Tag Archives: Margaret Laurence

Weightlifting with T.C. Boyle’s Stories II

I started reading T.C. Boyle’s second huge anthology of short stories a couple of weeks ago, and I can’t stop. It’s ridiculous: I’m carrying around this 915-page, 5-pound volume with me everywhere in case I have a spare minute to … Continue reading

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Plainsong: Nancy Huston’s novel reminds me how I’m connected to Canada’s pioneers

Canadian-born writer Nancy Huston has long been one of my favourite writers, and while reading Plainsong (published in 1993) I was kicking myself for not reading it sooner. The novel is filled with compelling characters and history, and written with … Continue reading

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Summer reading: comparing Funny Boy with A Bird in the House

In my last post, I wrote about how swimming in lakes is, for me, an integral part of summer. So is reading. I remember, as a kid, trudging with my friends to the local library under the hot sun. Often … Continue reading

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