Island: The Collected Short Stories of Alistair MacLeod

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McClelland & Stewart, 2000 - Cape Breton Island (N.S.) - 434 pages
Alistair MacLeod has been hailed internationally as a master of the short story. Now MacLeod's collected stories, including two never before published, are gathered together for the first time in "Island." These sixteen superbly crafted stories, most of them firmly based in Cape Breton even if its people stray elsewhere, depict men and women living out their lives against the haunting landscape that surrounds them. Focusing on the complexities and abiding mysteries at the heart of human relationships, MacLeod maps the close bonds and impassable chasms that lie between man and woman, parent and child, and invokes memory and myth to celebrate the continuity of the generations, even in the midst of unremitting change. Eloquent, humane, powerful, and told in a voice at once elegiac and life-affirming, the stories in this astonishing collection seize us from the outset and remain with us long after the final page.

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User Review  - abycats - LibraryThing

I loved these stories because they tell of a particular place and time in beautiful language. MacLeod is know more for books like "Guns of Navarone" but this volume includes his heart. Highly recommended, but read (please) one story at a time to get the most complete satisfaction. Read full review

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User Review  - stef7sa - LibraryThing

Varying in quality but repetitious in content and atmosphere these stories portray the hardships of life as a miner or fisher on the island of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada. The better stories bring in some fictional drama instead of being mere biographical tales. Read full review


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About the author (2000)

Alistair MacLeod was born in North Battleford, Saskatchewan and was educated at the Nova Scotia Teacher's College, St. Francis Xavier University, University of New Brunswick, and Notre Dame University. MacLeod taught at both Indiana University and the University of Windsor. His fiction collection includes As Birds Bring Forth the Sun and Other Stories and The Lost Salt Gift of Blood: New and Selected Stories.

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