Going Ashore by Mavis Gallant
|July 20, 2010||Posted by Alison MacDonald under Canadian, Literature, Short stories, Uncategorized|
A joy to read. These short stories are delightful. And I say so not because they are lighthearted, but because they pick out the very things you yourself have tried to express and failed, so the reading is a personal catharsis.
Gallant takes the pent up words and unseen communication of a misunderstanding and places them on a page with such understanding it is as if you yourself have been heard and understood. Mingled with these deep character explorations are whimsical tales full of magic realism, absurd imagery, and existential themes.
I had read reviews of this book beforehand and I will add my cries to the vast praise that erupted with the publication of this collection. Her use of the genre is expert and the range of characters and settings is an escape for the reader.