10 thoughts on “The scandal of drinking tea in John Galt’s Annals of the Parish

  1. Good summary and an interesting book. The Virgin Mary cover is hilarious! Our culture now has almost no ability to differentiate varieties of Christianity. On TV, evangelical churches often seem to also have Catholic iconography. I guess it goes hand in hand with the decline of the apostrophe. Or not.

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  2. I usually like everything you post but this entry is highly enjoyable. I thought of “Cranford” and of Mitford’s “Our Village”, then much later “Lark Rise to Candleford” in a Scottish envirnoment. Am I wrong to link it with this trend of British literature that paints the changing of some sort of pre-lapsarian rural England (or Scotland in this case) having to turn to modern times, industrial revolution, Empire, etc. ?

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    1. No, you’re absolutely right! Galt probably invented the novel of continuous observation for a community, if such a thing exists, and Mrs Gaskell certainly postdates him. I may also be posting on his The Provost (hilarious and tragic), when I’ve read his The Entail (on the To Be Read pile). Very glad you liked the post!

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  3. Thanks for an excellent precís. I am still reading bits and pieces about Galt and the Annals. My take-away? It’s one of those rare books that invites you into another time and place, albeit a fictional one, and lets you live there for time. The real life minutia of ordinary lives in a small community in Ayrshire works its enchantment. I first visited in the 1970s and, prompted by Niall Williams’ This is Happiness, returned in 2020 for an extended, as yet indefinite stay.

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