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The Sea for Breakfast finds Miss Peckwitt (as the islanders endearingly pronounce her name) settling into a home of her own on Bruach, and mastering -- with the help, and frequently the hindrance, of her fellow islanders -- such varied arts as peat-cutting, winkle-picking, and beachcombing....

Title : The Sea for Breakfast
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ISBN : 9781888173499
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 269 Pages
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The Sea for Breakfast Reviews

  • Trisha
    2019-02-09 02:13

    Lillian Beckwith was born in England and travelled to the Hebrides shortly before the Second World War. This book, much like her previous one (The Hills is Lonely) is a semi-autobiographical work of fiction, set in the tiny fictional village of Bruach in the Hebrides Islands. Written in the first person, it's full of "personal" anecdotes and accounts of what life was like for crofters whose lifestyle hadn't changed much since the time of their parents and grandparents. The book is full of charming characters and interesting observations about a way of life that despite being arduous was filled with fun, gaity and the beauty of the sea. This was a fun book to read because of its strong Gaelic flavor and the chance it gave me to take a trip to a distant place and a different time!

  • Peter Tillman
    2019-02-11 02:28

    "Miss Peckwit" 's memoirs of her time in the Hebrides were family favorites when I was growing up. My Mom loved them, and so did I and all my sisters. I think I have the full set. Might be time for another reread. I'm not sure which one has the wreck of the good ship "Cabinet Minister", loaded with good whisky bound for America to pay for the War Effort... They're all worthwhile, and 1 or 2 will tell you if you want more. Droll humour, that's the phrase I'm looking for.

  • valerie hesketh
    2019-02-13 02:28

    Brilliant It was an education on life in the Scottish isles. Very funny by and well written with affection. The local characters - of which there are many all contribute to give the feeling of a slightly mad cap community where each gives as good as they get. I found myself reading with an Irish accent- entirely wrongly of course .. Great book .

  • scarlettraces
    2019-02-12 03:30

    I see these are now being described as "comic novels". Not sure if that makes them less or more of a guilty pleasure, since the comedy rests squarely with the amusing locals & is not mediated by one or two clunky attempts to give "Miss Beckwith" the low moral ground. (I guess they describe a forgotten world in more ways than one.)

  • Wendy
    2019-01-26 08:31

    I had to read and reread the first few pages to decipher the Gaelic language references, but once I got into it, I loved it. Funny, uplifting, laugh out loud. Loved how the community worked together to help each other. Loved the idiosyncratic characters. Reading this was a fun vicarious trip to remote Scotland.

  • Lisa
    2019-02-14 09:13

    There is no better getaway than a cup of hot tea and this book!! Scotland, take me away! The stories Lillian has about living amongst the Hebredians are precious and heartwarming.

  • Cassandra
    2019-02-10 03:30

    Wer träumt nicht von einem kleinen Cottage direkt an der See gelegen? Lillian Beckwith kauft ein kleines Häuschen auf einer der Hebriden-Inseln. Allerdings ist von Romantik nur wenig zu spüren. Das Leben um 1920 war noch nicht mit dem Komfort von heute gesegnet. So musste man für die Kanne Tee das Wasser aus dem Brunnen holen und wer es im Winter schön warm haben wollte, sollte beizeiten Torf stechen. Der Roman hat ausgeprägt autobiografische Züge, so ist es kein Zufall, dass die Protagonistin den gleichen Namen trägt wie die Autorin. In amüsanten Episoden beschreibt sie das Leben auf der Insel. Die Charaktere sind sicherlich etwas überspitzt dargestellt, aber sie sind allesamt liebenswert und mit Bauernschläue und einem großen Herzen versehen. Obwohl es unter den Dörflern auch Konkurrenzdenken gibt, wird zusammengehalten und bei Tee oder Whiskey findet man schnell wieder zusammen. Kleine Gaunereien, Schlitzohrigkeit und eine ungekünstelte Sichtweise auf das Leben machen den Reiz der Geschichten aus. Improvisation war an der Tagesordnung und die Ansprüche an Hygiene, waren doch ganz andere. Die Autorin hat es geschafft, mir die Charaktere bildlich vor Augen zu führen und manchmal hatte ich sogar das Gefühl, dabei zu sein. Leider fehlte für mich der letzte Funke, da mich nicht jede Geschichte intressierte. Wer sich schon einmal gefragt hat, wie das Leben ohne Supermarkt, fließendes Wasser, Zentralheizung und Online-Shopping funktioniert hat, bekommt hier einen schönen Einblick.Pluspunkte:- Die Autorin hat zu dieser Zeit auf einer Hebriden-Insel gelebt- Die einzelnen Episoden sind amüsant erzählt- Gute Einblicke in das Leben von anno dazumal- Das Wesen der Schotten ist gut getroffenNeutral:- Nicht jede Geschichte konnte mich begeisternNegativ:- ---

  • Cindy
    2019-02-06 01:20

    Lillian Beckwith goes to live in tiny Bruach, a village in the Scottish highlands. This is her second book about her adventures there, but I hadn't read the first and figured everything out just fine. It's just a string of stories, relating to her life in the village, one day cutting peat, one day taking her cow to the bull, one day trying her hand at lobstering. Underneath all her adventures are a sense that this is the life. It's hard, it's dirty, it's different from everything she expected - but it is real. Some of the stories are fictionalized a bit. She uses dialect to try to convey the accents of the villagers, which can be a little confusing to read. There is a very brief glossary at the back, but I was still a little stumped as to some of the words. But it made for very relaxing, funny, lighthearted reading. Most of her books are out of print, but if you happen to find one, they really are lovely books.

  • Owen
    2019-02-17 05:11

    Anyone who has ever spent time on any of the coastal islands around Britain, and particularly off the west coast of Scotland, will enjoy this tale very much. Lillian Beckwith's real strength lies in being able to recreate the atmosphere of those unique island environments on paper. Like an artist working away with a fairly stiff brush, she paints the people, architecture and wildlife of this Scottish island (to which, she claims, she was only going for a holiday), with firmness and purpose. One wonders how long the holiday really lasted and one suspects a lifetime. These are indeed places to fall in love with: cut off from mainland life to the extent that, even today, forty years after the publication of "The Sea for Breakfast," one can still find a world that is not subjected to the strains and odours of our industrial society. Anyone heading to Scotland should definitely find a copy - it's an amiable text from a competent pen.

  • Kathleen Dixon
    2019-02-05 04:38

    A delightful second in this series, with plenty more laugh-out-loud or try-to-giggle-quietly-on-public-transport moments. And she uses language so evocatively:"The pantomime frolicked along from start to finish" ..."The wind seemed to have chose the poor little cottage as its main target and I was buffeted towards it" ..."The sky was effervescing with lark song" ...What a pleasure it is to read books like this!

  • Shannon
    2019-02-13 03:15

    Another gem from Ms. Beckwith! If you love books that read like stories told from a master story-teller, you will love this collection. I have a fond affection for the Hebrides and Lillian Beckwith brings the people of this region alive. It is chuckle after chuckle from this book.

  • Toni
    2019-02-07 06:14

    Wonderful, Comedic! Perfect depiction of a small Scottish community.

  • Tracy Macmillan
    2019-01-28 03:24

    Wonderful to step into the slower, simpler world of the Hebridies with such a great sense of community.

  • Joanne
    2019-02-21 02:25

    Charming, funny, and observant.

  • Tania
    2019-01-31 01:24

    Ooh aah... I love the smell of salt!

  • Bettie☯
    2019-01-24 07:30

    to look into further

  • Doris Pearson
    2019-02-08 06:14

    I love this book. It's my second reading. I love her decriptions of fixing up an old house having lived in old houses all my life. Jolly and cheerful people.

  • Nancy
    2019-02-03 07:34

    A beautiful setting, wonderful quirky characters, and terrific writing. I highly recommend this one!

  • B
    2019-02-10 08:12

    Beautifully written, this book had me chuckling on the train to work each morning...

  • Sho
    2019-01-25 04:37

    I think this is the 2nd in a series about life in a croft but it's beautifully done. Puts me in mind of Monica Dickens.

  • Ellen
    2019-02-22 05:25

    Truly enjoyable! I really get a kick out of reading Ms. Beckwith's tales about living in Hebrides.

  • Tasha
    2019-01-28 01:15

    Well written but not my type of book. A little old fashioned and too many happy stories about life on a rural island.

  • Elizabeth Downes
    2019-02-13 07:33

    Retread January 2015

  • Sam Schulman
    2019-02-13 09:23

    See review of The Hills is Lonely