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A Simply brilliant writer,
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This review is from: Paris Stories (New York Review Books Classics) (Paperback)
Mavis Gallant is one of those writers who don't make waves but yet command enormous respect from those who have the good fortune to read her work. As far as being a writer goes, Gallant is the real deal. She left Canada in her twenties and went to Europe, believing that writers ought not to have it easy if they were to learn their trade. She didn't and almost starved in Madrid in the early fifties. She later settled in Paris where she still lives.
Gallant's writing is economical and spare but has an emotional precision that can be breathtaking. She evokes in a few words exchanges and experiences that many writers would struggle to express at all.
If you love reading or you are or want to be a writer, you owe it yourself to discover her work if you haven't already.