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No Great Mischief - Alistair MacLeod
No Great Mischief
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Alistair MacLeod musters all of the skill and grace that have won him an international following to give us No Great Mischief, the story of a fiercely loyal family and the tradition that drives it.Generations after their forebears went into exile, the MacDonalds still face seemingly unmitigated... show more
Alistair MacLeod musters all of the skill and grace that have won him an international following to give us No Great Mischief, the story of a fiercely loyal family and the tradition that drives it.Generations after their forebears went into exile, the MacDonalds still face seemingly unmitigated hardships and cruelties of life. Alexander, orphaned as a child by a horrific tragedy, has nevertheless gained some success in the world. Even his older brother, Calum, a nearly destitute alcoholic living on Toronto's skid row, has been scarred by another tragedy. But, like all his clansman, Alexander is sustained by a family history that seems to run through his veins. And through these lovingly recounted stories-wildly comic or heartbreakingly tragic-we discover the hope against hope upon which every family must sometimes rely.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780375726651 (0375726659)
Publisher: Vintage
Pages no: 304
Edition language: English
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BrokenTune
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2.0 No Great Mischief
"The ‘lamp of the poor’ is hardly visible in urban southwestern Ontario, although there are many poor who move disjointedly beneath it. And the stars are seldom clearly seen above the pollution of prosperity." This, in short, is what I liked about the book. Yes, I do mean that particular quote. ...
The City Of Invention
The City Of Invention rated it
4.0 The Fading Of Scots-Canadian Identity
Set in Cape Breton in the nineteen seventies, No Great Mischief revolves around the visit of a successful orthodontist to his alcoholic brother eking out a miserable existence in a sqalid room above a shop in Toronto. The visit is the starting point for a narrative that follows the fortunes of a gro...
The Drift Of Things
The Drift Of Things rated it
4.0
Another outstanding piece of storytelling from this great Scotch Canadian. He uses repetition of images and phrases throughout the book as a very effective tool. It gives the story both a rhythm and an anchor, continually bringing you back to reminders of what binds the clan and their shared histo...
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