unattainable woman, doomed to seek her forever.
In twentieth-century Scotland, Angus's troubled alter ego searches for his true family; a psychotherapist who helps people understand their dreams, his life seems to parallel that of his mythic namesake, until we ask - could they be the one and the same?
Mesmerically weaving together the tales of the Celtic god and the Scottish scientist, Alexander McCall Smith unites dream and reality, leaving us to wonder:
what is life, but the pursuit of our dreams?
Publication date: 05/10/2006
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
|Publication date:||5th October 2006|
|Author:||Alexander McCall Smith|
|Publisher:||Canongate Books Ltd|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction,|
Alexander McCall Smith was our Guest Editor in July 2011 - click here - to see the books that inspired his writing. Alexander McCall Smith is one of the world’s most prolific and most popular authors. His career has been a varied one: for many years he was a professor of Medical Law and worked in universities in the United Kingdom and abroad. Then, after the publication of his highly successful No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, which has sold over twenty-five million copies, he devoted his time to the writing of fiction and has seen his various series ...More About Alexander McCall Smith