The Water of Life (Uisge beatha) by Daniel MarchildonThe Water of Life (Uisge beatha) by Daniel Marchildon

The Water of Life (Uisge beatha)

byDaniel Marchildon

Paperback | July 27, 2015

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Uisge beatha, Scottish Gaelic for 'whisky', is literally 'the water of life'. However, it also frequently proves lethal.

Driven by a mysterious voice, Elizabeth Legrand plunges headlong into an insane project: opening a distillery in her small, isolated Canadian community in Georgian Bay. Using ancient reserves of Glen Dubh, a mythical Scotch thought lost to the world, she hopes to create a single-malt whisky better than anything distilled in Scotland. However, the only thing that could prove worse than failing to revive the Glen Dubh is if she succeeds.

The water of life, incarnated in the Fearmòr clan's whisky for over five centuries, is tainted by the dramatic and sometimes fatal struggles of the distillers. It bends the will of those it touches: guiding them or condemning them to their fate. This turbulent family saga spans two continents and several generations of three lineages, climaxing with the tragic arrival of the whisky in Lake Huron.

The present-day descendants of the bloodlines are about to meet, and so will begin yet another tumultuous chapter in the odyssey of "the water of life", mixing the captivating tale of Scotch whisky with the stories of the challenging Georgian Bay coastal life.

Title:The Water of Life (Uisge beatha)Format:PaperbackDimensions:322 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.72 inPublished:July 27, 2015Publisher:Odyssey BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1922200263

ISBN - 13:9781922200266

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Gripping Yarn of Scotland and Distilling This is an historical family saga set in Scotland and Canada and follows the history of Scotch Whisky-Whiskey. I enjoyed the story and it was fast read. The author did a very good job with research. I learned a lot about Scottish History and the history of distilling Scotch. The book does jump around a lot, between time frames and places so when reading the book you need to keep track of where you are. Enjoy this fine yarn with good dram. I received a copy of this from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review
Date published: 2015-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great story! The Water of Life (uisge beatha) marks Daniel Marchildon’s first major step into English-language literature after an award-winning career in French-Canadian letters. This ambitious novel, spanning five hundred years and three families, shows the reach of an experienced and confident novelist at the height of his powers. Dealing with a cast of dozens of characters and numerous plot threads, Marchildon never loses his way. Shifts in time and place are handled effortlessly, and characters enter and leave the story (disturbingly often by drowning) in a natural and unforced way. Indeed, I found myself wondering how much of the novel was based on the lives and deaths of real families in Scotland and Canada. All through the narrative run the twin themes of whisky (the water of life itself) and cruel, beautiful Georgian Bay -- two immensely powerful forces which come together in Elizabeth Legrand’s distillery at Lighthouse Point. A great story, and we’ll hope for much more in English translation from Mr. Marchildon.
Date published: 2015-10-05