- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Emblem Editions; 1 edition (Jan. 25 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0771055706
- ISBN-13: 978-0771055706
- Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.8 x 20.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 222 g
- Average Customer Review: 49 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #49,309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
No Great Mischief Paperback – Jan 25 2001
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“MacLeod is MacLeod, the greatest living Canadian writer and one of the most distinguished writers in the world. No Great Mischief is the book of the year – and of this decade. It is a once-in-a-lifetime masterpiece.”
–Globe and Mail
“No Great Mischief is one of the best Canadian novels I’ve read in years. It’s a tale of truth about people who care for one another and for the living world around them. A lament and a celebration, it will endure.”
“This is a simply great novel. The simplicity lies in the device of the plot. The greatness lies in its scope, imagination, and execution.…His message beguiles, his prose captivates, and his narrative never loosens a deceptively gentle grip.”
“You will find scenes from this majestic novel burned into your mind forever.”
“A triumph of fiction.…[MacLeod’s] storytelling is taut and lucid. His characters possess strength and depth. They linger in your mind.”
–The Economist (U.K.)
“[A] mesmerizing, evocative story, infused with grace and wisdom.”
–Jury Citation, Trillium Award
“A powerful, intricate work.…”
“MacLeod’s world of Cape Breton…has become a permanent part of my own inner library.”
–New York Times Book Review
“No Great Mischief feels like a book that’s gone deep and means to stay.”
–Quill & Quire (starred review)
“A masterpiece of storytelling.”
–Time Out (London)
“This book is a jewel.…Destined to become one of the most memorable Canadian novels of the decade.…”
“A haunting and beautiful book.…MacLeod’s descriptions are remarkable.”
“No Great Mischief is a lesson in the art of storytelling.”
–Times Literary Supplement
“The work speaks of great loves…and tragic losses that will move readers in every corner of the world.”
“A robust novel, celebrating all of the joys and tragedies life has to offer.”
“MacLeod’s world, hard and real, has also the feel of resonant myth about it, enduring truths couched in pellucid prose.”
“A great, hauntingly beautiful and enduring book.”
“Few readers will fail to be moved by No Great Mischief.”
“[MacLeod’s] writing is of a quality that most writers can only dream of achieving.”
“The book is pervaded by humour and colour, intensely vivid, and very, very moving.”
The Independent (U.K.)
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Alexander MacDonald guides us through his family's mythic past as he recollects the heroic stories of his people: loggers, miners, drinkers, adventurers; men forever in exile, forever linked to their clan. There is the legendary patriarch who left the Scottish Highlands in 1779 and resettled in "the land of trees," where his descendents became a separate Nova Scotia clan. There is the team of brothers and cousins, expert miners in demand around the world for their dangerous skills. And there is Alexander and his twin sister, who have left Cape Breton and prospered, yet are haunted by the past. Elegiac, hypnotic, by turns joyful and sad, "No Great Mischief is a spellbinding story of family, loyalty, exile, and of the blood ties that bind us, generations later, to the land from which our ancestors came.See all Product description
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It is really beautiful writing, with many haunting scenes that stay with you. I don't know, I am finding it hard to articulate in a few lines what it is about. Suffice to say that the book really moved me and I won't soon forget it.
a few times. I was continuously astounded at how this man could write this kind of story , in such detail,and make us feel it was his own life. The story was "alive." He will be sorely missed by so many.
Must admit I purchased it because the author had recently died and I
was anxious to see just how good his writing was. I wasn't disappointed as
it is a lovely family story.
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