From Ink Lake: Canadian Stories Selected By Michael Ondaatje

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This highly acclaimed anthology is an unexpected and discerning mix of traditional short stories and untraditional tales, as selected by one of Canada's most beloved writers, Michael Ondaatje. He has chosen 49 stories by a wide array of writers including Alistair MacLeod, Margaret Laurence, Carol Shields, Dionne Brand, Mavis Gallant, Stephen Leacock, Glenn Gould, Alice Munro, Rohinton Mistry, David Adams Richards and many more. Full of diversity and surprise, these writings reveal the geographical, emotional and ...
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Overview

This highly acclaimed anthology is an unexpected and discerning mix of traditional short stories and untraditional tales, as selected by one of Canada's most beloved writers, Michael Ondaatje. He has chosen 49 stories by a wide array of writers including Alistair MacLeod, Margaret Laurence, Carol Shields, Dionne Brand, Mavis Gallant, Stephen Leacock, Glenn Gould, Alice Munro, Rohinton Mistry, David Adams Richards and many more. Full of diversity and surprise, these writings reveal the geographical, emotional and literary range of the country. Above all, Michael Ondaatje's personal selection offers good reading and great entertainment.
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Editorial Reviews

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"A magnificent anthology." —The Toronto Star

"From Ink Lake seems certain to become one of our most treasured anthologies." --Montreal Gazette

"Michael Ondaatje's anthology carries the welcome message that diversity equals cultural richness....He has to be congratulated for producing an anthology which is also a landmark." --Times Literary Supplement

"Michael Ondaatje has done a splendid job of creative editing....The variety and richness of the material in From Ink Lake is staggering." --Kingston Whig-Standard

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In his introduction to this rewarding collection of short fiction dating from the 1930s to the present, Ondaatje ( In the Skin of a Lion ) says that he chose stories that ``mapped the geographical, emotional, and literary range of the country, from fable to chronicle to intimate moment.'' He has succeeded admirably; one absorbs, in addition to the high literary quality of most of these 50 tales, an idea of the vast breadth of Canada: its plains and maritime provinces and cities; its extremes of weather--from cold so frigid that eyelashes freeze together, to heat dense with mosquitoes and horseflies. Generally these stories eschew minimalism; they evoke emotion and compel involvement. Characters in memorable narratives by Guy Vanderhaeghe, Morley Callaghan, Clark Blaise and Sinclair Ross come from French- and English-speaking backgrounds. Bharati Mukherjee, Rohinton Mistry, Matt Cohen, Mordecai Richler and Joy Kogawa add other perspectives to the ethnic mix. Pieces by Wallace Stegner and Gabrielle Roy might be classified as memoirs; Glenn Gould's quirky ``The Search for Petula Clark'' eludes definition. Moreover, any collection that offers Alistair MacLeod and Margaret Atwood (each with two stories), Mavis Gallant, Alice Munro and Margaret Laurence is well worth the price. (Dec.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780394281384
  • Publisher: Knopf Canada
  • Publication date: 10/3/1995
  • Pages: 736
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Ondaatje
Michael Ondaatje lives in Toronto. His most recent book in Vintage Canada is Handwriting, his 10th book of poetry.
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