About «A Rope in Case »
This is the 4th of Beckwith's Hebridean memoirs, and the second I've read. I picked up four books by her in my local used bookstore, and have been utterly delighted so far. Beckwith was an Englishwoman who initially came to the Hebrides for a rest cure, though how the harsh and physically demanding lifestyle of the islanders could be thought of as rest is a little beyond me. This volume is a little less city mouse meets country mouse, as Beckwith has been living on Bruach for years at this point. She's still an outsider, though, and her insights reflect the subtle way that she is both included and loved by her neighbors, but seen as inexorably different. Beckwith's humor and kindness shine throughout the book, making it a delightful read for a blustery day.