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Corrag: A Novel

por Susan Fletcher

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1692. Corrag-- an accused witch-- is imprisoned for her supposed involvement in a massacre she had no part in. As she tells her story to an Irish propagandist, she transforms both their lives.
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I'm not sure I have the words to even begin to describe how much I adored this book. Part way through I was actually resisting the urge to read because I was dreading finishing it. I just wanted to be reading it forever. I'm not going to talk about the book because I won't even come close to capturing how extraordinarily magnificent this is. Just read it please. ( )
  boobellina | Jul 12, 2017 |
I'm not sure I have the words to even begin to describe how much I adored this book. Part way through I was actually resisting the urge to read because I was dreading finishing it. I just wanted to be reading it forever. I'm not going to talk about the book because I won't even come close to capturing how extraordinarily magnificent this is. Just read it please. ( )
  boobellina | Jul 12, 2017 |
Corrag – Susan Fletcher (also titled The Highland Witch and Witch Light)
Audio performance by Rosalyn Landor
3.5 stars (round down to three)

In 1692, the Irish Jacobite, Charles Leslie, travels to Inverary to interview Corrag, a convicted witch. She is possibly the only living witness to the infamous Glencoe Massacre. Leslie is looking for proof that King William ordered the slaughter. He is even willing to endure the company of an evil witch to advance his cause. The story is told in two voices. Leslie relates his experience and change of heart in letters to his wife. Corrag speaks as if she is talking directly to Leslie during his frequent visits to her prison cell.
Leslie hears far more of Corrag’s story than he intended. She relates her entire lonely precarious life, from her illegitimate birth, to her witch mother’s execution, her lonely escape to the highlands and finally to the massacre itself. The author worked very hard to present Corrag as a sympathetic character. Her situation is desperate. Leslie comes to feel the injustice of her impending execution along with the reader.

Corrag’s legendary place in history is a very interesting story. Fletcher did create a full character with a rich background. However, I felt that this book moved very slowly with a great deal of repetition. There were a great many well written descriptive passages, but the lack of action made much of the narrative feel like filler. It was difficult for me to wade through these with the sense of doom hanging over the entire story.
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  msjudy | May 30, 2016 |
It was the winter of 1692 and a young girl is being held as a witch. She is scheduled to burn as soon as a thaw sets in, but was she really a witch or was she simply a person who had witnessed the massacre at Glen Coe and being silenced. Through the cold winter days she tells her story to an Irish rector, Charles Leslie, who is a firm supporter of the Stuart dynasty and was trying to prove that the English King, George, had a hand in this massacre.

Witch Light by Susan Fletcher is an incredibly beautiful yet sad tale. I have never read such rich descriptions of the Scottish Highlands, the author’s wording of how the light plays off the hills, the mists, the colors and scents built strong images in my mind. This was writing that spoke to all five of my senses. Yet, Corag’s life was a sad one, both a granddaughter and a daughter of women who had been killed as witches, she fled England and found herself in a remote valley of the Scottish Highlands. This was a place that she thought she could make her home, she got along with the people and even formed an attachment with one Alastair MacDonald. Little did she know that the MacDonald clan was doomed.

This book details an event in history that was fascinating to read of and also led me to investigate further. The Jacobite feeling was strong in the Highlands and led to much confrontation and cruelty. The English soldiers were taxed with establishing loyalty to both England and George I while the Clans supported the Stuart claim. There were many acts of violence and cruelty that eventually led to the uprising that was ended by the Battle of Culloden. Witch Light was an amazing read that shines a light on one of incidents that was used to try and break the hold the clans had on Scotland. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Mar 23, 2016 |
10 audio discs

retelling of the 1692 Glencoe massacre
"Corrag, an accused witch, relates her story to Charles Leslie, an Irish Jacobite seeking evidence against the king."

5* favorite ( )
  pennsylady | Jan 27, 2016 |
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Edinburgh 18th February 1692

Jane, I can't think of a winter that has been this cruel, or has asked so much of me.

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