Mavis Gallant’s “Its Image in the Mirror”

2017-07-14T16:50:04+00:00

At nearly one hundred pages long, it's unsurprising that this is the most complex of Mavis Gallant's stories I've read this year. It's neither the length nor the breadth of the story which complicates it, but the intricate arrangement of details, as readers are gradually immersed in the narration of

Mavis Gallant’s “Its Image in the Mirror” 2017-07-14T16:50:04+00:00

Mavis Gallant’s “Bernadette”

2017-07-14T15:29:31+00:00

Alice Munro's hired girls like to read too.In "Sunday Afternoon", Alva asks Mr. Gannett if she could borrow "King Lear" and, also, Stendhal's The Red and the Black. Mr. Gannett agrees to share his books with Alva, just as Mr. Montjoy gifts the young Alice with his copy of Seven Gothic Tales at the end of

Mavis Gallant’s “Bernadette” 2017-07-14T15:29:31+00:00

Mavis Gallant’s “The Legacy” (1954)

2017-07-24T18:10:57+00:00

Inheritance: a common literary theme. Here, Mrs. Boldescu has died, leaving behind four grown children and a family grocery shop on St. Eulalie Street in Montreal: “Rumania Fancy Groceries". Small shops in 1935, imagine "Rumania Family Groceries" on the signClick for source details Carol and Georgie are the older brothers, and

Mavis Gallant’s “The Legacy” (1954) 2017-07-24T18:10:57+00:00

Mavis Gallant’s “The Deceptions of Marie-Blanche”

2017-03-26T11:05:36+00:00

If the story were titled "Les Deceptions de Marie-Blanche", it might be translated as "The Disappointments of Marie-Blanche": an apt choice. San Francisco Earthquake, 1907 - Click for source details And, yet, as it stands, there is the added implication that Marie-Blanche has not only been disappointed by

Mavis Gallant’s “The Deceptions of Marie-Blanche” 2017-03-26T11:05:36+00:00

Late-Summer Reading: When and Where

2017-07-20T17:34:26+00:00

For the past couple of weeks, I have been listening to Joseph Boyden's Through Black Spruce on my daily walks. I was walking in full summer, listening to descriptions of winter in Moose Factory in Northern Ontario. The clusters of cloud in the story were from the exhaust of snowmobiles in

Late-Summer Reading: When and Where 2017-07-20T17:34:26+00:00