Never a Hymn to Hear

Posted August 11, 2018 7:20 pm by Peter Tapsak

Never a Hymn to Hear

Never a Hymn to Hear
I have just finished reading the only novel, but a very fine one, by Nova Scotia’s favorite son, Alistair Macleod, called No Great Mischief. He wrote it in his old age, after a career of writing sparely and rarely, in the genre of the short story. Macleod’s heart was in the rugged hills and coasts of Cape Breton, where he lived when he was a boy, and whose hard-working and hard-drinking and wilderness-braving people he loved dearly. He contrasts them with citizens of the modern and strangely unreal city of Toronto, where nobody knows anybody else,

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