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This book written by Scottish writer George Douglas Brown was first published in 1901. It is a representation of the pettiness and greed and vindictiveness he knew of small town Scottish life. Our story takes place in the small village of Barbie, in eastern Scotland. John Gourley is the central character, a mean spirited and arrogant man who lords over the town folk. Situated in the center of town, the House with the Green Shutters is the expensive house he has sunk all his money into and symbolizes his prosperity. He is not a character you will like, nor is his wife or children. Actually there aren’t really any characters that will warm your heart! This is a sad, tragic tale of how one man’s arrogance and greed becomes his and his families downfall.
Full of vivid and quite lovely descriptions, written in broad Scots, it might be a little tough to understand some things being said but you still get the drift of what is going on and is quite interesting to encounter for a change of pace. The first half of the book was very slow going and I almost gave up. The second half though picks up pace and all the action happens here. Quite a dramatic and tragic ending. All in all it is a good book and intense narrative of 19th century Scottish life.
This dictionary would be of help if you decide to read this book! Dictionary of the Scots Language