Otters and a man Aug 3, 2007
Gavin Maxwell has painted an astounding chapter in his life which is all the more remarkable for the simplicity and modesty with which it is related. His companions, sea otters, are wonderfully shown for the intelligent, sensitive and playful creatures that they are. Tragedy and comedy are skilfully interwoven. His depiction of the main setting, a relatively small area around a tiny house on a bleak shore on the north west coast of Scotland is made all the more poignant by the realisation that this like many such things, has now gone forever. For anyone who loves the wild and loves those who share such feelings this a beautiful read.