Yes, I know, I wander a lot in the world of books, I cannot help it. Today, however, I would like to take you by the hand and walk you through some of the fine minds my country, Canada, has ever produced lyrically. Come.
Mordecai Richler (January 27, 1931 – July 3, 2001)
One of Canada’s finest lyrical minds. Though born in Montreal (1931) with a strict Jew blood, defined faith, traditions, culture, and set a course for his own self-realization. Like the prodigal son, wandered through countries and continents. His critical view and graphical depiction of the tradition of the Jews and ways of life in Quebec though got international rave reviews, effectively cut him off from his roots. However hard he tried, the community and family background he tried to run away from, defined largely, his writing. Blood is thicker than water.
In his lifetime, he authored ten novels, a collection of short stories and essays. For his troubles, barring all controversies, he won a couple of awards.
Alice Munro ( 10 July 1931 till date)
What would you do if you were born in Ontario (southwestern) to a teacher and farmer in a little town with a nice landscape and you realized you came coupled with the gift of the gab? You write! That is what Alice Munro did. She weaves masterpieces of hundreds of her short stories from the little town landscape. Like William Faulkner, her literary works centers on Ontario Southern western Gothic, which is about a people of a particular region and their traditions. She is credited to have revolutionized the fine linen of short stories. Munro has won numerous awards and bagged the mother of them all in 2013 the Nobel Prize in Literature. She is the first Canadian to win this award.
Lucy Maud Montgomery (November 30, 1874 – April 24, 1942)
Sometimes, you come in touch with your lyrical muse and it shoots you, without apologies, into the international limelight. That was what happened to L. M. Montgomery with her first series of novels that started in 1908. This spurred her to greater heights and later gave birth to twenty novels, five hundred and thirty short stories, five hundred poems and thirty essays. She earned a national Honor, from the King, as an officer of the Order of the Empire(British) in 1935. She has an institute established as an honor to her and to study her works. Her home in prince Island was labeled a National icon and twice, a commemorative stamp has been designed in her honor.
Michael Ondaatje (12 September 1943 to date)
Though born a Sri Lankan, Michael Ondaatje in 1962 migrated to Canada and nationalized. In his is six novels and thirteen poetry. His 1992 novel won him the Booker Prize and has since been attuned to a film starring Ralph Fiennes and Juliette Binoche. His other works earned him Governor General’s Award
Margaret Atwood ( 18 November 1939 to date)
We cannot round off this review without the mention of the epitome of the feminine struggle to share on the same table with men of might. Warrior of a woman armed with nothing but a prolific mind and voracious quill. Dabbed with wit, dipped in wild words.