February 2019, In My Bookbag

2019-03-20T07:38:54-05:00

In which I read, while sitting in a café, in a library and in various TTC stations. While longer volumes, like Charles Palliser’s The Quincunx and Andrew Miller’s Now We Shall Be Entirely Free, stay at home. Charles Quimper’s In Every Wave (2017; Trans. Guil Lefebvre, 2018) Narrated by

February 2019, In My Bookbag2019-03-20T07:38:54-05:00

Quarterly Stories: Winter 2018

2019-03-20T14:18:02-05:00

Faust, Gallant, Hawley, Madsen and Ross Short Stories in October, November and December "It was a long time - a long time watching him the way you watch a finger tightening slowly in the trigger of a gun – and then suddenly wrenching himself to action

Quarterly Stories: Winter 20182019-03-20T14:18:02-05:00

Mavis Gallant’s “His Mother” (1973)

2018-12-18T15:14:34-05:00

Mavis Gallant’s first sentences are clear and purposeful: they orient readers and offer a glimpse of the story’s tone. “His mother had come of age in the war and then seemed to live a long greyness like a spun-out November.” Another remarkable aspect of her craft is the way

Mavis Gallant’s “His Mother” (1973)2018-12-18T15:14:34-05:00

In Other Reading

2018-12-03T17:18:46-05:00

Much of September and October were occupied by reading books which appeared on prizelists and a few which I thought might appear there. Most of these I’ve already discussed (a quick way to locate them is through my Autumn 2018 Prizelists and Events page, which collects the relevant posts

In Other Reading2018-12-03T17:18:46-05:00

Mavis Gallant’s “The Remission” (1979)

2018-11-17T17:23:59-05:00

Here, Eric inhabits a room like Carmela’s in “The Four Seasons”, in the Unwins’ home: the kind “assigned to someone’s hapless, helpless paid companions, who would have marvelled at the thought of its lending shelter to a dying man”. And Eric is dying, like the father in “The End

Mavis Gallant’s “The Remission” (1979)2018-11-17T17:23:59-05:00