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Sinclair Ross (1) (1908–1996)

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Born and reared on the prairies of Saskatchewan, Sinclair Ross has spent his life working in Canadian banks. It may have been these experiences that led him to write about the isolation of farm families and the hardships of farmers during the Depression---both of which lend his work an air of vis mere desolation. Introducing Sinclair's collection of short fiction The Lamp at Noon (1968), Margaret Laurence notes that, in the stories, "the farms stand far apart. . . . The human community is, for most of the time, reduced to its smallest unit, one family. The isolation is virtually complete." No matter how bleak the circumstances, however, the characters survive, even if they are often trapped between the poles of despair and hope. Ross has also published four novels, but his reputation rests on his first one, As for Me and My House (1941). Although it did not receive much attention when it appeared, it is now firmly established as a Canadian classic. Spare yet richly textured, the narrative recounts the relationship between a disillusioned minister and his wife, whose diary serves as the vehicle for the tale. A Whir of Gold (1970), concerned with city life in Canada, and Sawbones Memorial (1974), about Canadian small-town life, lack the power of the first book. Ross is considered one of the first Canadian writers to employ modernist techniques, such as a restricted third-person point of view, the unreliable narrator, and multiple points of view. A monument in his honour has been erected in Indian Head by Saskatchewan artists and readers with a bronze statue sculpted by Joe Fafard. In 1992, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada. He died in 1996 after battling Parkinson's Disease, and was buried in Indian Head. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre

Værker af Sinclair Ross

As For Me and My House (1941) 427 eksemplarer
The Lamp at Noon and Other Stories (1968) 61 eksemplarer
Sawbones Memorial (1974) 25 eksemplarer
Whir of Gold (1970) 9 eksemplarer
The Well (1657) 5 eksemplarer
The Painted Door 2 eksemplarer
The race and other stories (1978) 1 eksemplar

Associated Works

From Ink Lake: Canadian Stories (1990) — Bidragyder — 126 eksemplarer
The Oxford Book of Canadian Short Stories in English (1986) — Bidragyder — 111 eksemplarer
The New Oxford Book of Canadian Short Stories (1986) — Bidragyder — 72 eksemplarer
Great Canadian Short Stories (1971) — Bidragyder — 53 eksemplarer
Canadian Short Stories (1960) — Bidragyder — 44 eksemplarer
31 Stories (1960) — Bidragyder — 12 eksemplarer
The Painted Door [1984 film] — Original story — 1 eksemplar

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Fødselsdato
1908-01-22
Dødsdag
1996-02-29
Begravelsessted
Indian Head, Saskatchewan, Canada
Køn
male
Nationalitet
Canada
Fødested
Shellbrook, Saskatchewan, Canada
Dødssted
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Bopæl
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Montréal, Québec, Canada
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Malaga, Spain
Erhverv
banker
author
Organisationer
Canadian Army
Royal Bank of Canada (1924-68)
Priser og hædersbevisninger
Order of Canada (1992)
Kort biografi
James Sinclair Ross (January 22, 1908 - February 29, 1996) was a Canadian banker and author, best known for his fiction about life in the Canadian prairies.

Ross was born on a homestead near Shellbrook, Saskatchewan. At the age of seven, his parents separated, and he lived with his mother on a number of different farms during his childhood, going to a school in Indian Head, Saskatchewan. He left school after Grade 11 and in 1924 the sixteen-year-old Ross joined the Union Bank of Canada which became part of the Royal Bank of Canada a year later. At first he worked in a number of small towns in Saskatchewan then moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1933 and Montreal, Quebec in 1946, after spending four years in the Canadian Army during World War II. He would remain with the Royal Bank until his retirement in 1968, after which he spent some time in Spain and Greece before moving to a nursing home in Vancouver, British Columbia, where he lived until his death.

He is best known for his first novel, As For Me and My House (1941), set in an isolated town in the Prairies during the Great Depression. At first not much noticed, it went on to become a Canadian literary classic which set the precedent for the genre of Canadian prairie fiction. He wrote three more novels during his lifetime, as well as a few anthologies of short stories, none of which became as well-known as his first novel. He is known to have destroyed manuscripts of novels that his publisher rejected, including a sequel to Sawbones Memorial.

In 1992, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada. He died in 1996 after battling Parkinson's Disease, and was buried in Indian Head. At the end of his life, his homosexuality became public knowledge, thanks in large part to Keath Fraser's controversial 1997 biography As For Me and My Body: A Memoir of Sinclair Ross.[1]

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This is a short story. Maybe if it was longer and I was more invested in the characters, I would care more.

I was not impressed by this, it is probably because I just finished Ethan Frome and this is just not as good to me.

This is similar to Ethan Frome. It is winter and there is a love triangle.
 
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CaitlinDaugherty | 1 anden anmeldelse | Aug 28, 2023 |
This is a short story. Maybe if it was longer and I was more invested in the characters, I would care more.

I was not impressed by this, it is probably because I just finished Ethan Frome and this is just not as good to me.

This is similar to Ethan Frome. It is winter and there is a love triangle.
 
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CaitlinDaugherty | 1 anden anmeldelse | Aug 28, 2023 |
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mahallett | 9 andre anmeldelser | Jun 10, 2019 |
I loved this seemingly quiet book...a book which packs a lot of powerful emotions and life challenges. This is the story of Mrs. Bentley, told through her diary entries spanning just over a year. Her husband, Philip, is a minister in a small prairie town. He struggles with his faith, with his artistic dreams; she struggles with him...to be a better wife. Her whole purpose in life is him, while he treats her largely with indifference. This story shows how lonely life can be, how hard it can be to communicate honestly with someone else, or even with yourself. The imagery is beautifully written. Mrs. Bentley is a strong character whom we come to know well despite the detachment she tries to maintain in her journal entries. Amazing book.… (mere)
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