Reply to "GNI BOOK CLUB [2]"

Originally Posted by Gilbakka:

Finished reading "Waverley" by Sir Walter Scott.

This novel was written exactly 200 years ago and is generally regarded as the first piece of historical fiction in the English language.

The story is set mainly in Scotland and focuses on the failed 1745-46 Jacobite uprising which had aimed to reinstate the Stuart dynasty to the English throne.

I spent nearly one month plodding through this novel and learned a lot. I had studied the Stuart period of English History in Form 1 at Central High School 52 years ago so I approached the book with a little background knowledge.

While reading, I took special interest in Scottish names which provided a clue to the origin of places in Guyana. Like Caledonia, Strathspey and Dundee. And to people's names like Melville, Cummings and Robertson.

I learnt to read on the Waverly novels.My grandfather had them in his library...old highlander reminiscing I guess.

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