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Fortunate Isle by Ronald MacKay

July 3, 2020

What a gorgeous memoir this is. It included everything I love: travel, people, local customs, adventure and real life as it’s lived in other countries. All of these are combined in this charming and reflective story of a young man’s journey to find his place in his world.

I particularly enjoyed the parallels the author drew between life in the tiny village of Buenavista and rural life in Scotland. They were a constant reminder that despite the differences in culture, people and what they value are often intrinsically the same wherever we go. I also loved getting to know the people in the village where he spent almost an entire year.

Ronald Mackay claims to have been quite reserved in talking about himself and his background, but he must have been an open and friendly young man to have won the respect and friendship of so many locals. Anyway, I have to say I was really quite sad to finish the book. It is beautifully evocative with lovely descriptions and marvellous character studies. This is a special memoir that I’ll remember for some time to come.

The link to the book is here

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