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The Lost Salt Gift of Blood by Alistair MacLeod
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it was amazing

I wish I could give this book more than five stars. It's the best book of short stories I've read this year, by far. This is old school writing, where the author takes his time and establishes a mood and an atmosphere you can almost feel, taste, and touch. All the stories take place in the stark scenery of Cape Breton, which is on the Nova Scotia coast, and all the characters are miners, lighthouse keepers, fishermen, and farmers; all battling the harsh environment of the land they love and struggling with the elements, their families, and their destinies. Many of the stories are deeply moving in the way that watching the seasons change is moving. When you disengage from the present, zoom out on life and witness the small tragedies and quiet joys of others just scrambling to survive, it gives you a calm perspective on your own struggles, and this is what MacLeod accomplishes with these eleven short stories. It's almost as if he's showing the reader that ordinary people, beset by vicissitudes, can be seen as stouthearted and courageous.

"In Alistair MacLeod's short stories one encounters the narrator as son, brother, husband, but above all witness; embarked upon a life's enterprise of forging not the conscience of his race, but being the means by which its conscience is expressed." -Joyce Carol Oates

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November 29, 2015 – Finished Reading
December 1, 2015 – Shelved

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