A Drunk Man Looks at the Thistle

By Hugh MacDiarmid

Edited by Kenneth Buthlay

Format: Paperback

The drunk man lies on a moonlit hillside looking at a thistle, jaggy and beautiful, which epitomises Scotland's divided self. The man reflects on the fate of the nation, the human condition in general and his own personal fears. This book contains commentary and notes, and takes the reader through the author's complex and opaque use of language.

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Kenneth Buthlay's edition of "A Drunk Man Looks at the Thistle" is widely considered to be the best edition of all and provides extensive commentary and notes, taking the reader through MacDiarmid's complex and often opaque use of language. The drunk man lies on a moonlit hillside looking at a thistle, jaggy and beautiful, which epitomises Scotland's divided self. The man reflects on the fate of the nation, the human condition in general and his own personal fears.

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Format Paperback
Imprint Birlinn Limited
Publication Date 22 May 2008
ISBN 9781846970269
Number of Pages 208

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