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The other landscape
Gunn, Neil Miller, 1891-1973.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Walker, 1990.
Physical Description:
318 pages ; 22 cm
General Note:
Reprint. Originally published: Glasgow, Scotland : R. Drew Pub., 1984.
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Booklist Review

Scotsman Gunn's novel is narrated by anthropologist Walter Urquhart and revolves around a manuscript for a novel whose author he's been dispatched to investigate--one Douglas Menzies, a recently widowed composer who lives in solitude by the sea, alienated from the community at large. What Urquhart discovers, in this strangely moving though slightly convoluted tale, is another landscape, a world of feelings and perceptions influenced by the supernatural that forces him to consider the juxtaposition between that realm, his accepted notions of reality, and, most importantly, a love that transcends the boundary between life and death. The novel offers a colloquial portrait of the Scottish Highlands and a good bit of whimsy as well. --Ivy Burrowes

Library Journal Review

This novel--Scottish author Gunn's last--was written in 1954. Walter Urquhart, the narrator of the story, is a young anthropologist who has traveled to the western Highlands of Scotland at the request of a friend in publishing. The friend had received a strangely haunting manuscript in the mail and wanted Urquhart to investigate its origin. Urquhart stays in a small hotel filled with Englishmen who wrangle and clash with the locals who serve as their guides. He meets Douglas Menzies, a reclusive musician whose wife has died in childbirth and who is the author of the manuscript. The plot has promise and one senses that great themes are being explored, but the writing is so convoluted and obscure that the novel becomes almost impossible to read. Not recommended--even for die-hard Anglophiles.-- Janet Boyarin Blundell, M.L.S., Brookdale Community Coll., Lincroft, N . J . (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.