As Birds Bring Forth the Sun and Other Stories by Alistair MacLeodThe superbly crafted stories collected in Alistair MacLeod’s As Birds Bring Forth the Sun and Other Stories depict men and women acting out their “own peculiar mortality” against the haunting landscape of Cape Breton Island. In a voice at once elegiac and life-affirming, MacLeod describes a vital present inhabited by the unquiet spirits of a Highland past, invoking memory and myth to celebrate the continuity of the generations even in the midst of unremitting change.
His second collection, As Birds Bring Forth the Sun and Other Stories confirms MacLeod’s international reputation as a storyteller of rare talent and inspiration.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
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As birds bring forth the sun and other stories
Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book. Thematically it links up to the rest of his work. Unfortunately though there is not a large body of it. As before the stories are set in his native Nova Scotia--among the farming, mining and fishing communities. It is a very hardscrabble life for whatever the chosen vocation or occupation. There is a timeless quality to his work--generations seguing together--eking out an existence from a beautiful but oftentimes hostile and dangerous land. MacLeod remains as ever close to his Highland Scottish and Gaelic roots--the life and culture of the old country remains relevant in the new.
Another great short story collection by MacLeod--maybe just a little more uneven than his 'Lost salt gift of blood'. Thematically it links up to the rest of his work. Unfortunately though there is not She has also written a collection of short fiction, "Storm Glass," and several articles and reviews. Urquhart has also received the Marian Engel Award, in , for an outstanding body of prose written by a Canadian woman and was named to France's Order of Arts and Letters as a Chevalier in
It was originally published in All of its stories were later republished in Island. Macleod explores how family stories and myths, even though they are fictitious, fold into the present to provide comfort in times of emotional distress. The narrator retells the family history of an ancestor who saves and nurtures back to health an injured puppy on the brink of death, only to be violently killed by the dog's offspring a few years later. The dog, known in the stories as the "grey dog of death", consistently appears at times in dreams or in visions in the family's history as an omen of imminent death for a relative.