Tuesday, October 04, 2005
42: Don't die, poor brown dog!
No Great Mischief is one of those books that's often knocking about in our shop, looking like a quality modern literary read, but not really exciting much interest among the punters (including me). However, since my trip to Nova Scotia I've been actively seeking to keep the spirit of Canada alive in me and so I sought out this story of Scottish immigrants and their experiences in the land across the water.
It's a beautiful book, dealing with a wide range of subjects including family, oral history, dogs, cars, racism, the decline of the agrarian way of life, the camaraderie of men who do impossible jobs, the borders between countries old and new, and the dangers of alcoholism.
And it has a bit with a brown dog that caught me completely by surprise and made me cry on the train on the way into work one morning.
I will certainly be reading more of Mr. McLeod's work.
Posted Oct. 04 2005, at 12:03 AM
I don't remember any of that and I have that book and that edition (wot you have on blog). very annoying will have to read it again.
Am reading the Deptford Trilogy at present. Early twentieth century Canada. Very funny, and very very illuminating about the Canadian soul.
Posted by Queenie on Oct. 04 2005, at 4:54 PM Delete
Is that Robertson Davies? Those books come into the shop a lot too. Must look out for them.
Posted by perfectlycromulent on Oct. 04 2005, at 4:59 PM Delete