Wednesday, May 23

Book Review: Stones

Title: Stones

Author: Timothy Findley

Pages: 159

Summary: Against a vivid terrain of images, Findley continues his exploration of the many diverse and destructive acts played out on the personal battlegrounds on which we live our daily lives.
From the realities of contemporary relationships to a fantastic vision of urban life, from social comment to the deeply personal, Stones is a powerful collection of stories from one of Canada's best-loved writers.

The Stories   
Bragg and Minna
A Gift of Mercy
The Sky
The Name's the Same 
Real Life Writes Real Bad 
Almeyer's Mother 

My Rating: 8.5/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: This was my second short story collection by the author, and I have to say that I enjoyed this one a lot. Findley does a wonderful job at capturing the lives of the people in the stories, focusing on details such as relationship issues, mental illness, same-sex relationships and the struggles that come with all of them. Despite the fact they were short stories, for the most part, it felt like the stories were told in full and managed to be complex in content. Rarely in this collection did I feel that the story was left unfinished.  Stones was by far my favourite of the collection, but Dreams was also a good story, very odd and unusual, but a good story nonetheless.

The writing in the collection is at par with some of his novels, and he seemed to take great care in writing the story and bring his voice through on topics important to him. Same-sex relationships and mental illness were reoccurring themes in the collection, and he did a wonderful job at bring these topics to the surface. Another wonderful read by yet another author who has been added to my must read everything list.
Would I recommend it to read: I would, this was a great collection by the author, and not a bad place to start if you haven't read anything by the author yet.

What to read next: The Piano Man's Daughter, Dust to Dust


  1. I need my short stories to have a lot of meat in them, and it sounds like this collection has that in spades. I am so glad to have read this post, as this book is one I have never seen covered before, and it would have been a shame for me to have missed out on it. Wonderful review on this one!

    1. These do have a lot of meat to them. Findley is a very observant writer, on social structure and influences on people, and it comes through in this collection.

  2. I just love his short stories, but I hardly remember any of them from this collection, so clearly it's time for a re-read!

    1. I haven't decided if I enjoy his novels more or his short stories, I'll have to read more of his novels and see. But this was an good collection. And this is one I'd re-read my self at some point in the future.