GEORDIE by David Walker
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It's not so much the tale here- as the telling- which makes this one of the few books which offer a very genuine gaiety and pleasure. Geordie MacTaggart was tired of the epithet ""wee"" and subscribed to Henry Samson's physical culture course, which he carried out to the last muscle with typical Scottish stubborn determination despite the teasing of his sweetheart Jean and the kindly protestations of his parents when the cottage shook at Geordie's setting up exercises as from a subway train. Wee Geordie attains an impressive six foot five of solid brawn and is persuaded by Jean and the local minister to direct some of his diligence at learning to put the shot and at his job of gamekeeper for the laird. Geordie learns so well that he ends up with an Olympic championship but an unincreased knowledge of women, and it takes a little advice along this line to make Geordie realize that the laird is not so daft as he seemed to be. The author's sympathy and love for the Scotch temperament and scene, the delightful innocence of humor gives this book its particular quality which everyone can enjoy. David Walker is also the author of the recent, very different but equally successful The Storm and the Silence.

Publisher: Houghton, Mifflin