In beside the ocean of time george mackay brown links together several short stories featuring day dreaming thorfinn ragnarson the seemingly semi autobiographical novel about 1930s and 40s orkney is typical of browns trademark style prosaic and yet deeply lyrical. Beside the ocean of time george mackay brown on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers thorfinn ragnarson is the daydreaming son of a tenant farmer avoiding both work and school despite the best efforts of family. Beside the ocean of time is a novel by scottish writer george mackay brown it was shortlisted for the booker prize and judged scottish book of the year by the saltire society 1 the plot follows thorfinn ragnarson from norday in the orkney islands of the 1930s 2. Thorfinn ragnarson is the daydreaming son of a tenant farmer avoiding both work and school despite the best efforts of family friends and neighbours instead the boy dreams up elaborate historical fantasies of himself as a viking traveller a freedom f. Beside the ocean of time is set in the orkney islands on the fictitious island of norday in the mid 1930s first published in 1994 the novel follows thorfinn ragnarson a boy whose imaginary adventures take us back in time to important moments in the history of the island
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