Home Schooling Paperback – Jul 4 2006
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Nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize 2006
"Home Schooling is nothing short of an exceptional collection of beautiiful words and resonant insights. Evey single story is worthy of reading, and once read, returned to, whether for ambience or intelligence of thought and language. Carol Windley's gift with narrative and images gives truly inspired meaning to the phrase 'creative writing.'" -- The Globe and Mail (The Globe and Mail)
"Home Schooling is nothing short of an exceptional collection of beautiiful words and resonant insights. Evey single story is worthy of reading, and once read, returned to, whether for ambience or intelligence of thought and language. Carol Windley's gift with narrative and images gives truly inspired meaning to the phrase 'creative writing.'" -- The Globe and Mail
From the Back Cover
This much-anticipated second collection of short stories by Carol Windley capters the shimmering, mutable light of the U.S. Pacific Northwest and Vancouver Island, wher a diverse and unforgetable group of caharacters confront sorrows and triumphs.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
I don't normally read short stories, they tend to feel very conscious of their limited space, and the characters are often empty names on pages to me. Home Schooling is nothing like that. Each story offers up, in beautiful, lyrical prose, intense details about the characters, their pasts, their issues, their relationships, yet nothing is crammed, none of the stories are full of junk - there's not a single wasted or irrelevant sentence.
There are common elements running through these stories - death and, in the least melodramatic sense, rebirth; love and loss; the transient essence of the landscape and the people occupying its space.
My favourite story? Too difficult. I loved "Home Schooling", where the landscape, so vividly portrayed, reminded me a little of the wild moors in Wuthering Heights. Annabel sees the ghosts of previous occupants, the two sisters, Jane and Freddy, who used to live in their big old house-come-school, and a famous actress, and imagines them conversing with each other, having tea together, giving advice.
I enjoyed "Felt Skies" for the minor character of Dr. Bergius, a lonely man who looks like Freud, who finally escapes medicine for his dream of owning a radio station. He hovers by Rachel's desk, chats up her mum, and reminisces about his own Mother and now-deceased wife Eva. Each character in these stories, whether likeable or not, is fully realised, with insights coming from the central characters' knowledge as well as through the characters themselves, as they betray their human traits.Read more ›
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
Her wording sparse. . . the moods created with precision. . . the characters hauntingly and beautifully portrayed. . . you will want to continue to re-read these stories and peel back the layers as you continue to discover the deeper psychologies Windley recreates within the human mind.
Something so raw and so human. . . so timely in our fragmented and seemingly disillusioned world. . . Home Schooling sums up a generation much like the Wasteland does for Eliot's lost generation.
Sit by the fire. . . or on your patio. . . and enjoy this collection many times through. You'll find yourself lending it to everyone you speak with, just so you can continue discussing beyond the last page!