Canadian novelist, short story writer and academic. Island alistair macleod pdf powerful and moving stories vividly evoke the beauty of Cape Breton Island’s rugged landscape and the resilient character of many of its inhabitants, the descendants of Scottish immigrants, who are haunted by ancestral memories and who struggle to reconcile the past and the present.
The novel also won several literary prizes including the 2001 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. When I pull it out like this,” he explained, “it becomes a novel, and when I compress it like this, it becomes this intense short story. They settled at Cape d’Or on the Bay of Fundy where it appears they leased farmland. In 1808, the parents with their seven daughters and two sons walked from Cape d’Or to Inverness County, Cape Breton, a distance of 362 kilometres, after hearing they could become landowners there.
He adds there were few roads at the time, so his great-great-great-grandparents followed the shoreline. His parents, whose first language was Gaelic, had migrated to Saskatchewan from Cape Breton to homestead during the Great Depression. He told a CBC Radio interviewer that as a student, he liked to read and write adding, “I was the kind of person who won the English prize in grade twelve.
To finance his university education, he worked summers drilling and blasting in mines in British Columbia, the Northwest Territories and, in the uranium mines of northern Ontario. At some point, he also worked at a logging camp on Vancouver Island rising rapidly through the ranks because he was physically able to climb the tallest trees and rig cables to their tops.