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Book Title: Witch Light|
The author of the book: Susan Fletcher
ISBN 13: 9780007321605
Format files: PDF
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Reader ratings: 6.2
Edition: Fourth Estate
Date of issue: March 3rd 2011
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Haunting and beautiful, Corrag drew me in and transported me to the Scottish Highlands of the seventeenth century. Alternately titled The Highland Witch or Witch Light, Corrag is a magical story about opening your heart to the beauty of your surroundings. It is about learning to truly understand the people we encounter in our lives. Susan Fletcher tells this story with gorgeous, poetical and vivid prose.
“What townsfolk say we do and what we truly do are very different things. I have cast no spells. I’ve never plucked out gizzards or howled at moons. I’ve never turned into a bird, skimmed a night-time loch, or settled on ships to make them drown… I’ve not summoned anything… I pray – not in church and with no Bible, but otherwise I reckon it’s probably like how you pray, which is with the heart’s voice talking, not the mouth’s." Misunderstood, misjudged, and persecuted, Corrag, her mother and her grandmother are called “witch” due to their differences and strengths as unattached women. Corrag is forced to flee alone to the Scottish Highlands where she settles near and befriends the MacDonald clan. Here she uses her knowledge of nature and herbs to help and heal. She falls in love with the highlands and with a powerful member of the clan. This is where some of the most beautiful descriptions of the Scottish Highlands can be found. It was simply breathtaking. "Before it was bloodied, or snow-thick, Glencoe was lit by moon. It was a quiet, night-time valley which I crept into, with mud and moths in my hair… It was cool air, with the sea’s breath. It had the thick, earthy smell of plants at night, and water, and water sounds… A valley of such narrowness, and with such steep sides that it is like walking into a hand, half-closed… It was an open hand that I could lie inside, and it would keep me safe.” This beauty is eventually destroyed by the massacre of the MacDonalds at the hands of the soldiers, their own guests. Ultimately, Corrag is arrested and accused of witchcraft and murder for her supposed involvement in the Glencoe Massacre. Irish Jacobite and man of God, Charles Leslie journeys to the Highlands to uncover the truth behind the massacre. In order to do so, he must speak with Corrag, the one person that perhaps can reveal what really happened on that night of death and destruction.
The novel alternates between Corrag’s voice and Charles Leslie’s point of view which is cleverly related to us by a series of lovely letters written by him to his wife back home. I loved the way the author accomplished the telling of this story in these different layers of communication to the reader. A man of compassionate faith, Reverend Charles Leslie is initially repelled by Corrag and, as are the majority of persons, he instantly assumes she is guilty of all charges and worthy of her fate. After visiting and speaking with her at the jail for the first time, Charles writes “She is child-sized. She’s a despicable thing. Her hair is knots and branches. She is half-naked, dressed in thin rags which are crusted with mud and blood and all manner of filth… I partly wondered if she was human at all… her high, girlish voice spoke of kindness and good deeds – but I am not tricked by that. The Devil was speaking. He speaks through this half-creature in a feminine way – and it is better for her that she is burnt, and soon. The flames will purge her soul.” But, if one sits down with a human being and really gets to know them, the truth may transform us, as it did Charles. I felt as if I sat with Charles in that cell and grew to understand and love Corrag throughout the course of the novel. In our busy lives, we need to slow down and look at “places”, the world around us. We need to open our hearts to one another. Charles had the gifts of grace and mercifulness to listen, learn and acknowledge Corrag’s worth. “She believes very firmly that there is more light than dark in the world… I will confess she has shown me beauty. I only ever saw it in piety, and you. But a mountain has beauty. A loch does, at night.”
This is a novel to be savored for each and every word and I highly recommend it!
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Susan Fletcher is the author of Eve Green, which won the Whitbread Award for First Novel, Oystercatchers, and Corrag. She lives in the United Kingdom.
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