Mavis Gallant’s “The Old Friends”

2018-05-15T09:43:25+00:00

There is not so much sadness in this story. And, dessert is served. But there is nothing sugary about the relationship between Helena and the police commissioner. Even though they have been "friends forever". "On a silver dish, and on still another pink cloth, this one embroidered, are wedges

Mavis Gallant’s “The Old Friends” 2018-05-15T09:43:25+00:00

Spring 2018: Quarterly Stories

2018-03-22T12:05:18+00:00

Endicott, Manto, King, Bruneau and Lispector Short Stories in January, February and March Whether in a dedicated collection or a magazine, these stories capture a variety of reading moods. This quarter, I returned to two favourite writers and also explored three new-to-me story writers.

Spring 2018: Quarterly Stories 2018-03-22T12:05:18+00:00

A Presence Beyond the Page

2018-03-22T14:03:25+00:00

Sometimes the body count in my reading is high. Of late, the un-body count has been rising. I noticed the presence in W. G. Sebald, when I began reading Austerlitz (2001; Translated from the German, 2011) earlier this year. In the photographs which accompany his narrative, there are no

A Presence Beyond the Page 2018-03-22T14:03:25+00:00

Iris Murdoch’s Under the Net (1954) and The Sandcastle (1957)

2018-01-29T17:02:50+00:00

The winter months are good reading months for me, especially when snug indoors with a view of the snowy cityscape. I've been reading more than I've been reviewing here, so here's a peek into the recent stacks. Iris Murdoch’s Under the Net (1954) and The Sandcastle (1957) were read with

Iris Murdoch’s Under the Net (1954) and The Sandcastle (1957) 2018-01-29T17:02:50+00:00

Mavis Gallant’s “Madeline’s Bithday” (1951)

2018-01-23T14:39:25+00:00

In “Madeline’s Birthday”, the sadness slips to the background, like it does in an Elizabeth Taylor story, with a hint of darkness besides. Madeline is a guest in the Tracy family’s summer home, and her seventeenth birthday affects every resident. Readers briefly inhabit the perspective of most inhabitants (even

Mavis Gallant’s “Madeline’s Bithday” (1951) 2018-01-23T14:39:25+00:00