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From Ink Lake: Canadian Stories Selected By Michael Ondaatje

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This highly acclaimed anthology is an unexpected and discerning mix of traditional short stories and untraditional tales, as selected by one of Canada's most beloved writers, Michael Ondaatje. He has chosen 49 stories by a wide array of writers including Alistair MacLeod, Margaret Laurence, Carol Shields, Dionne Brand, Mavis Gallant, Stephen Leacock, Glenn Gould, Alice ...more
Paperback, 736 pages
Published October 3rd 1995 by Vintage Canada (first published 1990)
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Glen
Feb 29, 2016 Glen rated it really liked it
This is a strong anthology, an attempt in the direction of defining a national literature. It includes some remarkable stories by equally remarkable authors, and it certainly broadens one's conception of what it means or even might mean to be Canadian. It has a few flaws: not enough geographic diversity in the story selections (a bit Ontario-centric), a bit of over-reliance on stories of death and grief, insufficient selections from First Nations authors. Those flaws do not detract a great deal ...more
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Sep 23, 2010 Colin rated it liked it
Adult content. This is a huge collection of Canadian stories compiled by Michael Ondaatje. I have been reading this at school lately during free reading time. Not all of the stories are to my taste, but I have been introduced to one or two Canadian authors I was not previously familiar with.
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All I've read so far is the Alice Munro story; Miles City, Montana, and as usual Alice Munro is laughing at my pathetic attempt to write fiction. It's great.

I got this book at Sabine's for $2. $2!!! That's crazy.
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He was born to a Burgher family of Dutch-Tamil-Sinhalese-Portuguese origin. He moved to England with his mother in 1954. After relocating to Canada in 1962, Ondaatje became a Canadian citizen. Ondaatje studied for a time at Bishops College School and Bishop's University in Lennoxville, Quebec, but moved to Toronto and received his BA from the University of Toronto and his MA from Queen's ...more
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