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Gilian The Dreamer

Neil Munro

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .His excitement could with difficulty be concealed. Very restlessly he moved about in his chair, and turned his look from the General to the boy and back again, but the General sat with his chin in his breast, his mind a vacancy.

"Look at the General there; you're fairly scunnering him with your notions," said the Cornal. "I must speak to John about this. A soldier indeed! You're not fit for it, lad; you have only the makings of a dominie. Sit you there, and we'll see what John has to say about this when he comes in: it is going on seven, and he'll be back from the dregy in time for his supper."

Gilian sat trembling in his chair; the brothers leaned back in theirs and breathed heavily and said no word, and never even stretched a hand to the bottle of spirits. A solemn quiet again took possession of the house, but for a door that slammed in the lower flat, shaking the dwelling; the lulled sound of women's conversation at the oven-grate was utterly sti. . . Read More

Community Reviews

This book is packed full of beauty and truth. Gilian is a stunning character with a window into the souls of everyone around him. Despite a hard life, he sees beauty and wonder in everything around him, including the worst of conditions. It's a mighty little tale packed inside an unassuming premi...more