Remembrance by Alistair MacLeod

RemembranceRemembrance by Alistair MacLeod

My Goodreads rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was my first experience reading an Alistair MacLeod story, but it won’t be my last. It is somehow very satisfying to experience a well-written short story (hence the 5 stars). Somerset Maugham was a master at the genre, and so is Mr. McLeod if this, his last published work, is any indication.

Giving a synopsis of the story would give too much away, but it takes place on Remembrance Day, and the tone of the story is appropriately sombre.… Continue reading

New Brunswick: An Illustrated History by Ronald Rees

Being fairly new to New Brunswick (I moved here in 2008), I really didn’t know much about its history despite growing up only one province away in Ontario. I had visited here once before in the 80’s on a camping trip to the east coast, but other than that, NB was virtually unknown to me. Hence, I was on the lookout for a book on its past.… Continue reading

Bliss and Other Stories by Raymond Fraser

blissRaymond Fraser’s twelfth work of fiction is not a disappointment for his long-time readers. Released back in 2013 from Broken Jaw Press, I first tore through this book so fast that I decided to revisit it again since Mr. Fraser has a new book coming in April 2015.

“Bliss” contains 26 short stories, some of them barely a page long, but all are gems in their own way.… Continue reading

Watership Down by Richard Adams

Amazing read. I had started to read this book back when it came out in my high school years, but I rashly dismissed it as a children’s story (which, on the surface it is) and didn’t really care to read about talking rabbits. (Animal Farm is another matter; I rather enjoyed it.)
This is an adventure story very hard to put down, and when you do, you look forward to picking it up again.… Continue reading

Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington by Terry Teachout

I first discovered the existence of this book on the WBGO jazz website (http://www.wbgo.org/) and I am glad I did.
I had always wanted to read Ellington’s autobiography “Music is My Mistress” but never got a copy of it (yet). Just as well, for Mr. Teachout claims that Duke held back on a lot of things that make an autobiography a “must read”: personal insights, thoughts regarding his fellow musicians, family members, etc.… Continue reading