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From Ink Lake: Canadian Stories Selected By Michael Ondaatje
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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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
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.
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 ...moreMore about Michael Ondaatje...