Alistair MacLeod – The Closing Down of Summer.docx

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University of Toronto St. George
Woodsworth College Courses
Sarah Caskey

Alistair MacLeodThe Closing Down of SummerMacLeodBorn in Saskatchewan relocated to Cape Breton and worked a variety of jobsBecame a teacher and began to publish his own short fiction in small publication in the US and Canada Most often writes on the traditional life of small maritime communities and past of his writing is about the fear of losing the tradition and historyBelieved stories existed before literacy and thus considered himself a storyteller The Closing Down of Summervoice of an old miner who with his longtime crew is awaiting his next and possibly last journey into the depths of the earthoMany connections made by the narratoroEnd of summeroEnd of this timeoEnd of culture in which the narrator is bornThe closing down of summer is evocativeoEnd of a seasonsoStory about endings and lossesoSummer is season of joy the fact that it is closing down suggests something bad or menacingoFor these miners the end
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