A darkly comic debut novel about advertising, truth, single malt, Scottish hospitality - or lack thereof - and George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four.
Ray Welter, who was until recently a high-flying advertising executive in Chicago, has left the world of newspeak behind. He decamps to the isolated Scottish Isle of Jura in order to spend a few months in the cottage where George Orwell wrote most of his seminal novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four. Ray is miserable and quite prepared to make his troubles go away with the help of copious quantities of excellent scotch.
But a few of the local islanders take a decidedly shallow view of a foreigner coming to visit in order to sort himself out, and Ray quickly finds himself having to deal with not only his own issues but also a community whose eccentricities are at times amusing and at others downright dangerous. Also the locals believe - or claim to believe - that there's a werewolf about, and against his better judgment Ray's misadventures build to the night of a traditional boozy werewolf hunt on the Isle of Jura on the summer solstice.
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Thoroughly enjoyed, beginning to end
Drunken Scottish Isolation
Who hasn't fantasized about dropping everything and getting of the grid? I know I do, often! This was a very entertaining story about that, placed so well in an interesting setting I could feel like I was there. Also, I love scotch too so there's that.
Loved 99% of the book!
- Jonathan Corcoran