"No Great Mischief"
Published on Friday, June 25, 2010 - 4:39pm
Alstair MacLeod's novel contrasts Alexander MacDonald’s semi-charmed life with the lives of his less fortunate older brothers who are forced to fend for themselves when their parents perish on the ice in an accident near their home in Nova Scotia.
MacDonald escapes a desperate life of working in the Canadian uranium mines like his kin, and is now a successful dentist. He reflects on his life, home and family history while on a trip to Toronto to look after the needs of his aging alcoholic brother.