Matters of Life and Death (2nd Edition) (ebook) - John Wyatt | The Good Book CompanyAny book of stories from Bernard MacLaverty is a cause for celebration, but Matters of Life and Death is more than that, as it is - without question - one of the finest contemporary examples of the short story as a genre. Beginning with the sudden, nauseating terror of a family caught up in an explosion of shocking sectarian violence and ending with the white-out of an Iowa blizzard and a different kind of fear, Matters of Life and Death is a book about bonds and connections, made and broken, secret and known. Vivid, beautifully controlled and written with effortless skill and empathy, these stories are object lessons in the art of short fiction. MacLaverty writes with consumamte skill This is a book to cherish and one to read and re-read with pleasure in the skilful craft of its composition".
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If there is something distinctive about Irish short stories, it may be the fact that people die in them. You would not think there was enough space, in a few thousand words, to fit a corpse, but that is no great problem to an Irish writer, who comes from a country where people seem to die with greater frequency than anywhere else - which is to say, at least once each. Bernard MacLaverty is doubly cursed, or blessed, by growing up in Belfast, a city where people not only died, but were also killed - and if it is hard to fit death into the short space of a story, how much harder to fit murder, and sectarian murder at that? It takes the quiet skill of someone like MacLaverty to rescue these lives from history, and give them a story instead. Only some of this collection is set during the troubles, however. Matters of Life and Death is, as the title suggests, about how we live with death of all kinds. The dead in these stories come in many varieties, being nearly dead, freshly dead, long dead, passionately murdered or callously bombed.
The subject who is truly loyal to the Chief Magistrate will neither advise nor submit to arbitrary measures. His new book, Matters of Life and Death , a selection of some of his most powerful columns written for The Globe and Mail, further establishes his unique voice in discussions about Canadian health-care policy. Taken collectively, they represent a plea for a kinder and more just health-care system in this country. The extent of Picard's influence has accrued because he stands outside medicine and the academy — he has no formal training in health care. This allows him a skepticism and clear-sightedness that has made him an indispensable medical writer. He is less interested in the shiny technologies that beguile television news producers than he is in the simple questions of fairness and compassion, which he writes about with fury and precision.