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In Search of Angels Reviews

In Search of Angels by Alistair Moffat

In Search of Angels: Travels to the Edge of the World

Alistair Moffat

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1 review

Imprint: Birlinn Ltd
Publisher: Birlinn General
Publication date: 8 Oct 2020
ISBN: 9781780276724
3 stars out of 5
Stuart Kelly
19 Nov 2020

"What a curate’s egg of a book. Parts I found intriguing, parts I found blasé"

The book’s singular achievement is in showing how Gaelic might be in decline, but it has left its traces over the country. This is admirable work, and there is a humility in Moffat’s exasperation at being a learner speaker. He parses place names with elegance, and the wry comments on his attempts to speak the language are comical, in a melancholy way. In some ways, I thought that Moffat should actually write a memoir about trying to learn Gaelic. It might make more people try.