Morning Tide

Morning Tide Twelve year old Hugh MacBeth lives in a small Scottish fishing village in Caithness at the turn of the century As he begins to realize his mother s sadness and fear that he and his brother will follow

  • Title: Morning Tide
  • Author: Neil M. Gunn
  • ISBN: 9780285622012
  • Page: 169
  • Format: Paperback
  • Twelve year old Hugh MacBeth lives in a small Scottish fishing village in Caithness at the turn of the century As he begins to realize his mother s sadness and fear that he and his brother will follow their father to sea, he also sees for the first time that his family is being sundered by economic circumstances And he must cope with the knowledge that not only his motheTwelve year old Hugh MacBeth lives in a small Scottish fishing village in Caithness at the turn of the century As he begins to realize his mother s sadness and fear that he and his brother will follow their father to sea, he also sees for the first time that his family is being sundered by economic circumstances And he must cope with the knowledge that not only his mother but also the village may be dying Poetic and poignant, Morning Tide is the story of a young boy learning what it means to be a man Neil Gunn is a dealer in joys and the miracles of boyhood His youthful characters, such as Hugh the fisherman s son, are intense beings wrapped up in the delights of physical experience the ecstasy of running, touching, feeling the earth and the cold of the sea and in the undeniable need to be free In this combination of sensitivity and wildness jealously defended against the restrictions of family and social life, Neil Gunn shows us than a picture of childhood he unfolds a set of values that speak as clearly and confidently to the present as to the turbulent 1930s when this book was first published.

    One thought on “Morning Tide”

    1. Beautifully written, quietly moving account of life in a fishing village. Somehow reflects the brooding intensity of the sea itself, which features heavily as its own kind of character. The novel's opening scene, of a young boy skating the immensity of an ebb tide, searching for bait oysters, is a prelude for its general tone: innocence on the edge of some vast, destructive, silencing presence. Gunn pays attention to things that matter, like the curl of a wave and the heft of contraband salmon. [...]

    2. A novel structured around a few simple but poignant events. An insight into a Highland/coastal way of life as perceived by a 12 year-old boy. Poetic in places with a focus on feelings, expressions and the relationships between family members.

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