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by Robert Crichton

  • ISBN: 0340168331
  • Author: Robert Crichton
  • ePub ver: 1554 kb
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  • Rating: 4.6 of 5
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 516
  • Publisher: Book Club Associates; First Edition edition (1973)
  • Formats: rtf lit docx lrf
  • Category: Fiction
  • Subcategory: Genre Fiction
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Robert Crichton, author of The Secret of Santa Vittoria, brings his stellar storytelling gifts to this sweeping family epic, capturing the Camerons' moments of triumph and loss, bitterness and love set in the magnificent.

Robert Crichton, author of The Secret of Santa Vittoria, brings his stellar storytelling gifts to this sweeping family epic, capturing the Camerons' moments of triumph and loss, bitterness and love set in the magnificent landscapes and social battles of 19th century Scotland. First published in 1972, and a New York Times bestseller for more than five months, The Camerons draws you in with what at first appears to be a straightforward family drama, then captivates you by the complexity and depth of the Camerons' struggle to create a future of hope and triumph.

Oh, Robert Crichton, why did you only write two novels? And why are they both so achingly perfect and so tragically out of print?

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FREE shipping on qualifying offers. A Scottish girl living in the coal-mining town of Pitmungo, sets out on her sixteenth birthday to find a husband who will help her achieve social success.

The Camerons; a novel. by. Crichton, Robert. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books. org on March 30, 2010.

Robert Crichton (January 29, 1925 – March 23, 1993) was an American novelist. Crichton was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and grew up in Bronxville, New York. Crichton was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and grew up in Bronxville, New York

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Warner Paperback Library signed to pay Alfred A. Knopf, In. that much for the paper back rights, introducing Mr. Crichton to that charmed cir cle where a man's words are as good as gold. Amortized over the years it took to write, the book just about covered the cost of his West Side household, which includes a wife and four grow ing children.

The place is Scotland and the time is the turn of the century

From the first sentence to the last you will be captivated. It is such a shame that this book is out of print and is so hard to find at the libraries because it is a true treasure.

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Robert Crichton's has given us an excellent book about Scottish miners and about a piece of Scottish history. This is the story of Maggie Drum, born of Pictish coal slaves, who knows there is more to life than the endless treadmill of hunger and work, cooking and childbearing she sees around her. This isn't a romance, Maggie doesn't want to become rich or titled. She wants a decent life, a business. A house. Food. And to get them, she knows she can't marry one of the coalminers who accept this life. She needs a man with good blood...not the sluggish stuff clotted with coal dust.

The men and women of Pitmungo spend their lives underground, working for a peer of the realm who owns the mines. Descendents of the Picts, from back in the day when mining was such a deadly occupation, miners wore metal collars and were chained together to keep from running away. Servile and broken, they mutter curses at the Laird and the superintendent and they follow the word of the Rector, who is nothing more than their mouthpiece. It's not good enough.

Maggie spends her teacher's salary on a stylish suit of clothes and sets out to find herself a husband. And she does. A highlander, tall and fair--practically a different species from the short, swarthy moldiewarts she knows. Sure he's impoverished, uneducated, the victim of the Highland clearances, but no matter. He's got the right stuff. Whatever life he spawns isn't going to tug its forelock. That Highland blood is going to mean something.

She brings her catch home and sends him down into the mines. If you're canny, you can make money down there. And Maggie is canny. She knows how to save. She learns to watch the harbor. When the coal ships are lined up, the mines will operate day and night. When she sees the number dwindle, she puts her family on hard time rations and sends them out into the country to find work on farms until the situation changes. And one coal-stained shilling at a time is added to her kist, the chest kept under the bed. When the mines slow down and other families eliminate the luxuries, the extra piece of bacon in their lunch bucket or cream on their porridge, Maggie and her family are already eating 'tatties and dab,' potatoes with a dab of butter. When she comes up with a plan to buy fresh herring and sell them in the town, everyone in Pitmungo feasts on the fish...but not Maggie's. Hers eat their oatmeal and when one complains, she says "Fish is for others, siller is for us."

Want to know how hard it was for laborers and farm workers to change their lives? The real cost of buying land or a business or going to America? Crichton did his research and turned it into a compelling novel. Not a love story, and certainly not something designed to inspire, the book is hard and gritty. Its about resilience, =taking a beating and getting up again. More than once. The best historic novel I've read in a long time. Short on sentiment, long on detail. And full of interesting tidbits, from salmon poaching to the start of worker solidarity and unionism. Crichton (who wrote the also excellent "The Great Pretender" planned to do a sequel. Illness and death took him away too soon. I would like to read more about Maggie and the Camerons and whether they ever escaped the Pit.
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This book was a learning experience about what can best be called a caste system among the Scottish people in earlier times.. I had never before known much about Scotland's history. This was an eye opener about the horrible life experiences of less fortunate Scots as portrayed through the wretched lives of coal miners. It is a fascinating story about the Cameron family and how they coped with life's bitter circumstances, and managed to improve upon them. The family also was instrumental in opening the gates for more equitable treatment for all future coal miners by bringing the coal mine owners to justice for their inhumane treatment of the miners. .
I would give this book 10 stars if I could. I first read it years ago and was so happy to find it again. A wonderful story of a family's life in Scotland long ago. Part of the story involves a fish and once you read this part you won't soon forget it. ????????????
One of my favorite books, and while I've attempted to read Crichton's other work, I do suggest skipping it. Not a prolific author by any stretch and I think he put his all into this one. Worth every minute spent reading. And so wonderful that it is available for Kindle.
I first read this book years ago. Interesting account of a Scottish family's history through late 19th and early 20th century. I purchased a copy recently to re-read for the writer's style and presentation. Still excellent.
I had read this when it first came out and couldn't recall the name, Amazon found it by my simple description, good on them. I am still amazed that Amazon could find it (Scottish coal mining family) and it came up, couldn't recall the author. Then I look up the author thinking he was born in Scotland and find out he wasn't, his parents were. However; despite that, it seemed a good book to me.
I opened the book and a page simply fell out because the book is so old and dry.
I first read this book when it came out in paperback in the 70's. The binding was totally messed up the last time I tried to read it and I recently ordered a better copy on line. This is a book that I want my children to read. Crichton does a better job than most of portraying life in a UK coal mining town and how people with iron wills managed to survive, if not exactly prosper under adverse conditions. It is one of those books that should remind us all of how good we really have it compared to our forebearers. Reading this book is both a joy and an education for those that would like to regain their connection to the life of the common man.

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