RIBBON OF FIRE by Allan Campbell McLean


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The crofters on the Isle of Skye battle against injustice in their struggle to keep their lands. Alasdair Stewart, a young peasant lad, is centrally involved through his close relationship with Lachlann Ban the leader, and his uncanny knack for appearing at crucial meetings and in dangerous situations. Through his eyes we see the cruelty of the Factor who, acting in the name of the Laird, arrests Alasdair's father and forces many of the insurgents to flee for the hills. The crises- beginning with the tearing down of the Laird's property wall-are climaxed by the arrival of the fleet but solved by the efforts of the peasant boy. Many injustices are remedied and the Laird turns out to be a decent sort of fellow. Alasdair is satisfied, but Lachlann Ban leaves for America. The 19th century issues in the age-old struggle are not emphasized enough. Cloak and dagger, treachery and danger are bywords. Only fair adventure.

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 1962
Publisher: Harcourt, Brace & World