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Sinclair Ross.
Edited by Lorraine McMullen.

Ottawa, University of Ottawa Press, c1982.
137pp, paper, $6.00.
ISBN 2-7603-4342-1.

Grades 11 and up.
Reviewed by Walter Kalyn.

Volume 11 Number 2.
1983 March.

Although Sinclair Ross is best known for his stories of the Canadian Prairies during the Great Depression, this collection of his short stories displays some of the diversity of his themes. Primarily the orientation in most of these stories is rural or small town: the problems of farm wives or farm boys in school or in the army. Many of the stories deal with the less pleasant aspects of life such as marriage breakdown, misunderstandings between friends, alienation, and death. Several of these would be of interest to senior high school students, but stories such as "No Other Way" or "Nell" deal with more mature themes that are probably more suited to a post-secondary level. For the most part the stories are very well crafted and make for enjoyable reading. The weakest story by far, in my opinion, is "The Race," which leaves me wondering why it was chosen as the title story for this collection or why it was even included.

Recommended for high school libraries wherever courses in Canadian literature are taught. Teachers might consider stories such as "A Day With Pegasus," "Jug and Bottle," "Saturday Night," or "Spike" as selections appropriate for use as short story selections in English classes.

Walter Kalyn, Thorn C. I., Regina, SK.
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