Island: The Complete Stories

Island: The Complete Stories

by Alistair MacLeod


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Winner of the PEN/Malamud Award: “The genius of his stories is to render his fictional world as timeless.”—Colm Tóibín

The sixteen exquisitely crafted stories in Island prove Alistair MacLeod to be a master. Quietly, precisely, he has created a body of work that is among the greatest to appear in English in the last fifty years.

A book-besotted patriarch releases his only son from the obligations of the sea. A father provokes his young son to violence when he reluctantly sells the family horse. A passionate girl who grows up on a nearly deserted island turns into an ever-wistful woman when her one true love is felled by a logging accident. A dying young man listens to his grandmother play the old Gaelic songs on her ancient violin as they both fend off the inevitable. The events that propel MacLeod's stories convince us of the importance of tradition, the beauty of the landscape, and the necessity of memory.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393341188
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 11/28/2011
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 831,038
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Alistair MacLeod (1936—2014), raised in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, was an acclaimed Canadian novelist, short story writer, and academic.

Table of Contents

The Boat (1968) 1

The Vastness of the Dark (1971) 26

The Golden Gift of Grey (1971) 59

The Return (1971) 79

In the Fall (1973) 98

The Lost Salt Gift of Blood (1974) 118

The Road to Rankin's Point (1976) 143

The Closing Down of Summer (1976) 180

To Every Thing There Is a Season (1977) 209

Second Spring (1980) 218

Winter Dog (1981) 249

The Tuning of Perfection (1984) 271

As Birds Bring Forth the Sun (1985) 310

Vision (1986) 321

Island (1988) 369

Clearances (1999) 413

Acknowledgements 433

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