From the Back Cover:
Man Descending is Guy Vanderhaeghe’s superb first book of fiction. In its twelve stories, with settings that range from a Canadian prairie farm to a London neighbourhood of Bloomsbury, Vanderhaeghe captures brilliantly and with compassion the terrors and the joys of life., revealing the complexities of the world through the eyes of an eleven-year-old boy or in the ruminations of an old man nearing death. Sometimes rollicking with laughter, at other times deeply sinister and foreboding, the stories together make a vibrant assessment of the human condition.
Originally published in 1982, Man Descending won the Governor General’s Award for Fiction.