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"And when, on the still cold nights, he pointed his nose at a star and howled long and wolflike, it was his ancestors, dead and dust, pointing nose at star and howling down through the centuries and through him."

from The Call of the Wild by Jack London

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Short Stories in a Northern Setting

Island: The Complete Stories

Title: Island: The Complete Stories
By: Alistair MacLeod

Modern Library named Canadian author Alistair MacLeod one of the greatest writers in the English language since 1950. After spending some time with this collection of stories, it is clear why.

These short stories, set for the most part in the stark but evocative landscape of Cape Breton Island, are beautifully written. They follow the lives and relationships of people who are bound to tradition and memory--lives that seem at first very simple but which are actually deeply complex. The stories bring together past and present, myth and reality, in a spellbinding setting. They are a treat for anyone who enjoys great writing.

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Posted by fatorangecat on Oct. 31, 2008 at 5:14 p.m.


May 12, 2009 at 10:49 a.m.:

I agree with you!!

I read MacLeod's novel and liked it so much I picked up this book of short stories. They're so well written they're breath taking.

July 18, 2010 at 6:48 p.m.:

I haven't read any of the author's work, but after your evocative review, I will have to read all that is out. Thanks for a beautifully written review.

September 7, 2011 at 11:31 a.m.:

Yes, one of the finest books I've ever read.

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