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category: Poetry
published: Sep 2000
publisher: Brick Books

The Grey Islands

by John Steffler


Since its first publication in 1985, The Grey Islands has become a classic of Canadian wilderness writing to set beside the works of Thoreau, Annie Dillard and Aldo Leopold. Using a broad range of forms and styles – lyric, anecdote, field notes, documents and pseudo-documents, ghost story, tall tale – Steffler relates the story of one man’s pilgrimage to a remote island of Newfoundland’s northern peninsula. Often comic, and always deeply passionate and sensuous, The Grey Islands tells of the sharpening of perceptions whetted by solitude, wind and rock, and of the pilgrim’s people – living and dead – who have striven to exist under its harsh regime. As in his other books, like That Night We Were Ravenous or his acclaimed novel The Afterlife of George Cartwright, Steffler’s writing delivers the bite of raw experience and embraces existence at the edge in all its terror and beauty.

About the Author

John Steffler

John Steffler was born in Ontario in 1947. His other books of poetry are An Explanation of Yellow (1981),The Wreckage of Play (1988), and That Night We Were Ravenous (1998). He has also written a children's book, Flights of Magic (1987), and a novel, The Afterlife of George Cartwright, which won the Smithbooks/Books in Canada first novel award and the Thomas Raddall Award, and was shortlisted for the Governor General's Award and the Commonwealth Prize for Best First Book.

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