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جزیره

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  2,301 ratings  ·  275 reviews
داستان‌های دهه‌ی ۶۰ و ۷۰ میلادی

برای اینکه از جزیره‌تان بیرون بروید، اول باید از آب بگذرید و خیلی‌ها هستند که این کار را نمی‌کنند یا نمی‌خواهند که بکنند. اگر توی جزیره باشید، احساس تک‌افتادگی می‌کنید وحس می‌کنید با مردمی که ساکن خاک اصلی هستند متفاوتید، حتی اگر فقط چند مایل از خاک اصلی فاصله داشته باشید و بتوانید آن را ببینید.

آلیستِر مَک‌لاود در جزیرۀ کِیپ برِتونِ کانادا بز
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Paperback, 391 pages
Published March 2019 by بیدگل (first published September 1989)
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Fionnuala
Reviewed in 2012

Although 'Island’ is clearly fiction, I prefer to imagine this collection of stories as the portrait of a community and its history and traditions, as if Alastair MacLeod were in reality a social geographer in the mode of Henry Glassie and had collected these stories from the people of his community and then retold them in his own words. And I say ‘his’ community not only because I know he grew up on Cape Breton Island but also because of the love of the people, the animals, the
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John Winston
Nov 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you are a writer, and I know a lot of you are, or you just like beautifully written prose then this collection of short stories by Alistair MacLeod is for you. To the writer; MacLeod has way of combining the elements of writng: description, dialogue, action, etc into single passages, sometimes sentences. And he does this in a way that makes his prose extremely tight and fluid which moves his narratives forward in a cinematic fashion.

I read in an interview with MacLeod that he is meticulous a
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Jeanette (Again)
April 21, 2014: Rest in peace, Alistair MacLeod. Died April 20, 2014. I have been meaning to re-read this collection since I first read it almost six years ago. Now is a good time for me to do that, in memory of this extraordinary storyteller.

YOWZA, this guy can write! Holy prose, Batman!
4.5 stars for this beauty of a book.

This is a collection of sixteen stories, published between 1968 and 1999. All of the stories take place on or near the author's native Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. He writes wit
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Tony
May 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: top-10-2012, canadian
Alistair MacLeod is not prolific, just a novel and these collected short stories on his shelf. Sixteen stories spread over 31 years. Perhaps he takes every other year off or maybe he has a ‘real’ job. More likely, he anguishes over every sentence, treated like his own child, because the result is a kind of perfection. There is craftsmanship here such that you can really let the book fall open and randomly start to read any paragraph and just be overwhelmed with the lushness of the styling. You d ...more
Lyndon Walker
Nov 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
This is just a short but important note in relation to this book which I have read in the last year.
It simply contains the best writing I have read in the last year.
I was devastated to learn he (MacLeod) had recently died. It's like this has taken one of the top runners out of the Best Writing in The World Marathon out of contention. There is a novel. I am saving it for Christmas. If you have not read these stories please put them on your list. They are one of life's secret and ever giving rewar
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Alyson Hagy
Jun 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This collection is one of the best evocations of place and culture I've read. Cape Breton comes alive; the maritime provinces come alive; the complexities of Canadian white settlement are presented with grit. MacLeod is a master of physical description and the physicality of his characters. His fishermen and miners and hardscrabble farmers are unforgettable. For me, at least three of these stories--"The Boat," "Island," and "As Birds Bring Forth the Sun"--are masterpieces. His novel NO GREAT MIS ...more
Julie Christine
Beautiful and heartbreaking, many of these stories will stay with me for a long, long time. It took a while to read because I needed to take a break and breath, allow the images, characters and events to swirl and settle before I could move on.

The Vastness of the Dark, The Closing Down of Summer, Island, To Everything There is a Season, The Lost Salt Gift of Blood, Second Spring...although the themes of mining, farming, tradition, death, family repeat in the setting of Cape Breton, each story i
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Shane
Dec 19, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Macleods's redinditions of Cape Breton - from landscape to weather, to smells, sounds and attitudes. But I felt kind of boxed in (like the miners in his stories) in that narrow environment. All the stories seemed to hover around leaving the island and returning ad miners dying horrible deaths. I have put away the book at the halfway mark, looking for some variety elsewhere before I return to it. I get Cape bretton at the halfway mark - why do I need to go further? ...more
Jane Milton
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It’s rare I give 5 stars but these short stories are beautiful. He’s managed to capture the ancient, Celtic soul of the people of cape Breton. And perhaps the lonely souls of people everywhere. So wise of our relationships with nature, our selves, our parents and our past.

‘But yet it seems that all storms subside first into gusts and then into calm and perhaps without storms and gusts we might never have any calm, or perhaps having it we would not recognize it for what it is’
Andy Weston
Feb 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories, canada
Essential reading for lovers of Scottish or Canadian island life. McLeod is himself a Canadian of Scottish descent, as with many of the inhabitants of these 16 stories, with backgrounds on the Western Isles or in the Scottish Highlands.
The stories are in chronological order, set in a small area on the west coast of the Cape Breton peninsula, a beautiful, harsh land, where the struggle merely for shelter and food is enough to drive the young rising generations to Halifax, Toronto, and other town
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Catherine
Honestly, this should be a 3.5-star, but I couldn't bring myself to round up, just because of the amount of times the author made me uncomfortable with his fixation on male anatomy and sex.

That being said, this book is full of insecurities, dealing with change, the passage of time, tradition, and heritage. As someone born and raised in Nova Scotia with a strong Celtic background, this spoke to me in ways I wasn't expecting. Go back and read all of my updates for each short story if you want mor
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Cynthia
Oct 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
1968 The Boat SEA
Life’s dreams – sacrifice these for family.
Father: heavy smoking, voracious reader, light sleeper, disorderly room
Mother; taditional Cape Breton. Disdains disorder, books, childrens’ choice to leave Cape Breton and the sea
Son: Only boy. All kids love father and books. He comes to understand sacrifices father has made for family. Ultimate sacrifice. Narrator now a professor in MN, alone, heavy smoker

1971 The Vastness of the Dark MINING
18 year old leaving Cape Breton to be
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Nick Schroeder
Aug 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who loves good language in their reading
Recommended to Nick by: Katy L.
I read this this past summer due to a round-about recommendation from a friend. Loved the book then. Gave it five stars here but didn't write a review but did recommend it to my main book group which voted to read it for November.

Update: November 12, 2010 Started rereading this yesterday with pencil in hand to underline passages and write comments. This is a book where people and place and their way of life are inseparable. Cape Breton Island is the stage on which most of these stories take plac
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Adrian Stumpp
Here are sixteen of the best stories I have ever read. MacLeod ranks among the very best writers of the twentieth century from any country. I have heard him compared to Isaac Babel and John Cheever, both wonderful storytellers. MacLeod is better. He chronicles the lives of the rural Gaelic population of Cape Breton Island on the Atlantic coast of Canada. The world he has created is as exotic, alien, and enchanting as any fantasy realm. Cape Breton, however, really exists. Most of the stories tak ...more
Taka
Aug 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Exquisite, rich, evocative—

It took MacLeod a total of twenty years to finish the sixteen stories contained in this wonderful collection, and it shows. The prose is exquisitely wrought, with a formal but comforting lilt reminiscent of Faulkner and McCarthy in a way, and the stories—almost all of them—are extremely well-conceived and crafted. MacLeod doesn't rush, though; he doesn't just give you the quick excitement, the easy high, but feeds it to you slowly, as sumptuous meals ought to be fed, a
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Scot
Aug 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quite possibly the best collection of short stories I have ever read. I started this tome while on a two-month road trip in the Atlantic Provinces of Canada and slowly but surely let these beautiful stories wash over me, helping my soul connect with a people and a place in a way that very few authors are able to do. MacLeod spoke in the voice of the common people - the Scottish and Irish immigrants who came to Eastern Canada to escape famine and poverty only to seek to re-create the pastoral and ...more
Jackie
Feb 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: touching
Amazing amazing book of short stories. Bring you through a time and a place, through a lifetime, many lifetimes, to a people and a way of being that I'm sure most readers have never thought of before but can relate to nonetheless for the humanness of it.

The stories are in chronological order and you can see MacLeod becoming a better and better writer as the years pass.

His stories share slices of time that are also entire ways of being.

They are short stories but rely on none of the cheap tricks
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Marie
Nov 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These stories are beautifully written. The long descriptions of nature are so good that the plants and animals more engaging than the humans. I liked the challenge of working out what he was trying to say with these descriptions which was sometimes obvious but at other times more layered or mysterious. The characters are simply drawn. They don't say much but they say a lot. I love this but I'm left wondering how I am going to connect it for my students who have to use it for a creative writing s ...more
Michelle
Aug 24, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, shortstories
McLeod's writing is exquisite. From the first page where I fell in love with "only the grey corpses on the overflowing ashtray beside my bed bear witness to the extinction of the latest spark and silently await the crushing out of the most recent of their fellows" to the very last, I was hooked. Transported to the world of fishermen, island life, powerful fathers, immmovable mothers, the passing of time, uncontrollable weather, and heartbreak like the tides coming in and out of their lives, thi ...more
Alex
Mar 06, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
God, this was a slog. A dozen stories about grim miners, depressing fishermen and miserable farmers. If I have to read another description of some sad sack watching animals mate, I’m going to scream. Throw a joke in every hundred pages, for heaven’s sake.

Two stars because MacLeod obviously has a powerful affinity for the New England coast, but God knows I certainly don’t.

EDIT: I've subsequently docked a further star from the rating, having found myself thinking back to this book and resenting th
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Jaylia3
Beautifully written short stories set in Nova Scotia.
madeline ♡
hmmmm... a school read
Hannah
Dec 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-for-school
I'm not sure how I feel about this book. It was pleasant and relaxing to read a collection of short stories for a change, but I'm not sure how I feel as it has less of a storyline (as what I am used to). Some stories were interesting, and others were so bland that I fell asleep. The collection of short stories explore life in Nova Scotia and how the people live, which was interesting. It also shows changes to the lifestyle over time. Apart from these two things, I'm not sure if there was somethi ...more
Hannah Banks
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some really eloquent and lovely short stories in this collection. I don't often read short stories and if it wasn't for work I would not have read this but I actually did really enjoy most of the stories. I wouldn't recommend reading them all back to back but spreading them out they were really nice. They do have some very similar themes about life in Nova Scotia and just the bleakness of living in a fishing and mining region when the industries are changing. Lots of males reflecting on life and ...more
David
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just to explain my rating: this book comprises both of Alistair MacLeod's short story collections: 'The Lost Salt Gift of Blood' and 'As Birds Bring Forth the Sun' plus two later, previously uncollected stories. I'd give three stars to the first book, and an unreserved five stars to the second book and additional stories, hence I've gone with four stars for 'Island' as a whole. ...more
Liz Treacher
Dec 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literary-fiction
I would give this collection of short stories six stars if I could. Wonderful tales, evocative of a different time and place. I loved the tension between young and old, traditional and modern, man versus the elements. His evocation of hard work both on the land and underground is both powerful and moving.
Gail Newman
Jun 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-reading
Currently rereading these stories in anticipation of a trip to Cape Breton, Nova Scotia and PEI in a few weeks. MacLeod is a superb writer. Some of the stories are pretty dark, but then I suppose life was sometimes the same for the people living there and making a living in the mines or on the water.
Andrew Davis
Review: An exceptional collection of the quality short stories with poetic character makes this book a great pleasure to read. All the stories bring a reader closer to the beautiful part of the eastern edge of Canada, with its people, their customs and history. Truly a treat.
Notes:
- The Boat - a story of old fisherman and his son who decides to stay with his father till the end. They work together and eventually the father disappears one moment taken by the waves.
- The Vastness of the Dark - a s
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Conor McCarthy
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
MacLeod is a master and Nova Scotia is his muse. He captures all of her mystique and majesty, and conveys the history and yearning held in her stones.
Rade
Sep 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, owned
My Rating: 3.5

This was a nice collection of stories. I picked up this book for 79 cents at my local Salvation Army. I never heard of this Canadian writer but I picked it up since I enjoy reading short stories.

I am glad I got it. It is a collection of 16 stories that are published from late 60s to late 90s. All of the stories deal with following themes: maintaining family bond, maintaining family traditions, working at mines, fishing, keeping up with farming, speaking and singing in Gaelic langua
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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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