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As Birds Bring Forth the Sun and Other Stories

4.42  ·  Rating Details ·  171 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
The 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 ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published June 1st 1992 by New Canadian Library (first published 1986)
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May 18, 2016 Michael rated it it was amazing
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Wie ein Schwarm Zugvögel sitzen sie da, am Strand von Nova Scotia, und warten auf das Zeichen zum Abflug in Richtung Afrika: eine Gruppe von Minenarbeitern, aus der Zeit gefallen wie antike Schauspieler oder Mastodons, von der Ausrottung bedroht.
Sie führen ein archaisches Leben, die Gesundheit fortwährend bedroht von Stolleneinstürzen, Steinschlägen oder Flutungen, den Großteil des Jahres weit entfernt von den Familien, vor allem aber
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This was an absolutely fantastic read, the writing is superb, at times breath-taking. The stories center around traditional life on Cape Breton Island, the force of nature and mortality.
A huge thank-you to Amanda Center, on whose Booktube channel I discovered this little gem.

Auf Cape Breton Island in der kanadischen Provinz Novia Scotia leben vorwiegend Nachfahren schottischer Auswanderer, die während der Highland Clearances aus dem schottischen Hochland vertrieben wurden. Die
Feb 04, 2016 Amanda rated it really liked it
The first story was amazing, absolutely wonderful in its quietness and brutality and mortality. The next two were grand winter tales I will love rereading. The rest of the stories didn't leave as good of impressions, but they all captured the hardworking, pastoral, Canadian life. I will definitely be reading more by this author!
Jun 26, 2008 Smcalli1 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
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.
Jan 01, 2014 Julie rated it really liked it
This was a fantastic collection of short stories, that pulled me in from the start, and had me wanting to read it through in a sitting.

The first short story in this collection, The Closing Down of Summer, completely gripped me and pulled me in. In fact, most of the stories in this story had me engrossed into the collection of stories. There were many times, where I was completely lost in the stories.

The writing alone was good enough to make this collection be a great one, combined with some ex
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Dec 14, 2016 Josh Sieders rated it it was amazing
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I thoroughly enjoyed this. I've always wished this author wrote more. MacLeod tells stories about a people, their heritage, way of life and the land that is a part of them with love and always a tinge of melancholy. And somehow it makes me long to know these people more, to visit Cape Breton and to feel a kinship with them. The language is simple and eloquent at the same time, with no wasted words and the descriptions – which I can find onerous in novels – drop you right into the heart of the st ...more
Jul 14, 2014 Jim rated it really liked it
A delightful collection of crisp charged stories about Canadian Scots living in the beautiful, rough farming/fishing/logging/mining (heck, just about any type of work that demanded hard labor and danger) of the Cape Breton area of Nova Scotia. Well written, almost memoirish, with a fondness that infuses the stories, seemingly holding up the mostly male characters as admirable, honest, hard working, hard suffering, proud people. Description of life and land are wonderful. The stories sometime mea ...more
Aug 06, 2013 Tara rated it it was amazing
Loved this book of short stories, although I'm not usually a big short story person. The characters came immediately to life and the pictures of life on the east coast were vivid. The stories are very real life, often leading from one story and ending in another, and often involving very difficult lives, both for the people and for the animals that appear frequently. But even though their lives were tough and sometimes filled with tragedy, I didn't find the book to be depressing. Definitely wort ...more
Aug 01, 2010 Mrsgaskell rated it really liked it
I generally much prefer novels to short stories but these were beautifully written, and somewhat haunting. Set against the landscape of Cape Breton the characters’ memories of life, change, loss, and the passing of generations are deeply poignant.
My book rating: 9 stars
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Jan 13, 2013 Magnus Flyte rated it it was amazing
Stunningly beautiful writing. Do yourself a favor and read this book. Slowly, while no one is bothering you. Savor every word. It's not very long, but it's very, very good.
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When MacLeod was ten his family moved to a farm in Dunvegan, Inverness County on Nova Scotia's Cape Breton Island. After completing high school, MacLeod attended teacher's college in Truro and then taught school. He studied at St. Francis Xavier University between 1957 and 1960 and graduated with a BA and B.Ed. He then went on to receive his MA in 1961 from the University of New Brunswick and his ...more
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