4 march 2010
In Corrag, Susan Fletcher tells us the story of an epic historic event, of the difference a single heart can make - and how deep and lasting relationships that can come from the most unlikely places.
"I've heard fate talked of. It's not a word I use. I think we make our own choices. I think how we live our lives is our own doing, and we cannot fully hope on dreams and stars. But dreams and stars can guide us, perhaps. And the heart's voice is a strong one. Always is."
Late seventeenth Scotland, and the Massacre of Glencoe forms the basis of this beautifully written novel, which not only charts the start of the disintegration of the Scottish clans, but also of the violence and persecution associated with the first Jacobite uprising.Told in a series of vignettes between Corrag, a young woman imprisoned and sentenced as a witch, and Charles Leslie, an Irish Jacobite sent to discover more about the highland massacre.
The slow and often lyrical content of the narrative takes some getting used to, as does the alternate voices of Corrag and Charles Leslie, but once this is firmly entrenched in your mind, the story evolves into a story of hurt, anguish and ultimate despair.
Great read and highly recommended....my Outlander friends will love this one !