From the Back Cover:
* “There’s the same shiver of delight and joy of discovery that accompanied Alice Munro’s first collection of stories. If Vanderhaeghe keeps up this standard, he could be one of next important writers.” – William French, Globe and Mail
* “An impressive debut….Man Descending launches a writer whose ascent is likely to be well worth tracking.” – Maclean’s
* “Stories to be reread and remembered.” – Books in Canada
* “These stories are wonderful! I thought I’d ‘sample’ them, and I’ve read them all with that astonishing gratitude you feel when you meet a real writer.” – Alice Munro
When Macmillan proudly published the hardcover edition of Man Descending: Selected Stories by Guy Vanderhaeghe in 1982, critics raved about the new young writer, and readers delighted in his fresh and striking style. Established Canadian authors such as Rudy Wiebe, Jack Hodgins, Richard Wright, and Robert Kroetsch hailed the launching of an unmistakable talent. Now this landmark collection is available in paperback, in the Laurentian Library collection of Canadian classics.
Man Descending contains twelve superbly crafted stories about men at various stages of life. A young boy confronts and accepts adult treachery. A small-town teenager wins poolhall skirmishes and loses backseat tussles. A man in his thirties relinquishes his youthful fantasies and his exasperated wife, and gains maturity. The exuberant humour of the young is portrayed together with the regret and rage of the old in these masterful, perceptive stories.
Some of the stories have been published in leading magazines – including “The Watcher”, his award-winning story – while others were published for the first time in this collection. Just as Spit Delaney’s Island, Jack Hodgins’ first book, announced the arrival of an important new talent, Man Descending is sure to be acclaimed by all readers of first-class fiction.
Born in 1951, in Esterhazy, Saskatchewan, where he lived until he was seventeen, Guy Vanderhaeghe now makes his home in Saskatoon. He has worked as a teacher, an archivist, and a researcher, but now devotes himself chiefly to writing.