Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Sinclair Ross

In a previous post I wrote about Canadian short story author, Alistair MacLeod. I mentioned that I find Canadian authors to write with depth. Here is another author who fits the bill. (James) Sinclair Ross, a Canadian banker and author is known for his fiction about life on the Canadian prairies. Ross did write novels, but it is his short stories that I enjoy the most.

Ross's stories that I enjoy the most are "The Painted Door" and "The Lamp at Noon." In each of these stories, the harsh prairie environment is an important character that drives the stories as much as the 'human' characters' responses to the environment and each other. While the stories are tragic, there is beauty in their realism and in the fact that they aren't of fairy tale quality.

A monument in Ross' honour has been erected in Indian Head (where he attended school) by Saskatchewan artists and readers with a bronze statue sculpted by Joe Fafard.

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