It's been years since I read LGG's trilogy but the sense of place and time he
instilled in the works is still with me. The language wasn't a problem - I
was born in Scotland and grew up in a household where the old tongue was heard
often - and I felt incredibly connected to the story. I read it at a time when
I was beginning to do the roots thing and it seemed to echo many of the
stories I had heard as a child - perhaps that's why it had such appeal. At
the same time, the Quair is beautifully written and well worth reading and
re-reading, even without the background, as is any good literary work. I read
library copies and have been trying to find buyables for years. If anyone
has a lead on a set let me know!
p.s. about the gaelic blurbs in some sigs: it seems to me that unless we're
indiginous peoples we are all immigrants or descendants of immigrants and
therefore have a heritage other than North American. What's pretentious about
attempting to reclaim and/or acknowledge that heritage, albeit in a small
way? Isn't it possible to be proud of what our old country has given to the
new? Why does it have to be an either/or situation? How about a both/and?
And them's my 2 cents.