The Lamp at Noon and Other Stories

The Lamp at Noon and Other Stories

Book - 1988
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Sinclair Ross' 1941 novel As For Me and My House is a masterpiece of Canadian literature, a stunning evocation of the Prairies and their inhabitants during the Depression of the Thirties. With The Lamp at Noon and Other Stories , an original New Canadian Library collection, Ross reveals further dimensions of his fictional universe.

A woman's impulsive infidelity leads to tragedy. A sudden hailstorm destroys hope. A boy learns to conquer a beautiful wild horse. A little girl dreams about a circus. Against the isolated, haunting landscapes of summer droughts and winter blizzards, the men and women of Ross' stories grapple with fate against almost impossible odds. Marked by a legacy of pride that will not suffer defeat, Ross' unyielding characters are cut off from their loved ones by obstinacy and defiance. Their tragedy is not that they suffer, but that they suffer alone.

The sensitivity, compassion, and subtlety with which Ross portrays human aspirations and failings remain to this day unequalled in Canadian fiction.
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland and Stewart, 1988, c1968
ISBN: 9780771099960
Branch Call Number: ROS
Characteristics: 135 p. ;,18 cm


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May 26, 2018

This is a consistently excellent set of stories - I cannot choose a favorite. The descriptive writing is among the best there could be; they are for the most part not very strong on plot but gain their through the display of themes. The book was published when he was 60 years old: his third book, and he retired from a bank job the same year. I can only imagine that he 'fell between two seats' as they say - he ended up a failed writer and a failed man too. To maintain his regular job he must have had to sacrifice his writing and as a result wrote little although he wrote very well, and he accomplished nothing important in the regular job.

Jun 28, 2017

These stories paint a compelling picture of the difficulties of life on the Prairies during the Depression. Highly recommend to those who appreciate descriptive prose and this style of Canadiana writing.

Jun 01, 2017

The Painted Door is one short story that I will never forget!

Jul 24, 2012

LOVE the writing of Sinclair Ross. Descriptive so I can almost see it, utterly crushing in the work ethic of the characters, the hardscrabble survival, the strain in the personal relationships, big endings too. Has helped me weep. Excellent.

Jan 10, 2011

Lasting, short, good but unhappy tales from a time and place long gone. Most, if not all, of these catastrophes have multiple layers.

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