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SCOTNOTES Study Guides

George Mackay Brown’s

Alan MacGillivray

Published in: Paperback.
By: Association for Scottish Literary Studies, 1989
Price: £5.95
ISBN 978-0-948877-08-7

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George Mackay Brown’s sparkling, fable-like novel Greenvoe depicts the sudden, destructive intrusion of brute modernity into a tight-knit and unchanging community, as witnessed by an eclectic host of local characters.

Alan MacGillivray’s Scotnote carefully traces the novel’s narrative threads and is an excellent resource for senior school pupils and students.


  • Background
    1. The writer and his work
    2. Greenvoe and Orkney
  • The development of the novel
  • Thinking about the novel
    1. Picture of a community – characters and places
    2. Structure and plot of Greenvoe
    3. Language – styles and voices
    4. Conclusion – the significance of Greenvoe
  • Bibliography


Last updated 19 October 2010.