Ibis3's Canadian Literature Challenge

Ibis3 delves into classic Canadian literature. Yes there is such a thing! First up: the entire McClelland & Stewart's New Canadian Library.

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Thursday, January 12, 2006

CanLit Project Books 7-9

Book 7, Island (2001) - Alistair MacLeod *active*
From the back cover:
"Alistair 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 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 c
hange. Eloquent, humane, life-affirming, the stories in this astonishing collection seize us from the outset and remain with us long after the final page."

Other useful links:
the Wikipedia article on Alistair MacLeod
the Wikipedia article on Cape Breton Island
the Wikipedia article on the mining disasters in Springhill, Nova Scotia
an interesting interview with Alistair MacLeod

Book 8, What's Bred in the Bone (Book II of the Cornish Trilogy) (1985) - Robertson Davies *active*
From the back cover:
"Francis Cornish was always good at keeping secrets. From the well-hidden family secret of his childhood to his mysterious encounters with a small-town embalmer, a master art restorer, a Bavarian countess, and various masters of espionage, the events in Francis's life were not always what they seemed."

Other useful links:
the Wikipedia article on Robertson Davies
the Wikipedia article on What's Bred in the Bone
Sir Galahad by G.F. Watts
Love Locked Out by Anna Lea Merritt
The Virgin of the Consolation by William Adolphe Bouguereau
The Doctor by Luke Fildes
Flaming June by Frederic, Lord Leighton
portraits done by Harry Furniss, caricaturist and author of How to Draw in Pen and Ink
An Allegory of Time by Angelo Bronzino

Book 9, No Great Mischief (2001) - Alistair MacLeod *active*
From the back cover:
"Alexander MacDonald guides us through his family's mythic past as he recollects the heroic stories of his people: loggers, miners, drinkers, adventurers; men forever in exile, forever linked to their clan. There is the legendary patriarch who left the Scottish Highlands in 1779 and resettled in 'the land of trees,' where his descendants became a separate Nova Scotia clan. There is the team of brothers and cousins, expert miners in demand around the world for their dangerous skills. And there is Alexander and his twin sister, who have left Cape Breton and prospered, yet are haunted by the past. Elegiac, hypnotic, by turns joyful and sad, No Great Mischief is a spellbinding story of family, loyalty, and of the blood ties that bind us to the land from which our ancestors came."

Other useful links:
the Wikipedia article on Alistair MacLeod
the Wikipedia article on Cape Breton Island
an interesting interview with Alistair MacLeod


Blogger Milena said...

A friendly wave from another blogger and a bookcrosser!:-)) I also try to keep a journal about my books. You can have a look at it on http://bookmaniac70.blogspot.com.

Happy Bookcrossing!

January 26, 2006 7:10 a.m.  
Blogger alunsina said...

incidentally, i was desperately looking for text copies of the book lost salt gift of blood. i had it a few years ago from one of the booksales here in manila. it accompanied me many a lonely nights. it was the best. i loved every nook and canny of nova scotia, toronto, cape breton, etc. the book broke my heart. unfortunately my ex-boyfriend stole it (the book) from me. and i cant find any copy. i hope i can find one soon!

January 30, 2006 11:29 a.m.  
Blogger ibis said...

Hi milena! {waving} I started this just for my CanLit project but I decided to make a few off-topic posts about other book related issues. I'll be sure to check out your blog.

alunsina, I will be doing a bookring which will include Island (which has all the stories from Lost Salt Gift of Blood as well as those from As Birds Bring Forth the Sun, plus a few extras), MacLeod's novel, No Great Mischief, and a film called 'Reading Alistair MacLeod' on DVD. To join up, you have to be a member of BookCrossing (free & fun). In a bookring, someone will send you the books, you'd have to read them within a set amount of time (probably 2 months) and then send them on to someone else. On the other hand, if you just want to own a copy of LSGoB, I'd be happy to send you one. There's just a small catch--you'd have to journal it on BookCrossing (you don't have to be a member to do that). Love your pics on your gallery blog, btw!

February 07, 2006 10:22 a.m.  
Blogger Alan Fisk said...

I used the Bronzino Allegory with Venus and Cupid as the subject of my last novel, "Cupid and the Silent Goddess", which imagines how the painting might have been created in Florence in 1544-5.


It qualifies as CanLit, I suppose, because I'm Canadian.

March 31, 2006 6:45 a.m.  

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