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Ito Murdaunt el unico hijo ue tiene Mertoun se embarcan rumbo a la isla de Mainland para tener una nueva vida pero Mertoun oculta su f Scott throws together the most interesting ingredients pirates the Dwarfie Stone Norna of the Fitful Head bland the Stones of Stennis and this fearlessness covers a multitude of sins Not that I find a multitude of sins I like Scott and I don t think he deserves his ignominy He s got panache he s got poetry and he s got a friend in me

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The Pirate

Antasmagorico pasado como 'capitan diablo' un malevolo pirata ue navegaba por el oceano Atlantico saueando barcos espanoles y holandes Sir Walter s usual great cast of characters but with a slightly different setting this time the Shetlands and Orkneys which he makes clear to the reader may be ruled by Scotland but are populated by a proud race of Scandinavians who would rather be left alone

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El pirata es una novela escrita por Walter Scott en 1822 Esta basada en la isla de Mainland en las islas Shetland Escocia ue Scott vis The most inviting aspect of The Pirate is the sense of place that Scott instills within his story Scott pulled me back to the early 18th century and placed me in the Shetland and Orkney Islands At the time these islands were located on the edge of civilization in the far northern reaches of Great Britain Their inhabitants were Scottish by decree but Norse by heritage and custom The islanders worshiped God but also believed in medieval myths and superstitions All of this served to create the feeling of a mystical land that was far removed from the mainstream worldThe character named Norna was written perfectly as a sort of dark reflection of these remote islands She personified the mysticism and beliefs of the island s inhabitants Scott made Norna into mystical being while keeping her tragically human Her story her journey on its own is worth the read Along these same lines the entire novel is a great example of knowing how to build a world in words while also knowing the point at which that world would fall apart in the mind of the reader Scott admirably walked this lineMy interest with The Pirate started when I came across a comment made by James Feni Cooper author of The Last of the Mohicans that was critical of the book Cooper having served as a merchant seaman and as a midshipman in the US Navy considered the novel to include a less than true depiction of life at sea His displeasure was such that it prompted him to write The Pilot A Tale of the Sea which was published two years after The Pirate in 1824After reading both books it seems a bit picky for Cooper to have made such a comment and for it to have prompted his writing an entire novel in rebuttal Both books actually spend very little time at sea However if there was a break in Scott s world it was indeed during the few chapters that featured ships pirates and the sea For Scott it was all about the land In contrast these same few corresponding chapters in Cooper s book were far better than the balance of his story Thus I think that Scott wrote the better bookThe difficulties with The Pirate reside in its age Of course early 19th century English is something of its own dialect that can be difficult to follow Along these same lines the 19th century dialect of the Shetland Islanders as phonetically written by Scott is at times all but impossible to understand Additionally Scott may go a bit too far in setting the mood of the islands by freely including verses of poetry and songs in his prose While a few of these inclusions were essential most tended to be distractingOverall The Pirate is a touching love story that evolves from the life and struggles of its participants Human complexity and dichotomy are realistically depicted The characters are not sure footed creatures that make their next move as a matter of course But most of all The Pirate captures the feeling of a remote land isolated in time and brought to life through Scott s words Anyone considering future travels through these islands would be well served by reading this book preferably by a fireplace on a rainy day looking out upon fields of moss covered peat that drop off over cliffs that rise up from the sea


10 thoughts on “The Pirate

  1. says:

    A good adventure story In 1814 Scott visited Shetland Island on a lighthouse tour He was inspired to write a Pirate story based on John Gow who lived in the early 1700s The story starts with Basil Mertoun coming to the island with his son Mordaunt to escape civilization He lives in an isolated house and avoids company His son is gregarious and gets out and about growing up with Magnus Troil’s daughters Brenda and Min

  2. says:

    The most inviting aspect of The Pirate is the sense of place that Scott instills within his story Scott pulled me back to

  3. says:

    I never thought I'd read anything by Scott but in researching Shetland pirates I came across this The style's digressive and

  4. says:

    The link

  5. says:

    Scott throws together the most interesting ingredients pirates the Dwarfie Stone Norna of the Fitful Head bland the Stones

  6. says:

    I'm very happy with how the story concluded

  7. says:

    A very pleasant tale of a young man Mordaunt Mertoun and his rather eccentric father who take up residence in Yarlshof a ruined habitation on a deserted piece of the coastline in Zetland nowadays known as Shetland a group of islands off the northeast coast of Scotland The title character whom it is not revealed is a follower of this buccaneering profession until well into the novel the first use of the word 'pirate' comes on page 443 is

  8. says:

    This is set in Shetland my home and I've been meaning to read it for a good long time However my edition was a solid brown covered 1920s one and it took resolution to open it knowing that I was in for a hard 50 pages before the story began I was wrong for Scott the story began pretty briskly and once I was in I was hooked great characters m

  9. says:

    Sir Walter's usual great cast of characters but with a slightly different setting this time the Shetlands and Orkneys which he makes clear to the reader may be ruled by Scotland but are populated by a proud race of Scandinavians who would rather be left alone

  10. says:

    Free download available at Project Gutenberg

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