Essay Topic 1
"Beside the Ocean of Time" is rooted in Orkney tradition and culture. Write an essay on the connection it has to the world of these northern Scottish islands. How does the author evoke the landscape and ways of his people? What does he love about his homeland? How does he express this in the book?
Essay Topic 2
The style of writing a story within a story is somewhat unique. What does this literary device allow the author to reveal about his main character, Thorfinn? Why doesn't he simply write a book of imaginative stories? How is this double layer of reality different? How does it affect the reader?
Essay Topic 3
Although the book is written in English, it is full of a distinct dialect that is Scottish/Orkney. Go through the book, lifting out phrases, words and names which reveal "Beside the Ocean of Time" to...
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