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The title story, about the Quebec boy who is shipped a Toronto Maple Leafs sweater by mistake, has become a Christmas favorite. Also included are nineteen other tales of a childhood in a Quebec village. The Hockey Sweater is now an award-winning National Film Board film. This is Roch Carrier at his best!
Paperback, 160 pages
Published November 1st 1979 by House of Anansi Press
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I often times find it difficult to really rave about a set of short stories. It's not that I don't respect the writers or the medium, I just have little tolerance for the "Aha!" moment which most short stories seem to strive for. Within the last lines of nearly every short story these days, there is the tangible effort by the author to say, "See? See how clever I am? The pencil sharpener isn't a pencil sharpener, it's the little girl's need for a father! Praise be unto me for this unexpected end ...more
Twenty stories about the author's childhood in rural Quebec around the time of the Second World War, most of just four or five pages in length, that read almost like parables. Taken individually they felt a bit slight, but there is a cumulative effect when read all together. Hard to fault them, but while the themes seem universal, maybe you need to be Canadian (or French Canadian?) to understand quite why the collection, and in particular the title story (about a Montreal Canadiens fan who is se ...more
I had always heard of the "Hockey Sweater" story and as a Montreal Canadians fan, I felt his pain. I had never read any of Roch Carrier's other works. I totally enjoy him and now am working my way through 4 more books by him, translated by Sheila Fischman. A wonderful author - I love his humour.
The Hockey Sweater and Other Stories chronicles an interesting childhood in French Canada. Watch out for the recurrence of the best friend Lapin and several monsieurs who feed the curiosities of our narrator. At the end of the book, Roch Carrier only proves that even the simplistic eyes like that of a child's come the most profound views on life.
Brad Czepiel
Great stories/essays about growing up in rural Canada, where hockey, church, and family undergird life - but plenty of moral and physical mysteries/discoveries inspire our young narrator, who now looks back on those days. Fun, fast, and substantial.
I enjoyed this a lot. The stories are very short, but powerfully written. I only wish I'd been able to read it in the original French instead of translated. I always feel like I'm losing a part of the experience when I read translated literature.
Short stories, fun read, despite him being a Habs fan.
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Roch Carrier, OC is a Canadian novelist, playwright and author of "contes" (a very brief form of the short story). He is among the best known Quebec writers in English Canada.

From 1994 to 1997, he served as head of the Canada Council. In 1998, he ran as an electoral candidate for the Quebec Liberal Party under Jean Charest, in the riding of Crémazie. He was defeated by 309 votes.

In 1991, he was ma
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