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No Great Mischief de Alistair MacLeod
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No Great Mischief (1999 original; edició 2006)

de Alistair MacLeod

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Alistair MacLeod musters all of the skill and grace that have won him an international following to give us No Great Mischief, the story of a fiercely loyal family and the tradition that drives it.Generations after their forebears went into exile, the MacDonalds still face seemingly unmitigated hardships and cruelties of life. Alexander, orphaned as a child by a horrific tragedy, has nevertheless gained some success in the world. Even his older brother, Calum, a nearly destitute alcoholic living on Toronto's skid row, has been scarred by another tragedy. But, like all his clansman, Alexander is sustained by a family history that seems to run through his veins. And through these lovingly recounted stories-wildly comic or heartbreakingly tragic-we discover the hope against hope upon which every family must sometimes rely.… (més)
Membre:Sage.E.Page
Títol:No Great Mischief
Autors:Alistair MacLeod
Informació:Vintage Books (2006), Paperback, 262 pages
Col·leccions:2015
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Had never heard of this book till a friend said it was her favourite read ever...I see what she means.
A 50-something dentist goes to visit his alcoholic brother in an insalubrious Toronto boarding house. In succeeding chapters, he recalls incidents in their shared life. Moving back and forth through time...a conversation here, an event there....going back even further to the family mythology of their first Scottish forebears to migrate to Canada...this is the most tremendously moving novel.
The thing that stood out for me was how the writing is SO superb that he can wring your heart, even for characters who have barely appeared. Brother Colin is hardly mentioned until...an event occurs....yet that doesnt stop the reader being completely caught up in the trauma. Subsequent references to him just add to it.
Although a family memoir, Macleod is also aware of the experience of immigrants...from the Mexican fruit-pickers to the Vietnamese facing US aggression and the Masai...encountered on an African holiday...being pushed out. He links these to his own family, fleeing the problems in Scotland for more difficulties in the harsh new life. The first Highland soldiers, serving under a sceptical General Wolfe, were seen as without value, it being, in his view, "no great mischief if they fall". And as the Gaelic-speaking clan in Canada come to face death, jail, violence,antipathy, maybe they feel the modern world views them similarly.
One of best books I've ever read. Got it from library but will order my own copy to keep..Superb writing. ( )
  starbox | Jun 8, 2021 |
No Great Mischief comes from a letter from General Wolfe about the Highlanders fighting with him to take Quebec. The full quote is "no great mischief if they fall" as he didn't regard the Scots highly. The book by Alistair MacLeod tells the story of a MacDonald family branch that comes to Cape Breton to settle. Living off the land and sea, it is a hard life. They follow their customs, speak Gaelic, and play the music of the Highlands.
Alexander MacDonald is a twin with his sister who are the youngest of a family that undergoes a terrible tragedy. Raised by his grandparents, he tells the story of his family with frequent flashbacks from his current life as a well-to-do dentist.
It is a story about family and tradition. There's a quote repeated throughout the book: 'All of us are better when we're loved.' No matter their difficulties, these people stuck together through good times and bad.
Mr. MacLeod's writing is lovely. He has a style of writing much like a tone poem. Each paragraph is a new painting set before the reader to savor and absorb. I'm usually a fast reader, but I found myself taking my time through this story, sometimes only reading a page and putting the book aside, the better to reflect.
One of the classics of Canadian literature, No Great Mischief is a book to be cherished and reread. ( )
  N.W.Moors | Oct 23, 2018 |
A beautiful book about a family in/from the Canadian Maritimes, their hard lives, their loves and the land itself. This man can WRITE! Every sentence is a poem. You feel what they feel, smell what they smell and love what/who they love! ( )
  Rdra1962 | Aug 1, 2018 |
Wow, what a great book this was. I am still processing parts of it so I will leave my final comments until after my book club has discussed it. My initial thoughts are that MacLeod must have had a very interesting family life himself to be able to write something like this. It made me wish I knew more of my family history but I never heard any stories beyond my grandparents' generation. I think there must be something about that Celtic blood that connects people with their roots.

I also found the relationships between the people and their animals interesting. I can just see that little brown dog swimming out to the boat as it was leaving Scotland. Then there was the other dog who guarded the lighthouse island after calamity claimed the parents and one brother. Calum had his devoted Christy who pulled his boat up above the waterline every evening. And there was even a mention of a cat that was thrown out of a car that was saved by the brothers and brought home to Cape Breton. There can't be much wrong with a family that cares for animals like that!

Until I read some of the comments on line about this book I didn't realize how few names of the family were actually given. Only Calum and Alexander had their names explicitly mentioned and of course those names are held by multiple people. I'll be interested to see what my book club thinks of that. ( )
  gypsysmom | Aug 10, 2017 |
Totally my cup of tea - Cape Breton family, clannish, told from the pov of an adult remembering his childhood, the loss of his parents, his grandparents, and older brothers. Really really beautiful novel.

I had to read the ending about 3 times. Perfect stuff. ( )
  laurenbufferd | Nov 14, 2016 |
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He does not take readers to as many different places and psyches as his country's very best writer, Alice Munro, but he indelibly renders a Cape Breton we are never likely to visit -- a terrain where the ''dog days'' are the coldest, not the muggiest, and where the ocean wind has forced enough sand into the trees that ''when the saw passed through them in the early darkness of the fall and winter evenings, streaks of blue and orange flame shot from them.''
 

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Alistair MacLeod musters all of the skill and grace that have won him an international following to give us No Great Mischief, the story of a fiercely loyal family and the tradition that drives it.Generations after their forebears went into exile, the MacDonalds still face seemingly unmitigated hardships and cruelties of life. Alexander, orphaned as a child by a horrific tragedy, has nevertheless gained some success in the world. Even his older brother, Calum, a nearly destitute alcoholic living on Toronto's skid row, has been scarred by another tragedy. But, like all his clansman, Alexander is sustained by a family history that seems to run through his veins. And through these lovingly recounted stories-wildly comic or heartbreakingly tragic-we discover the hope against hope upon which every family must sometimes rely.

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