Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book. One of the men, Archie MacNeil, has left his wife and young son behind to try his luck as a prize fighter in the United States.
Aug 15, Kereesa rated it liked it Recommends it for: Not unless you really want to. Alan is the son of Mollie and Archie MacNeil, and lives with his mother, listening to her stories of the great work his father is doing in the states as a prize fighter.
Daniel Ainslie is the town's doctor, without a son, craving for a purpose, an attainable goal in life, when he mee Set in s Cape Breton, Each Man's Son is a story of fathers, religion, and purpose in a world and town overcome by the demands of the coal mine that is slowly leaching the life of the people forced to work there.
Daniel Ainslie is the town's doctor, without a son, craving for a purpose, an attainable goal in life, when he meets Alan. Their relationship, and the growing need in Ainslie to have something to dedicate his life to leads to tragedy as MacLennan's Homeric hero journeys back to his home, only to find out the imaginings he had of the life he left are now gone.
Each Man's Son was one of the books we had to read in my English Literature seminar class this year, as well as being the novel I had to do a presentation on. As a piece of literature and I'm speaking in the academic sense hereEach Man's Son is a brilliant composition of thematic moments, and examples of the Puritanical legacy that survived and possibly survives in Highlander Cape Breton.
As a novel, it is still enjoyable with a compelling plot, good, solidly-built characters and nice prose, but it is, however, absolutely depressing. Or as my friend, Victoria so eloquently put it: Depressing Cape Breton is depressing.
Take that as a warning should you decide to read this novel. There are no unicorns or happy things, so please pack your reading list with happy things after finishing this one.
If you're forced to read this novel, like my class and I so horribly were: I suggest a funny shojo to bring you back to life. So the plot throughout this novel is both unexpectedly uneventful, and pretty dull. And what I mean by that is that most of the plot is just there for character development.
Much like the town the novel centers in, the plot is slow-moving and focuses on those day-to-day aspects of real life, allowing the reader to fully immerse themselves in the relationships and inner working of Mollie, Alan, Ainslie, Archie and Margaret. Near the very end of the story is where these small steps we've seen throughout the novel finally come to a head, and frankly make themselves useful with the fun depressing ending I won't go into because hey, if you actually read this book, it'll be worthwhile for me NOT to spoil it for you: P The characters are a nice bunch of angst while quite a bit of downtrodden.
Ainslie, pretty much the main character, is perhaps the most interesting of the bunch because his character is so complex and full of all those fun little things this book is about. He's religiously guilt-ridden, has no purpose, and fully believes he's full of sin. At the same time, however, Ainslie, due to his profession as a doctor, is fully incapable of reconciling his scientific side with his fervent, even though he denies it belief in God.
Ainslie's incapability to accept himself, and the duality of both his technology and spiritual sides, is what is at the heart of this novel, and is ultimately what causes at least a portion anyway the tragic events we see at the end of the book. Alan is very much at contrast to Ainslie throughout the novel in that he remains not only an innocent character, but isn't tainted by either the place or the people of the town he lives in like Ainslie is.Faith and Fiction: A Theological Critique of the Narrative Strategies of Hugh MacLennan and Morley Callaghan is a significant contribution to the relatively new field studying the relation between religion and literature in Canada.
In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS Books by Hugh MacLennan BR Barometer Rising CC Cross-Country EM Each Man's Son OS The Other Side of Hugh MacLennan P The Precipice RS Return of the Sphinx SR Scotchman's Return and Other Essays TT Thirty and Three.
In Each Man's Son, his fourth novel, Hugh MacLennan returns to his native Cape Breton to present life in a small mining community. Dr. Daniel Ainslie, who ministers to the rough miners, yearns for a son, which he can never have.
England Location of death: Stratford-upon-Avon. sources used by Shakespeare Macbeth study guide contains a a personal experience as a teacher in an orphanage in haiti biography of William A summary of each mans son a novel by hugh maclennan Shakespeare.
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