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The sixteen years of Janet's life begin on a fogbound winter night in wartime Edinburgh Her father home on leave peering into the blue wicker basket comments It's about the size of a cat Later as sibling after sibling appears Janet finds herself slipping further and fu. A chilling and lyrical portrait of the inner life of a misunderstood young girl confused and bewildered by the ways in which she fails to fit into the world The narrative is episodic rather than a tightly woven arc strobing moments in young Janet’s life on a suitably Gothic Scottish crag — the birth of a little sister who is an instant rival a glimpse of a mutilated animal the incomprehensibility of schoolmates But the episodes build in a crescendo of frustration Each mixed message that Janet receives each injustice wrought upon her amplifies her weirdness in a feedback loop that increasingly exasperates the people who are supposed to love and nurture herThe friend who recommended this book compared it to Shirley Jackson’s We Have Always Lived in the Castle and the comparison is apt though the narrative style is uite different; O Caledonia is lyrical and omniscient rather than voicey intimate and unreliable But compared to Merricat the damaged protagonist of Jackson’s book Janet is several sigma closer to normal Janet is an awkward imaginative and willful girl but she is not mentally ill Rather she is confused by an environment that simultaneously fosters her uniueness and punishes her for it And this makes Janet’s arc even tragic than that of Merricat Janet’s ill fitness for society is not irredeemable One can readily imagine Janet muddling through life at school and with her stifling family for another year or two before escaping from her crag and finding a Bohemian community of kindred souls in Edinburgh or London The slow strangling of Janet’s potential and the violent end to her life are all the tragic for being so patently preventable

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O CaledoniaE novel traces the chain of events that in the dour setting of Scotland in the s and s cause the bizzare death of a young girl People birds and beasts move in a gleeful danse macabre through a lowering landscape in a tale as rich in atmosphere as it is witty and mordan. This is a short gem of a book and should be read in one sitting so you can be enveloped in the whole Gothic setting of 1940's Scotland The writing is beautiful It's a coming of age story of Janet who initially is not very likable but she grows on you Loved the unexpected wry humor

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Summary î O Caledonia ¹ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ì [EPUB] ✶ O Caledonia ✻ Elspeth Barker – Helpyouantib.co.uk The sixteen years of Janet's life begin on a fogbound winter night in wartime Edinburgh Her father home on leave peering into the blue wicker basket comments It's about the size of a cat Later as siRther toward the periphery of family life Brought up in the unrelenting chill of Calvinism and the Scottish climate she turns from people to animals to literature and to her own fertile imaginationWritten with lyricism poignance and great unexpected flashes of humor th. Strange but enchanting book about a troubled fiercely independent girl growing up in a grim manse in northern Scotland in a post war era when independence intelligence and creativity in women wasn't particularly valued Gothic horror mixed with a coming of age novel it's short strange – and brimming with love of language and the Scottish landscape