As for Me and My House by Sinclair Ross“It’s an immense night out there, wheeling and windy. The lights on the street and in the houses against the black wetness, little unilluminating glints that might be painted on it. The town seems huddled together, cowering on a high tiny perch, afraid to move lest it topple into the wind.”
The town is Horizon, the setting of Sinclair Ross’ brilliant classic study of life in the Depression era. Hailed by critics as one of Canada’s great novels, As For Me and My House takes the form of a journal. The unnamed diarist, one of the most complex and arresting characters in contemporary fiction, explores the bittersweet nature of human relationships, of the unspoken bonds that tie people together, and the undercurrents of feeling that often tear them apart. Her chronicle creates an intense atmosphere, rich with observed detail and natural imagery.
As For Me and My House is a landmark work. It is essential reading for anyone who seeks to understand the scope and power of the Canadian novel.
Irony in One's a Heifer by Sinclair Ross
This section has stories where people feel an affinity to the outdoors, or nature features prominently in the action for good or bad. The setting is often an important part of the plot. Here are some stories that might interest an avid reader, or that might be suitable short stories for middle school kids. A man invents a machine that captures sound frequencies inaudible to humans and converts them. While his neighbor is gardening, he tries the machine in his yard and hears shrieks. A migrant farm worker takes frequent walks by himself.
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A GRAIN OF WHEAT
Sinclair Ross was born on a homestead near Shelbrooke in northern Saskatchewan in He dropped out of school after grade eleven to work in a bank. After working in many small-town bankds in Saskatchewan, he transferred to a bank in Winnipeg in In he puiblished his first novel, As for Me and My House. From until Ross served with the Canadian army in London, England. In he returned briefly to Winnipeg before settling in Montreal, where he continued in banking until his retirement in