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Sinclair Ross’ 1941 novel As For Me and My House is a masterpiece of Canadian literature, a stunning evocation of the Prairies and their inhabitants during the Depression of the Thirties. With The Lamp at Noon and Other Stories, an original New Canadian Library collection, Ross reveals further dimensions of his fictional universe.

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Paperback, 144 pages
Published November 1st 1988 by New Canadian Library (first published 1968)
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I guess I shouldn't expect a whole lot of happy stories from the author of As For Me and My House .... On the other hand, this is great writing. The first story and "One's a Heifer" are rather disturbing. "Cornet at Night" is probably my favourite story - and the most uplifting story of the bunch.
I read this collection for the Painted Door - which i read as a teenager. it is still one of the most hauntingly amazing stories i have ever read. it quietly spells out the anger, the loneliness and the rage that the prairie can make you feel.
Sep 08, 2012 Ira added it
Read the "The Painted Door" from this book after hearing how another book I'm going to read (Tell It to the Trees by Anita Rau Badami) has echoes of this.

I may be reading more short stories from the book, as I did like the one I read.
The Painted Door stands out as the most memorable story in the anthology. Ultra Canadian and dramatic, a story of infidelity and mediocrity.
Jeff Laughlin
Grossly simple, I read but was not enthralled. Don't be surprised if I change my thoughts later after giving this another try, but this one noted me.
Stephanie Barber
To me, these stories are just typical depression era stories of life on the prairies.
Jill Hyson-Whitty
Read the short story the painted door. It was thought provoking and I loved it.
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