As Birds Bring Forth the Sun and Other Stories

As Birds Bring Forth the Sun and Other Stories am Ebook Lesenotizen zu den einzelnen StoriesTHE CLOSING DOWN OF SUMMERWie ein Schwarm Zugv gel sitzen sie da am Strand von Nova Scotia und warten auf

As Birds Bring Forth the Sun and Other Stories am Ebook Lesenotizen zu den einzelnen StoriesTHE CLOSING DOWN OF SUMMERWie ein Schwarm Zugvögel sitzen sie da, am Strand von Nova Scotia, und warten auf das Zeichen zum Abflug in Richtung Afrika: eine Gruppe von Minenarbeitern, aus der Zeit gefallen wie antike Schauspieler oder Mastodons, von der Ausrottung bedroht.Sie führen ein archaisches Leben, die Gesundheit fortwährend bedroht von Stolleneinstürzen, Steinschlägen oder Flutungen, den Großteil des Jahres weit entfernt von den Familien, vor allem aber entfremdet. So isoliert vom "normalen" Alltag, dass die Sprache kaum hinreicht, die persönlichen Erfahrungen auszutauschen und man ins Gälische zurückfällt, in die Sprache, die wenigstens innerhalb der Gruppe einen Zusammenhalt bietet, und fern der entfremdeten Hitparaden gälische Lieder singt:"Songs that are for the most part local and private and capable of losing almost all of their substance in translation".Der Story gelingt, woran der Erzähler kaum glauben mag: da wird etwas mitgeteilt, das sich dem Vorstellungsvermögen so sehr entzieht, dass es fraglich scheint, ob Worte die Kluft überbrücken können.Eine Wahnsinnserzählung, sprachlich unglaublich stark!WINTER DOGDer Erzähler wartet auf schlimme Nachrichten. Es ist Dezember und es schneit. Ein Nachbarshund, der mit den Kindern spielt, erinnert ihn an den Hund, der ihm als Kind das Leben gerettet hat. Doch davon hat er niemandem berichtet, und später wurde dieser Hund erschossen.Die Erzählung vibriert vor Kälte und Lebensbedrohung. Selten habe ich auf nur wenigen Seiten so intensiv über treibende Eisschollen gelesen. Selbst im Sommer möchte man die Heizung hochstellen. . The superbly crafted stories collected in Alistair MacLeod s As Birds Bring Forth the Sun and Other Stories depict men and women acting out their own peculiar mortality against the haunting landscape of Cape Breton Island In a voice at once elegiac and life affirming, MacLeod describes a vital present inhabited by the unquiet spirits of a Highland past, invoking memoryThe superbly crafted stories collected in Alistair MacLeod s As Birds Bring Forth the Sun and Other Stories depict men and women acting out their own peculiar mortality against the haunting landscape of Cape Breton Island In a voice at once elegiac and life affirming, MacLeod describes a vital present inhabited by the unquiet spirits of a Highland past, invoking memory and myth to celebrate the continuity of the generations even in the midst of unremitting change.His second collection, As Birds Bring Forth the Sun and Other Stories confirms MacLeod s international reputation as a storyteller of rare talent and inspiration.From the Trade Paperback edition.. Bestseller Books As Birds Bring Forth the Sun and Other Stories German review belowThis was an absolutely fantastic read, the writing is superb, at times breath-taking. The stories center around traditional life on Cape Breton Island, the force of nature and mortality.A huge thank-you to Amanda Center, on whose Booktube channel I discovered this little gem.Auf Cape Breton Island in der kanadischen Provinz Novia Scotia leben vorwiegend Nachfahren schottischer Auswanderer, die während der Highland Clearances aus dem schottischen Hochland vertrieben wurden. Dieses Erbe prägte die Kultur der Insel entscheidend, man sprach lange noch Gälisch, was sich heute vor allem noch in der reichen Musiktradition widerspiegelt. Der 2014 leider verstorbene Autor Alistair MacLeod, der auf Cape Breton Island aufwuchs, lässt die Traditionen und die Lebensweise der Insel in seinen Werken aufleben.Es kommt nicht häufig vor, dass ich gleich auf der allerersten Seite eines Buches zum Bleistift greife, um schöne Sätze zu unterstreichen. Dieses Buch ist so eines. Die Naturbeschreibungen von Alistair MacLeod kommen mit einer Wucht, einer unbändigen Kraft, die nahezu atemberaubend ist. Etwa die Beschreibung der Forellen in den fast ausgetrockneten Flüssen im Sommer:„They are very unlike the leaping, spirited trout of spring, battling and alive in the rushing, clear, cold water; so electrically filled with movement that it seems no parasite could ever lodge within their flesh.“ (Seite 7)Die kraftvolle Sprache ist jedoch keinesfalls auf Naturbeobachtungen beschränkt, sie tritt überall in Erscheinung, zieht sich durch das ganze Buch:„The music causes the hair to bristle on the backs of our necks and brings out the wildness of our grief and dredges the depths of our dense dark sorrow.“ (Seite 14)Ich kann mich nicht erinnern, wann ich zuletzt eine so eindrückliche Sprache genießen durfte. Thematisch beschäftigen sich die sieben Kurzgeschichten mit dem einfachen Leben auf der Insel, das durch Naturgewalten und den Kreislauf der Jahreszeiten geprägt ist, sowie den Traditionen, die weit in die Vergangenheit in Schottland zurückreichen. Die Geschichten sind dabei vor allem durch zwei zentrale Aspekte gekennzeichnet: Naturgewalten und Sterblichkeit bzw. Tod, letzterer auch im übertragenen Sinne bezogen auf das Aussterben der Traditionen, begleitet von einer wunderbaren Melancholie, die nie wehleidig wirkt, sondern nur bedauernd zur Kenntnis nimmt, dass die Zeiten sich ändern.In der sprachlich besonders eindrucksvollen ersten Geschichte, „The Closing Down of Summer“, geht es beispielsweise um die Männer, die in der traditionellen Bergbauindustrie der Insel arbeiten und jederzeit mit Tod oder zumindest Verletzungen rechnen müssen, ein Fakt, der die Mentalität der Familien prägt:„Yet we are not surprised or critical of each other, for she too is from a mining family and grew up largely on funds sent home by an absentee father. Perhaps we are but becoming our previous generation.“ (Seite 18)Doch auch diese Tradition stirbt aus, auch weil die Väter nicht anders können, als ihren Söhnen von einer solchen Karriere abzuraten:„And yet because it seems they will follow our advice instead of our lives, we will experience, in any future that is ours, only an increased sense of anguished isolation and an ironic feeling of confused bereavement.“ (Seite 23)Die Kurzgeschichten von Alistair MacLeod sind ein wunderschönes sprachliches Juwel, das ich euch wärmstens ans Herz legen möchte. Noch nie hat ein Werk dieses Genres mich so beeindruckt zurückgelassen.
As Birds Bring Forth the Sun and Other Stories New The superbly crafted stories collected in Alistair MacLeod s As Birds Bring Forth the Sun and Other Stories depict men and women acting out their own peculiar mortality against the haunting landscape of Cape Breton Island In a voice at once elegiac and life affirming, MacLeod describes a vital present inhabited by the unquiet spirits of a Highland past, invoking memory and myth to celebrate the As Birds Bring Forth the Sun and Other Stories by Alistair The superbly crafted stories collected in Alistair MacLeod s As Birds Bring Forth the Sun and Other Stories depict men and women acting out their own peculiar mortality against the haunting landscape of Cape Breton Island. As Birds Bring Forth the Sun and Other Stories by Alistair The superbly crafted stories collected in Alistair MacLeod s As Birds Bring Forth the Sun and Other Stories depict men and women acting out their own peculiar mortality against the haunting landscape of Cape Breton Island In a voice at once elegiac and life affirming, MacLeod describes a vital present inhabited by the unquiet spirits of a Highland past, invoking memory and myth to celebrate the As Birds Bring Forth the Sun Analysis eNotes As Birds Bring Forth the Sun introduces the reader to a multi generational family traumatized by the tragic death of a distant relative killed by the puppies of their great great grandfather s As Birds Bring Forth the Sun and Other Stories The superbly crafted stories collected in Alistair MacLeod s As Birds Bring Forth the Sun and Other Stories depict men and women acting out their own peculiar mortality against the haunting landscape of Cape Breton Island. As Birds Bring Forth the Sun and Other Stories As Birds Bring Forth the Sun and Other Stories is a collection of short stories by Canadian author Alistair MacLeod set predominantly in Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia and in Newfoundland It was originally published in All of its stories were later republished in Island. As Birds Bring Forth the Sun Summary eNotes As Birds Bring Forth the Sun by Alistair MacLeod is the story of a family curse The story begins by following a farmer fisherman who owns a big grey dog The man is very attached to this dog, Alistair MacLeod Short Story As Birds Bring Forth the Sun Sep , Alistair MacLeod Short Story As Birds Bring Forth the Sun September , I felt like it was time for another short story from Alistair MacLeod s Island collection, and thought it would be nice to find one appropriate for summer So I chose As Birds Bring Forth the Sun As Birds Bring Forth the Sun Characters eNotes As Birds Bring Forth the Sun is a story about how a gray old dog and its master generate a myth for the master s family The narrator does not mention the specific names of the characters. As Birds Bring Forth the Sun Themes eNotes One of the most prominent themes in the story As Birds Bring Forth the Sun is the ubiquity of superstition in the daily lives of the characters Superstitions and the supernatural are common

  1. When MacLeod was ten his family moved to a farm in Dunvegan, Inverness County on Nova Scotia s Cape Breton Island After completing high school, MacLeod attended teacher s college in Truro and then taught school He studied at St Francis Xavier University between 1957 and 1960 and graduated with a BA and B.Ed He then went on to receive his MA in 1961 from the University of New Brunswick and his PhD in 1968 from the University of Notre Dame A specialist in British literature of the nineteenth century, MacLeod taught English for three years at Indiana University before accepting a post in 1969 at the University of Windsor as professor of English and creative writing During the summer, his family resided in Cape Breton, where he spent part of his time writing in a cliff top cabin looking west towards Prince Edward Island.

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  1. Lesenotizen zu den einzelnen StoriesTHE CLOSING DOWN OF SUMMERWie ein Schwarm Zugv gel sitzen sie da, am Strand von Nova Scotia, und warten auf das Zeichen zum Abflug in Richtung Afrika eine Gruppe von Minenarbeitern, aus der Zeit gefallen wie antike Schauspieler oder Mastodons, von der Ausrottung bedroht.Sie f hren ein archaisches Leben, die Gesundheit fortw hrend bedroht von Stolleneinst rzen, Steinschl gen oder Flutungen, den Gro teil des Jahres weit entfernt von den Familien, vor allem aber [...]


  2. German review belowThis was an absolutely fantastic read, the writing is superb, at times breath taking The stories center around traditional life on Cape Breton Island, the force of nature and mortality.A huge thank you to Amanda Center, on whose Booktube channel I discovered this little gem.Auf Cape Breton Island in der kanadischen Provinz Novia Scotia leben vorwiegend Nachfahren schottischer Auswanderer, die w hrend der Highland Clearances aus dem schottischen Hochland vertrieben wurden Diese [...]


  3. The first story was amazing, absolutely wonderful in its quietness and brutality and mortality The next two were grand winter tales I will love rereading The rest of the stories didn t leave as good of impressions, but they all captured the hardworking, pastoral, Canadian life I will definitely be reading by this author


  4. Alistair Macleod was a complete and undeniable genius His two books of short stories are among the best things I have ever read I cannot single out any one story because they are all masterpieces in miniature I highly recommend this collection.


  5. 2.5 stars The writing was often poetic, and I appreciated the oral storytelling style and the desire to record a culture and disappearing way of life And yet somehow the stories didn t quite connect with me I m not sure why Maybe I just didn t feel I really entered into the experience and inner life of the characters But that s a purely personal evaluation, and I would still recommend the stories to others who might feel differently.


  6. In my mind, Alistair MacLeod is one of today s best writers He doesn t try to grab you with flashy techniques or weird storyline twists or profound social comment Rather, he s a storyteller, pure and simple This is a collection of some of his rare short stories that chronicle the lives of people in his native Nova Scotia They are beautifully crafted and moving in their simplicity If you enjoy a quiet, yet moving story, well told, I recommend anything written by Alistair MacLeod.


  7. Collection of short stories many of which are about mining and Cape Breton and have the same powerful creation of character and place as No Great Mischief The imminence of death seems to prevail everywhere and family connections are paramount I prefer MacLeod as a short story writer as things are tight and controlled whereas his novel seems to be wandering on occasions.



  8. This was a fantastic collection of short stories, that pulled me in from the start, and had me wanting to read it through in a sitting The first short story in this collection, The Closing Down of Summer, completely gripped me and pulled me in In fact, most of the stories in this story had me engrossed into the collection of stories There were many times, where I was completely lost in the stories The writing alone was good enough to make this collection be a great one, combined with some excell [...]


  9. I thoroughly enjoyed this I ve always wished this author wrote MacLeod tells stories about a people, their heritage, way of life and the land that is a part of them with love and always a tinge of melancholy And somehow it makes me long to know these people , to visit Cape Breton and to feel a kinship with them The language is simple and eloquent at the same time, with no wasted words and the descriptions which I can find onerous in novels drop you right into the heart of the story s time and p [...]


  10. A delightful collection of crisp charged stories about Canadian Scots living in the beautiful, rough farming fishing logging mining heck, just about any type of work that demanded hard labor and danger of the Cape Breton area of Nova Scotia Well written, almost memoirish, with a fondness that infuses the stories, seemingly holding up the mostly male characters as admirable, honest, hard working, hard suffering, proud people Description of life and land are wonderful The stories sometime meander, [...]


  11. Loved this book of short stories, although I m not usually a big short story person The characters came immediately to life and the pictures of life on the east coast were vivid The stories are very real life, often leading from one story and ending in another, and often involving very difficult lives, both for the people and for the animals that appear frequently But even though their lives were tough and sometimes filled with tragedy, I didn t find the book to be depressing Definitely worth a [...]


  12. I generally much prefer novels to short stories but these were beautifully written, and somewhat haunting Set against the landscape of Cape Breton the characters memories of life, change, loss, and the passing of generations are deeply poignant My book rating 9 stars



  13. Stunningly beautiful writing Do yourself a favor and read this book Slowly, while no one is bothering you Savor every word It s not very long, but it s very, very good.


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