The Lost Salt Gift of Blood

The Lost Salt Gift of Blood The stories of The Lost Salt Gift of Blood are remarkably simple a family is drawn together by shared and separate losses a child s reality conflicts with his parents memories a young man struggles

  • Title: The Lost Salt Gift of Blood
  • Author: Alistair MacLeod
  • ISBN: 9780771099694
  • Page: 496
  • Format: Paperback
  • The stories of The Lost Salt Gift of Blood are remarkably simple a family is drawn together by shared and separate losses, a child s reality conflicts with his parents memories, a young man struggles to come to terms with the loss of his father.Yet each piece of writing in this critically acclaimed collection is infused with a powerful life of its own, a precision of laThe stories of The Lost Salt Gift of Blood are remarkably simple a family is drawn together by shared and separate losses, a child s reality conflicts with his parents memories, a young man struggles to come to terms with the loss of his father.Yet each piece of writing in this critically acclaimed collection is infused with a powerful life of its own, a precision of language and a scrupulous fidelity to the reality of time and place, of sea and Maritime farm.Focusing on the complexities and abiding mysteries at the heart of human relationships, the seven stories of The Lost Salt Gift of Blood map the close bonds and impassable chasms that lie between man and woman, parent and child.

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    1. I wish I could give this book more than five stars. It's the best book of short stories I've read this year, by far. This is old school writing, where the author takes his time and establishes a mood and an atmosphere you can almost feel, taste, and touch. All the stories take place in the stark scenery of Cape Breton, which is on the Nova Scotia coast, and all the characters are miners, lighthouse keepers, fishermen, and farmers; all battling the harsh environment of the land they love and stru [...]

    2. In my mind, Alistair MacLeod is one of today's best writers. He doesn't try to grab you with flashy techniques or weird storyline twists or profound social comment. Rather, he's a storyteller, pure and simple. This is a collection of some of his rare short stories that chronicle the lives of people in his native Nova Scotia. They are beautifully crafted and moving in their simplicity. If you enjoy a quiet, yet moving story, well told, I recommend anything written by Alistair MacLeod.

    3. "It does not matter that some things are difficult. No one has ever said that life is to be easy. Only that it is to be lived." - p. 150 Macleod, The Road to Rankin's Point.

    4. "No one has ever said that life is to be easy, only that it is to be lived." Alistair MacLeod casually drops this observation in the final story "The Road to Rankin's Point." First, the reader is struck by its simplicity, next by its profundity, and lastly by the possibility that it is neither simple nor profound, but rather merely a summation. Whether of life or anthology, the question of attribution I shall leave in your hands.MacLeod's writing floored me. His competency and use of language is [...]

    5. A big thank you to Charles for recommending and lending this collection. Every story stayed with me for some time. I couldn't read more than one story a day because they are so powerful. Amazing.

    6. A great collection of short stories by a masterful writer, and great example of how less can be more Especially when each word is so well chosen. Also an evocative snapshot of the working people of the Atlantic provinces. Loved this book!

    7. Made me miss home. I understand the need to leave, but also the desire to return to what is familiar and comforting.

    8. I found this in the way that lots of us semi-literate plodders find books, from an obituary. Before his death in April, 2014, I had not previously been aware of MacLeod or his work. The praise that accompanied his obituary sent me to , and the only one of his books available (at the time) in Kindle format.Almost immediately, I found myself recalling E. Annie Proulx's "The Shipping News" as I immersed myself in the stark, bleak environment of MacLeod's North Atlantic coast. I particularly enjoy b [...]

    9. No Great Mischief is a favourite novel of mine. This collection of stories doesn't disappoint, but man, Macleod's writing is sad and harsh. But beautiful.

    10. A very slim volume of seven short stories, all set in Nova Scotia. It took seven years to write, but with what result. Pity the author has passed away as he deserved a Noble prize in literature. One of the best collections of short stories I've read. Someone called this set stunning. I don't think it was any exaggeration. Three of the stories deserve special mention:- In the Fall - a story of friendship between an ex-mine horse and the miner and his family. Description of the animal's trust towa [...]

    11. What can one say about Alistair Macleod, i mean really. He is excellent. I loved No Great Mischief, and frankly I'm not much of a short story reader, but thanks to Katherine Fawcett's Little Washer of Sorrows I have started to read some. There is such a vivid picture of time and place in these stories. You can almost smell the fires burning in the homes, and feel the cold breath coming from the characters as they shiver in the cold, and deal with real life decisions - Hunger, shelter, and well b [...]

    12. This book really wasn't my cup of tea. I chose it simply because I wanted a taste of Alistair MacLeod's work as I had not read it before. While each essay was immensely descriptive and there were a handful of sentences that made me stop and think, (e.g. "No one has ever said that life is to be easy. Only that is is to be lived." - pg. 150) I still wasn't able to embrace this collection of short stories as a whole. A friend of mine was a student of Mr. MacLeod's and had told me what a kind-hearte [...]

    13. Short stories are generally not my thing but this collection blew me away!!!! While I love a fast-paced, plot-driven read, I also relish the beauty of the written word which creates, for me, a lushness in the reading experience. Yes, there is a 'plot' weaving through each of these essays but it is not the raison d'etre of the story. The development of character and 'place' in each story is stunning! Descriptively, this is one of the best books I have read!!!

    14. Not being able to obtain a book that I was going to read with the NCL group here on , I decided instead to read this one.Some of the stories I had read before in another collection but still I enjoyed re-reading them. Of the ones new to me, each one I enjoyed, both the story and the quality of the writing.MacLeod has a keen eye for the everyday things of Maritime Canada, and the people and complexities that bind them. My especial favourite was The Boat.

    15. these stories are gems. although separate, they seem to be part of a whole. they capture in wonderful prose the life and locale of Cape Breton, Newfoundland -- a beautiful and obscure site of miners and fishermen still connected to their roots in the Old Country. He spent seven years on these seven stories, and it shows in the perfection of every sentence.

    16. I relate a lot to the second story for that I also come from a small place thought as poor and undeveloped. I'm lucky to leave there and come to the capital of my own country. But I never felt any sense of belonging during my 4 years here in this big city. The last part the the second story on how you view outsiders touched me deeply and I can feel an urge to go back.

    17. Almost all of these stories teeter on the brink of sentimentality, with a couple crossing the precipice, but on the whole they're pretty crushing, despairing looks at the internal suffering of a disparate group of people.

    18. Cape Breton, a Canadian maritime province, is immortalized by famous Canadian author A. MacLeod. The short stories are cold, dark, and depressing, but full of excellent imagery and a great way to understand the Scottish/Irish culture on these islands. Easy read.

    19. It's been awhile since I read it, but I do remember that these short stories blew me away. All set in eastern Canada, they very subtly and quietly capture the challenges, tragedies and joys of life on the island, and maybe just life, period.

    20. Strong, poignant, memorable prose. Some pieces, such as "The Boat" and the title piece stand out with their calmness and boldness of expression that permeate the consciousness of the reader. These stories are a valuable rarity in the literary world.

    21. The second story was wonderful and I would have liked to have seen it be the story of the entire collection. The others were well written but lacked the same energy. It has encouraged me to re-consider MacLeod though and try some of his novels.

    22. newfie soul baby scots irish fisherfolk and those just holding on to whatever humans everywhere hold on toice snow heaving ocean rocky coast salt of the earth masterworks by a living authormet him at the Voices conference in Northern Mainelovely quiet humble gentleman

    23. I could tell that these stories are Powerful and Moving, but it also takes about ten pages to find out what exactly is going on

    24. "I feel myself falling back into the past now, hoping to have more and more past as I have less and less future." I'm left dumbfounded by each of the seven stories in this collection. Perfection.

    25. Alistair Macleods sure knows how to take us to the coast , to smell the city and relive our family problems.

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