- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Vintage; New Ed edition (5 Sept. 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0099422328
- ISBN-13: 978-0099422327
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.8 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 276,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Island: Collected Stories Paperback – 5 Sep 2002
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"A lifetime's achievement in more than one sense" (Sunday Times)
"Startling in their simple perfection" (Sunday Tribune)
"Provokingly singular and rare, an island of richness" (Guardian)
"Beautifully crafted stories: elegiac, honest, proud, and both eloquent and taciturn, like their subjects...a wonderfully talented writer" (Margaret Atwood)
"Rarely does a great writer offer himself to us with an oeuvre so complete" (New York Times Book Review)
The collected stories by one of the greatest short-story writers in the world.See all Product description
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As with all truly great novels, the characters in this book will remain with me forever, and I am certain that I will reflect on them time and time again.
Beautiful book. Shorts stories but we wish to know more about what happened to the persons. A wonderful book. To keep in your shelves!
I tried sending amazon emails so far to no avail!
The moral of this story is, be v careful with your ordering!
Following on, I cannot recommend this book strongly enough either. This is short story writing at its very, very best.. And it's wonderful to discover a new writer who - while he has the concise style of a Hemmingway, Carver, Ford or Wolfe, has a very individual and unique style, no doubt forged by the landscape and country that he is rooted in.
I must admit that, looking back, most of the stories have meshed together in my mind. They all seem to contain the same elements: the son of a poor fisherman/dock worker/coal miner with a tough-as-nails mother struggles to better himself and leave Cape Breton behind, but finds that he is inexplicably tied to the place and its fate and is destined to repeat the failings of his father. Of course, there are exceptions such as the story of the Montreal lawyer visiting his parents, but the theme of inherited misery and pre-destination is always there.
Regardless, I liked the book a lot and vote it a solid "buy".
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