I have been reading some more of Neil M. Gunn’s work. I really like his non-fiction such as Whisky and Scotland and Off In A Boat but I find his fiction less appealing as plot lines can be implausible and the characters sentimental. His sense of place in his writing is fine – the evocation of ‘Gunn land’ is strong.
Neil M. Gunn viewed himself as a ‘remnant of an ancient race among mere upstart Gaels ... and parvenu Norsemen.’ Page 155 Selected Letters
And he believed that ‘the people got on very well without a chief. The old feeling of equality among themselves remained...' Pages 117-119, The Atom of Delight