Here in daddy lenin vanderhaeghe returns to the short story format that won him a governor generals award over 30 years ago many of the themes and places are familiar ones observant boys on the outside of things saskatoon streets disillusioned middle aged men but somehow it is all darker. Daddy lenin and other stories recently won the governor generals award for fiction one of canadas top literary prizes it was the third such honour for author guy vanderhaeghe the only others to do this are alice munro michael ondaatje and hugh maclennan and its very deserving. Too little space to talk about every story one by one daddy lenin is deservedly the title story vanderhaeghe has noticed how a mentor who has formed a persons mental landscape when they were young seems to command respect forever whatever their failings or however shabbily they may have treated the person. With daddy lenin and other stories vanderhaeghe leaves the cowboys behind to examine other archetypes of masculinity of the nine stories in daddy lenin the strongest are the ones featuring protagonists who are a bit older wiser and rough around the edges
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