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Whisky Galore [PDF / Epub] ★ Whisky Galore Author Compton Mackenzie – Buyprobolan50.co.uk Love makes the world go round Not at all Whisky makes it go round twice as fast The hilarious story of wartime bootlegging in the Scottish highlands, in this classic comic wartime novel Love makes the world go round Not at all Whisky makes it go round twice as fast The hilarious story of wartime bootlegging in the Scottish highlands, in this classic comic wartime novel.


About the Author: Compton Mackenzie

Compton Mackenzie was born into a theatrical family His father, Edward Compton, was an actor and theatre company manager his sister, Fay Compton, starred in many of James M Barrie s plays, including Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn t Grow Up He was educated at St Paul s School and Magdalen College, Oxford where he obtained a degree in Modern HistoryMackenzie was married three times and aside from his writing also worked as an actor, political activist, and broadcaster He served with British Intelligence in the Eastern Mediterranean during World War I, later publishing four books on his experiences Compton Mackenzie was from Tenant of Herm and Jethou and he shares many similarities to the central character in DH Lawrence s short story The Man Who Loved Islands, despite Lawrence saying the man is nohe than I am Mackenzie at first asked Secker, who published both authors, not to print the story and it was left out of one collection.



10 thoughts on “Whisky Galore

  1. Lance Greenfield Lance Greenfield says:

    This book is very amusing, and it is based upon a true story It gives a great insight into why the simple lives of Highlanders and Islanders are to be so admired and envied.The SS Cabinet Minister runs aground on the rocks of one of the Hebridean islands The locals, naturally, take advantage of the availability of the ship s cargo whisky The authorities have other ideas about what should happen to this precious cargo.The conflict which ensues, and some of the cunning methods that the locals This book is very amusing, and it is based upon a true story It gives a great insight into why the simple lives of Highlanders and Islanders are to be so admired and envied.The SS Cabinet Minister runs aground on the rocks of one of the Hebridean islands The locals, naturally, take advantage of the availability of the ship s cargo whisky The authorities have other ideas about what should happen to this precious cargo.The conflict which ensues, and some of the cunning methods that the locals employ, are hysterically funny I am sure that you will enjoy this delightful tale


  2. Jeanette Jeanette says:

    One of the most fun books I have read in a long time Loved it


  3. Leslie Leslie says:

    I waffled between 3 4 stars so I guess 3.5 The reason I waffled so much is that I found the plot hilarious but had some trouble with the Scot dialects I have trouble reading dialects of all kinds The interspersed Gaelic didn t give me as much trouble as my edition had a glossary of Gaelic terms with how to pronounce them their meaning.Here are some examples of the dialect these are fairly clear as to their meaning but illustrate the way the dialects were writtenI m sorry, Captain M I waffled between 3 4 stars so I guess 3.5 The reason I waffled so much is that I found the plot hilarious but had some trouble with the Scot dialects I have trouble reading dialects of all kinds The interspersed Gaelic didn t give me as much trouble as my edition had a glossary of Gaelic terms with how to pronounce them their meaning.Here are some examples of the dialect these are fairly clear as to their meaning but illustrate the way the dialects were writtenI m sorry, Captain MacPhee, but unless the peer comes by Monday s poat the peer will be where the whisky is, and that s nowhere at all said the big hotel keeper Chorge will neffer be having the courage to tell Mistress Campbell he s going to be married to her Neffer he declared Not unless he d trunk a tram the size of Loch Sleeport itself, and then I believe it would turn to water inside his stamac when he saw his mother gazing at him A Dhia, Dhia, don t be saying that, Hugh The crapefruits wass never in poxes Chust lying on the tra gh Crapefruits chaca


  4. Griselda Griselda says:

    I grew up with the Ealing Comedy black and white film of this book and have always known the story The book turned out to be a disappointment Full of redundant detail, the tale moves at snail s pace weighted down by quite pointless episodes and dialogue which would have been better rendered as reported speech Compton Mackenzie s style tends to the trite in description with an irritatingly self conscious and pompous diction who has ever doffed a dressing gown Worse, he indulges himself to I grew up with the Ealing Comedy black and white film of this book and have always known the story The book turned out to be a disappointment Full of redundant detail, the tale moves at snail s pace weighted down by quite pointless episodes and dialogue which would have been better rendered as reported speech Compton Mackenzie s style tends to the trite in description with an irritatingly self conscious and pompous diction who has ever doffed a dressing gown Worse, he indulges himself to the extent of attempting to reproduce the islanders accent phonetically, with not much success If ever there was an author in need of a strict editor, this is the man


  5. Lynne King Lynne King says:

    This was an excellent book about an island Cecily reminded me of this author in her review on DHL just now in one of his short stories on islands.


  6. Gerry Gerry says:

    Sergeant Major Alfred Ernest Odd returns to the Hebridean islands of Great and Little Todday in wartime and finds them in the middle of rationing with food supplies very low Not only are food supplies low but whisky is almost non existent and the islanders are not happy with the situation.In addition the home guard are under suspicion as they are deemed to be not doing their jobs properly and the locals think that Odd has come to spy upon them and report back to headquarters.There are a variety Sergeant Major Alfred Ernest Odd returns to the Hebridean islands of Great and Little Todday in wartime and finds them in the middle of rationing with food supplies very low Not only are food supplies low but whisky is almost non existent and the islanders are not happy with the situation.In addition the home guard are under suspicion as they are deemed to be not doing their jobs properly and the locals think that Odd has come to spy upon them and report back to headquarters.There are a variety of comic characters in the script with one of them George Campbell well under his mother s thumb So much so that when he wants to marry Catriona he dare not mention it to his mother so he sweats on the outcome of the relationship for some considerable time.Some relief is brought when a ship is wrecked off the coast and the cargo turns out to be a supply of whisky bound for Russia The locals begin gathering it in and hiding it away before the authorities can move in and as a consequence things get a little bit easier, and happier in the Todday islands, one of which is of the catholic faith and one of the protestant faith, which in itself causes some problems.The whisky is enjoyed, the community comes together, the home guard escapes any reprimands, George Campbell braves his mother to inorm her of his marriage and life goes on idyllcally There are many gaelic phrases in the text, which can prove frustrating, however there is a glossary at the back Finally, having seen the film and read the book, I am loathe to say that the former was better than the latter


  7. James Oden James Oden says:

    I have start off by saying that I m a singer in a Celtic band and I don t just sing about whiskey, but I love the stuff Reading this book for me was like finding myself surrounded by a room full of kindred spirits There were so many things to love about this book, but really at its heart was the culture of Gaelic speaking Scotland It is culture where nothing is ever too serious, yet the passion for life is the poetry of the air they breathe Music, dancing, and just good Craic with friends is I have start off by saying that I m a singer in a Celtic band and I don t just sing about whiskey, but I love the stuff Reading this book for me was like finding myself surrounded by a room full of kindred spirits There were so many things to love about this book, but really at its heart was the culture of Gaelic speaking Scotland It is culture where nothing is ever too serious, yet the passion for life is the poetry of the air they breathe Music, dancing, and just good Craic with friends is the pulse of the people, and the lubricant that smooths things out is Whiskey, Whiskey Galore.Do yourself a favor, read this book You ll not regret it


  8. Catka Catka says:

    Three solid sturdy stars for the story plus one for the sheer amount of whisky overflowing from each page, even when there is a shortage of it.


  9. Catherine Catherine says:

    The picture on the cover and my vague memories of the film are of people desperately trying to hide whisky from the excise men, but that is merely one day s events in a very good book Much of it explores the relationships between islanders when they are in the trying times of an alcohol drought and the effect of a sudden, unexpected, but not entirely legal solution I ve been told many times that one way to make a novel is to get a set of characters, put them in a challenging situation and see The picture on the cover and my vague memories of the film are of people desperately trying to hide whisky from the excise men, but that is merely one day s events in a very good book Much of it explores the relationships between islanders when they are in the trying times of an alcohol drought and the effect of a sudden, unexpected, but not entirely legal solution I ve been told many times that one way to make a novel is to get a set of characters, put them in a challenging situation and see what happens Whisky Galore is a wonderful example of a story which could have been written by following that advice


  10. Simon Simon says:

    Though this started out quite slowly, theI read theI enjoyed it Whisky Galore belongs to that genre of writing about the country wherein officious city types are constantly being wrong footed by the wily locals, so there are plenty of laughs at the expense of the uptight authority figures There are also some funny satirical jabs at military incompetence, puritan hypocrisy, and overbearing parents I hear the 1949 movie version is great, so I m looking forward to checking that out t Though this started out quite slowly, theI read theI enjoyed it Whisky Galore belongs to that genre of writing about the country wherein officious city types are constantly being wrong footed by the wily locals, so there are plenty of laughs at the expense of the uptight authority figures There are also some funny satirical jabs at military incompetence, puritan hypocrisy, and overbearing parents I hear the 1949 movie version is great, so I m looking forward to checking that out too


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