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Maxwell's Ghost: An Epilogue to Gavin Maxwell's Camusfearna

af Richard Frere

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Gavin Maxwell's Ring of Bright Water is one of the most famous books of natural history of the 20th century. Yet the man remains a fascinating and enduring enigma. This is a personal and sympathetic look at an extraordinary man during his last tumultuous years by one of his closest friends and his business manager. The title refers to the physical resemblance between the two men and the book aims to provide an honest portrait of Maxwell through the destruction of Camusfearna to his final acceptance of the inevitability of death.… (mere)
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Impossible to 'rate' without several caveats and considerations because neither [a:Gavin Maxwell|193021|Gavin Maxwell|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/authors/1267827986p2/193021.jpg] nor [a:Richard Frere|589419|Richard Frere|https://www.goodreads.com/assets/nophoto/user/u_50x66-d9f6a4a5badfda0f69e70cc94d962125.png] are easy to sympathize with in this account of Maxwell's decline and their relationship during those years.

That Frere is unsparing as he recounts some episodes is noteworthy, but is he a reliable biographer? I really don't know, even now that I've closed the book after reading the last page. But, is this a biography in the first place? Not really.

[b:Maxwell's Ghost|1215130|Maxwell's Ghost An Epilogue To Gavin Maxwell's Camusfearna|Richard Frere|/assets/nocover/60x80.png|1203571] is more of a memoir thinly veiled as a biography which has elements of a celebrity expose but somehow restrains itself when it wanders too far in that direction.

It is also a history of a place and a man's brief respite and struggles there. This is where Frere is in his element, his comfort zone. Frere may not necessarily be a member of the local booster club but when he describes Sandaig and its environs the reader is whisked away to another place.

Frere's misadventures on the water are a treat for anyone fascinated by boats and boating. His perspective on his late friend/employer and his own life offer a glimpse into how hard it can truly be for one man to know another, or a reader to know someone through a biography or memoir. ( )
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Gavin Maxwell's Ring of Bright Water is one of the most famous books of natural history of the 20th century. Yet the man remains a fascinating and enduring enigma. This is a personal and sympathetic look at an extraordinary man during his last tumultuous years by one of his closest friends and his business manager. The title refers to the physical resemblance between the two men and the book aims to provide an honest portrait of Maxwell through the destruction of Camusfearna to his final acceptance of the inevitability of death.

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