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ISBN: 0140068791
Author: Kennaway James
Language: English
Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (1985)
Pages: 208
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Rating: 4.6
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James Kennaway served in a Highland regiment himself, and his feeling for ‘tunes of glory, for the glamour and brutality of army life gives added authenticity and humour to this, his first and most famous novel.

James Kennaway served in a Highland regiment himself, and his feeling for ‘tunes of glory, for the glamour and brutality of army life gives added authenticity and humour to this, his first and most famous novel. He died in a car crash at the tragically early age of forty.

Tunes of Glory is a 1960 British drama film directed by Ronald Neame, based on the novel and screenplay by James Kennaway. The film is a "dark psychological drama" focusing on events in a wintry Scottish Highland regimental barracks in the.

James Kennaway was born in Perthshire, Scotland in 1928 and went to public school at Trinity College, Glenalmond.

If James Kennaway were still alive he would be 76 and might well be. .100 Best Scottish Books of all Time Tunes of Glory, his first novel, grew from his National Service experience in a Highland regiment.

If James Kennaway were still alive he would be 76 and might well be considered the grand old man of Scottish fiction. Like Muriel Spark, though, he would probably live elsewhere: he disliked what he saw as the conformism and ‘inbred inferiority complex’ of the Scots. 100 Best Scottish Books of all Time. If James Kennaway were still alive he would be 76 and might well be considered the grand old man of Scottish fiction. Tunes of Glory, his first novel, grew from his National Service experience in a Highland regiment.

Tunes of GloryHousehold GhostsSilence Introduced by Gavin Wallace. This volume collects three of the very best works by James Kennaway, the brilliant young novelist and screenwriter who tragically died in a car crash at the early age of forty. Memorably filmed with Alec Guinness and John Mills, Tunes of Glory is a grippingly dramatic exploration of the glamour and the brutality of post-war army life as the tensions and conflicts in the officers’ mess of a Highland regiment lead to shame and tragedy

Tunes of Glory(1956) was Kennaway's first novel. It remains his best-known work, andthe author himself wrote the screenplay for what was to become a hugely successful film in 1960. His next book, Household Ghosts (1961), was equally powerful.

Tunes of Glory(1956) was Kennaway's first novel. Set in Scotland as a tale of family tension and emotional strife, it was adapted for the stage and then filmed - again to the author's own screenplay - as Country Dance (1969). Atthe age of only 40, James Kennaway suffered a massive heart attack anddied in a car crash just before Christmas in 1968.

Title: Tunes of Glory (1960). The book is a slim volume, but is fast moving and full of character

Title: Tunes of Glory (1960). The book is a slim volume, but is fast moving and full of character. Set in provincial Scotland, the flavour of the film is as strong as the novel (by James Kennaway who also wrote the screenplay) but the characterisation by the actors builds on and then surpasses the script. I note that neither of the actors is Scottish and this amazes me. Maybe I should seek advice from a Scot on this matter.

Lt. Colonel Jock Sinclair is a rough talking, whisky drinking soldier's soldier, a hero of the desert campaign who rose to his position through the ranks.

This book is in good condition but will show signs of previous ownership. Please expect some creasing to the spine and/or minor damage to the cover. Ripped/damaged jacket. The dust jacket of this book is slightly damaged/ripped, however, this does not affect the internal condition. Tanned pages and age spots, however, this will not interfere with reading.

Comments:

FailCrew
A superb performance by a first time writer, James Kennaway tells his story with the character subtlety of writers like LeCarré or Chabon, in an abbreviated style as such older performers like Hawthorne or R. L. Stevenson. His characters use the idioms and language of mid-twentieth century Scotland, which can be a small ordeal for the purist who absolutely must acquire the lexicon, but his narration flows easy to a reader's inner ear, and carries the tale along its "wynds."
The story? Circa 1950, in a post-war regiment, a Scotland based Battalion finds that it's own and trusted long-standing colonel, a hero of Monty's desert war, and a man who rose through the ranks, is being replaced by an officer of the aristocracy, who never led men in battle or from anywhere more risky than a desk. Their power struggle moves toward a serious, life-altering convergence, when Jock, the boozy displaced colonel, strikes an enlisted man, a Piper-Corporal, who Jock discovers secretly courting his daughter. The new Colonel Barrow is eager to pass the matter on for Jock's court martial, but he finds enormous resistance from Jock's loyalists, the battalion's officers and NCO's. Barrow spent his war in a Japanese pow camp, and already has displayed mental instability, so there is a reasonable expectation that he will crack.
But though the plot carries the technical movement of Kennaway's story, it's the character development that pulls the reader along its human terrain. A pride of formidable and interesting men surround the two foils, and Kennaway develops his story with an artist's eye. Jock is a fascinating man, beloved by his men, idolized by the locals, and adored by a thirty-something actress he frequents; but he's also a man who projects his force of character, whether tender or militant, to such a scale that all his men treat him with care, and even Barrow fears a confrontation with this force of nature.
The tale winds up to one terrible night when both characters have lost hope in their salvation, and both literally stand on the ultimate precipice.
In a sense, Kennaway has written a lament, and as his novel concludes, he has buried the colonels in their glory, saying a kind of generational goodbye to all that.
Nafyn
Finally after many years I was able to obtain a copy of this most elusive novel. For many years I have enjoyed the excellent film made in 1960 with Alec Guiness amd John Mills. Over time I had a desire to read the novel upon which the movie was based. Trying to get a copy of this little known work in the States was a difficult prospect, and I am indebted to Amazon.com for their exteneive resources to finally obtain a copy.

The novel is almost like seeing the movie. In fact this is one of those rare examples where a film truly does a literary work justice. In fact I might even venture to say that the film fills out more aspects of the novel, and while the sequence of events may be slightly diferent in both, the end result is brilliant in both cases. This can be one of the fun reasons to read a book and compare it to the cinema version. With this novel most people would likely not know of it except for the brilliance of the movie. This is why I wanted to read it.

The novel finally answered a burning question I have always had. Which Scottish regiment was the author referring too? Apparently Mr. Kenneaway served in the Gordon Highlanders in post war Germany. His expereinces as an officer appear to have been somewhat jaded and his reflexions on national service and the secluded nature of regimental life were shown in the novel. The conflicting personalities of officers and the petty nature of the mess hall ware issues that are shown to have deadly consequnces. Still, the way the novel shows the richness of regimental life in a famous Scottish regiment is one of the main attractions of both this work and the movie. Originally the movie was intended to be shot in Stirling Castle with the Argylls, but the colonel of that regiment decided not to do so which required the production to be done in London Studios. Mostly likely the London Scottish Territorials were used for the big scene shots. Anyway, those who have enjoyed the movie for many years will also like to see how the original novel reads. Like myself they should find it rewarding.
Eigonn
This 1960 film is one of my top ten favorite films. It is a study of a competition of loyalty between the old and the new battalion commanders in a Scottish regiment after World War II. The two leads (John Mills and Alec Guinness) are superb as are the other actors and actresses.
Jothris
I saw the film "Tunes of Glory" when it was released and have seen it several times since. But when I read about the author of the book upon which the film was based, had to read it -- and it's excellent. As always, much more than the film, which of necessity, has to be abbreviated. Definitely worth reading!
Xangeo
A Gift for a friend. It is his favorite movie. Now he can read the book.
X-MEN
Well written, interesting book.
Ielonere
Tunes of Glory has stood up well over the years. Perhaps no other Scots literary work since the war has explored in such depth the issue of Scots identity and the relationship of Scotsman to hearth, home, and Great Britain. The duty of military service in a society still dependent upon class, ritual, and an overmasculinized sense of obligation, sets the stage for conflict between two visions of Scotland, two visions of Britain, and two senses of the fading empire. It was faithfully made into a stunning film with Alec Guinness, John Mills, and Gordon Jackson.
Kennaway wrote both this novel and the screen play for the movie so 98% of the dialog is the same as is the basic plot and story. Far more detail is given into the characters of Jock Sinclair, CLP Frazer, Pipe Major Mac Lean, and RSM Riddick. A very good read.

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