NO GREAT MISCHIEF by Alistair Macleod

NO GREAT MISCHIEF by Alistair McLeod (2001). I am always drawn to Historical Novels. This one peaked my interest because of the Scottish family involved. You see I have a drop of Scottish blood in my veins thanks to Great Grandma Charlotte Ferguson, who married Great Grandpa Ziba Sickler in 1851. As usual I’m getting off track here.

From the Author’s summary: NO GREAT MISCHIEF is about Calum MacDonald who set sail in exile in 1799 from the Highlands of Scotland with his wife and twelve children, along with the dog who would not be left behind and swam after the departing boat. After a catastrophic crossing he landed in the New World at Cape Breton, by which time he had become a widower and a grandfather.

Now when you read the first page you will notice the story is taking place 200 years in the future where it tells the story of another MacDonald. This one is named Alexander and he is orphaned by an  accident on the ice. There in Cape Breton two stories unfold involving the MacDonald clan. There is Gaelic language in this book that I am unfamiliar with, so it will be interesting (I hope), to find out what unfolds.


2 thoughts on “NO GREAT MISCHIEF by Alistair Macleod

  1. The time span (especially the 200 year in the future part) is a bit much for me. It’s probably a wonderful book–but it doesn’t quite sound like the type of book that I typically read.

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