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This is an auction for ISLAND: COLLECTED STORIES by Alistair MacLeod.

“Cinematic in its vividness.”
- Joyce Carol Oates

Amazon.com reviews:

"Alistair MacLeod has been hailed internationally as a master of the short story. These eloquent and life-affirming stories demonstrate the careful craftsmanship and deep understanding that has brought Alistair MacLeod a worldwide audience and the esteem of both critics and writers. Exploring the abiding mysteries at the heart of human relationships, MacLeod maps the lives of ordinary working men and women — the fishermen, miners, farmers, factory workers, and housewives of his native Cape Breton Island. Imbued with the melodious rhythms of Gaelic speech, his fiction has been compared with that of William Faulkner and James Joyce.”

"The sixteen exquisitely crafted stories in 'Island' prove Alistair MacLeod to be a master. Quietly, precisely, he has created a body of work that is among the greatest to appear in English in the last fifty years. A book-besotted patriarch releases his only son from the obligations of the sea. A father provokes his young son to violence when he reluctantly sells the family horse. A passionate girl who grows up on a nearly deserted island turns into an ever-wistful woman when her one true love is felled by a logging accident. A dying young man listens to his grandmother play the old Gaelic songs on her ancient violin as they both fend off the inevitable. The events that propel MacLeod's stories convince us of the importance of tradition, the beauty of the landscape, and the necessity of memory.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Alistair MacLeod (1936?2014), raised in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, was an acclaimed Canadian novelist, short story writer, and academic.

Paperback 2002.

431 pages.

Very good condition.

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