The Antiquary by Sir Walter Scott

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The Antiquary by Sir Walter Scott

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Jul 8, 2019, 9:06am

I'm well on my way through this book and hope the later half is as good as the first. Some really interesting characters in this one, including the whole exploration of the mendicant class through Eddie the local tramp.

I'm good that this was Scott's personal favourite, perhaps he saw much of Oldbuck in himself.

Jul 8, 2019, 12:53pm

The thing I love about Scott's early work is his study of the culture of the Scottish during the fifteenth and sixteenth century showing among other things the predecessors of the Scottish component of the Scots-Irish settlers in the Appalachians. It illustrates many, if not all, the ways they brought their culture, including some of today's problems, particularly with regard to religion with them to the mountains of the new world.

Jul 8, 2019, 8:26pm

>2 geneg:
That's interesting. What notable cultural phenomenon linger on over there as relics of the past?

Jul 11, 2019, 1:16pm

Religious infighting. Fierce independance.

Jul 11, 2019, 8:33pm

>4 geneg:
Thanks, I can all too readily imagine the first, but surprised at the second.

Editado: Jul 13, 2019, 4:29am

Just finished this novel this evening and enjoyed it as I do all of Scott's work.
My first impression was that of wondering how Scott was going to pull everything together in the last couple of chapters,which he did of course, leaving no loose ends.
I would have liked though to have had more from Lovel before he disappeared suddenly, and having the mendicant take the central role of the tale. Indeed if you were to ask who was the protagonist of this story, you could argue for both of those just mentioned and the Antiquary himself.
I enjoyed changing my opinion of Capt McIntyre as the novel progressed and even liked him in the end.
So, yes, an enjoyable tale, but another 300 pages would have better satisfied my appetite for learning more of the characters.