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Corrag

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Her prose is extraordinarily lyrical: haunted, dreamlike and precise, reminiscent at times of Sylvia Plath…Fletcher's words are undeniably beautiful and her themes are profound…a haunting novel. While Corrag is still a girl her mother is burned as a witch, and Corrag is condemned to a life of wandering. Author Susan Fletcher was inspired by the historical stories of Charles Leslie and the struggle of the Highland clans to survive the political turmoil of late 1600's, so she wrote a story to ignite a spark of knowledge and understanding in the reader, and she has Corrags magical gift for storytelling ignite a spark of knowledge and understanding in Charles which he then pays forward as well. I must warn that Guthrie does not use different intonations for Corrag’s story as she tells it to Charles and Charles’s letters to his wife about Corrag. On the night of 30th June, the man went into a local bar to show off the old sword handle that he had discovered that day.

It was often noted that, however stormy the seas or wild the weather, the loch would still long enough to allow boats out for a burial. This was, for the most part, a well-written and enjoyable piece of historical fiction, but it was overlong in parts and repetitive in others and contained an unnecessary love story that would have been better left on the cutting-room floor. However, her warnings to the clan fell on deaf ears and she awoke on the morning of the 13th February 1692 to discover the devastation that had been wrought by the government soldiers: houses burnt to the ground, families fled to the hills, and MacIain himself – the Chief of the MacDonalds - murdered as he rose from his bed. It is easy to ignore it, for sometimes it says what we'd rather it did not - and it is so hard to risk the things we have.

Corrag was a nasty, dirty creature in chains in a dark and dank prison cell, and Reverend Leslie was a pious, self satisfied jerk. As she tells her story, Leslie questions his own beliefs and purpose – and a friendship develops between them that alters both their lives.

Susan Fletcher immediately transported me so thoroughly to a time and place, to ways of thinking and perceiving they are, for the time being, a part of me. The kind that has an uncritical view of romantic love, deploys a formulaic structure of expectation and reimbursement, like readily assembled furniture, and at no point is self-aware of the smoke screens it’s pedalling.

Corrag’s life changed others’ lives - even that of the Reverend who heard her tale and jotted it down with his ink and quill. I have been to many of the places spoken about by Corrag, my heart thumps with the memory of them, for although I am a sassenach "The hearts voice is your true voice" and mine lies in the Scottish Highlands. I’ve had it with the hairs on my arms standing up, at the sound of a clan singing a fireside song, or with my eyes filling with tears at a simple, lovely sight. She is half-naked, dressed in thin rags which are crusted with mud and blood and all manner of filth… I partly wondered if she was human at all… her high, girlish voice spoke of kindness and good deeds – but I am not tricked by that.



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