By A Frozen River

By A Frozen River

The Short Stories of Norman Levine

Book - 2000
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This collection of short stories comes from one of Canada's most celebrated authors. Norman Levine has been publishing fiction for the last 25 years. His stories have an international reputation and have been published and translated all over the world. Norman Levine has long been established as one of Canada's best-known short story writers. His signature use of sparse prose and poetic language has lifted the art of short story writing to a higher form. Norman Levine's stories have been translated in various languages throughout the world and have appeared in a wide variety of literary journals and magazines. By a Frozen River centers on the life of a Canadian writer living abroad who relives his youth through trips back to Canada and visits from various Canadian relatives. The narrator of these stories effortlessly recalls his past and the reader participates with pleasure in these journeys, sharing experiences of fulfillment, disappointment and nostalgia. One doesn't easily leave Levine's stories behind. As the narrator of "Champagne Barn" says in the concluding line: "I would carry that sound with me long after I left."
Publisher: c2000.
ISBN: 9780886194031
Branch Call Number: FIC Levin


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Mar 30, 2018

Recently I heard a radio news report about an aspiring writer in Sioux Falls, Idaho, who discovered inspiration in the customer waiting room while having the tires replaced on her car. She returned to the garage with the car's of family and friends in order to continue the writing spurt. It's too bad that Norman Levine apparently never stumbled on a similar muse. His spare and flowing style of writing reminded me of the writing of Doris Lessing so I found it interesting that Levine mentioned Lessing in a story in this collection.

Jan 31, 2018

This is a collection of short stories by Levine. The background to the stories is a tad dated - well over half a century ago. So some of the cities' landscape and culture have changed. This is an easy read as the writer's sentence and paragraph structure is fairly straight forward. Some stories are more interesting than the others. Worth a look for me.

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