GEORGE MACKAY BROWN
[ 4th novel ]
for a summary of the story of Vinland, see Book Report
this paperback edition
Vinland started out as an incomplete short story, taken up during a subsequent 'dry season for the writer'.
In Rockpools and Daffodils 29 November 1990, GMB writes –
I found, partly to my dismay but mostly to my joy, that the pen was fairly scurrying over the paper; images and events came crowding so fast that the pen could hardly cope with them, and the manuscript pages grew and grew on the table in front of me ...
... about what Leif Ericson and his crew found on the coast of Labrador ...
.... now was the time to introduce royalty, for the King of Norway is anxious to hear about the mysterious place called Vinland ...
By this time the story was really getting out of hand – it was 20,000 words long at least – and still the horizon of narrative kept broadening.
... I know now that I have a full scale novel on my hands.
Mackay Brown is outspokenly and unapologetically a poet of peace.
Scotsman July 1992
George Mackay Brown's is a style wholly without affectation. His prose has stealth, an unusual mixture of fragility and strength, and all the simplicity that sophisticated craft can conjure to life.
Brown makes the efficient husbandry of those northern acres and the responsible life of the family man a thing of quiet heroism.
The Herald July 1992
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