Emmanuel Jarre Jarre de Herbert, SK , Canada
Sheila Stewart is one of the Stewarts o' Blair, a family of travellers (often called tinkers in the bad old days) who have made a significant contribution to the musical and oral traditions of Scotland. Her mother was a singer and storyteller and her father a noted piper. Sheila spent her childhood in poverty, working on farms and gathering rubbish. Since 1954 she has been a star of Scottish folk music; singing for the queen, the pope, and the president. Although the book is worth reading for the historical insight it gives into the lives, language, songs, and stories of a vanishing nomadic people; it is unsatisfying as an autobiography because it touches on only the surface of the author’s experience. One of the interesting insights that it reveals, somewhat inadvertently, is the attitude of the travellers towards property rights. Throughout the book, they come into conflict, sometimes violent, as they make their way across the lands of the country hantle or non-travellers. At the same time, they seem to have no sense of property rights to their own songs, which are being blatantly collected by outsiders.
in middle school michael crichton was my favorite author. and its pretty much because of this book that i read a bunch of his others. i saw the movie before reading the book and i remember that bothered me cuz the characters in the book dont match the way they are portrayed in the movie. for instance, i remember dr.grant has a beard in the book! so after that i read books before seeing the movie!
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