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The Oatmeal Ark By Rory MacLean

The Oatmeal Ark by Rory MacLean

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After the death of his father, Beagan Gillean finds a trunk full of three generations of family history. Immersing himself in the lives and dreams of his forefathers, Gillean decides to retrace the journey his great-grandfather made two-hundred years before to Canada. This is the story of one family and a portrait of the country that defined it.

The Oatmeal Ark Summary

The Oatmeal Ark: From the Scottish Isles to a Promised Land by Rory MacLean

After the death of his father, Beagan Gillean finds himself stranded on a wild Scottish island, alone except for a trunk full of three generations of family history. Immersing himself in the lives and dreams of his forefathers, Gillean decides to retrace the journey his great-grandfather made two-hundred years before to the promised land of Canada. A wave-rocked, wind-tossed travel adventure unfolds, carrying him into his family's past and across the world's second-largest country. In his wake trail three ghosts: his great-grandfather, his grandfather and his father. Together they navigate the rivers, lakes and waterways that ribbon through Canada and as they travel Gillean discovers that his ancestors' struggles, achievements and failings mirror Canada's own. A haunting tale of loss and discovery, The Oatmeal Ark is the story of one remarkable family and a candid, beautifully rendered portrait of the country that defined it.

The Oatmeal Ark Reviews

'Delicious, fizzing with energy and incident... One of the most original and innovative travel books for years, elegantly written, beautifully observed, often very funny. Buoyant as helium with a wind at its back.' Alexander Frater, Observer 'A fabulous adventure story, wise, witty and never self-indulgent, as if Jack London had - in a fit of absent-mindedness - joined forces with Jane Austen.' Alberto Manguel 'Such a book as this rather marvellously explains why literature still lives and can remain such a pleasure. Maclean has a vivid novelistic gift.' John Fowles, Spectator 'A remarkable, beguiling journey; so polished, so clever, so imaginative, so artful, so innovative.' Financial Times 'An arresting book which speaks in a vigorous and original voice.' Lucy Hughes-Hallett, Sunday Times 'Original and fiercely imaginative.' Tim Herald, Literary Review 'Remarkable; entrancing, lyrical, singing prose.' BBC Kaleidoscope

About Rory MacLean

Rory MacLean's books, including best-sellers Stalin's Nose and Under the Dragon, have challenged and invigorated travel writing, and -- according to the late John Fowles -- are among works that 'marvellously explain why literature still lives'. He has won the Yorkshire Post Best First Work prize and an Arts Council Writers' Award, was twice shortlisted for the Thomas Cook/Daily Telegraph Travel Book Prize and was nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary award. He is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 3 and 4. Born and educated in Canada, he lives with his family in Dorset. 'Rory MacLean is one of the most strikingly original and talented travel writers of our generation.' author Katie Hickman.

Additional information

GOR001966072
9781845116217
1845116216
The Oatmeal Ark: From the Scottish Isles to a Promised Land by Rory MacLean
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
20080330
352
N/A
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