No Great Mischief

by Alistair MacLeod

{ 2000 | W.W. Norton & Company | 288 pgs }

I must have read this late at night, because my memory of it seems very surreal and dreamlike. MacLeod’s novel is about a the generations of a Scottish clan living in Canada, though it centers on the family of its narrator, Alexander MacDonald. The writing is well-done, seamlessly combining references to the clan’s past in Scotland and Canada with the narrator’s own memories and experiences. However, the book was a little bit hard for me to get into, and in parts it seemed like I had missed some important element of the plot from earlier. When I finished reading, I felt detached, both from the story and from my own life.

I’d be interested to hear what you thought – so if you haven’t read it yet, get to it!


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