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The Black Bonspiel of Willie MacCrimmon (vuoden 1993 painos)

– tekijä: W. O. Mitchell (Tekijä)

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At last, a book about curling, the noble sport that every winter turns otherwise sane Canadian men and women into broom-waving fanatics. Given the chance, any one of them would actively consider selling their soul to the devil for a chance to win the national championship known as “the Brier.” That’s the offer made to Willie MacCrimmon in this hilarious story by W.O. Mitchell. The time is the not-too-distant past, and the place is Shelby, Alberta, a small town in the foothills. Willie, a widower, is the town’s shoe-maker, but like a good Scot he lives to curl; curling in fact is “his only active religion.” He and his rink are so expert that he attracts the attention of the Devil himself, who comes to Shelby and makes him an offer hard to resist. The Devil (a keen curler–and how they keep good ice in hell is fully explained) promises Willie that he’ll win the Brier–if on his death Willie will undertake to come and curl in hell for him in the Celestial Brier. Willie makes the Faustian deal – but with the proviso that he will save his soul if he and his Shelby rink can beat the Devil’s rink in a challenge match. And so Willie and his friends – with the help of the Reverend Pringle – take on the Devil’s crew of Judas, Macbeth and Guy Fawkes in the most crucial curling match of all time, a matter of after-life and death. It's a fine, old-fashioned funny story, as you’d expect from W.O. Mitchell. You might even call it a sweeping saga.… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:The Black Bonspiel of Willie MacCrimmon
Kirjailijat:W. O. Mitchell (Tekijä)
Info:McClelland & Stewart (1993), Edition: Gift, 96 pages
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Sly, witty, and laugh-aloud funny at times (I will only write a short review, because this book definitely needs to be read without too many spoilers), [b:The Black Bonspiel of Willie MacCrimmon|1538554|The Black Bonspiel of Willie MacCrimmon|W.O. Mitchell|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1248984822s/1538554.jpg|1530709] is one of my favourite novels (actually, it is more like a short novel) by [a:W.O. Mitchell|661086|W.O. Mitchell|http://photo.goodreads.com/authors/1326925302p2/661086.jpg]. A Faustian tale of Willie MacCrimmon, who sells his soul to the Devil to win the "Brier" (the most prestigious honour in curling), and then challenges the Devil to a curling match to reclaim his soul (the Devil's team is made up of not only the Devil, of course, but also Judas Iscariot, Macbeth and Guy Fawkes), [b:The Black Bonspiel of Willie MacCrimmon|1538554|The Black Bonspiel of Willie MacCrimmon|W.O. Mitchell|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1248984822s/1538554.jpg|1530709] always leaves me laughing and smiling, not only at the humour, but also at the sly and oh-so-true gentle social and religious crticisms. Highly recommended for anyone who enjoys curling, but even if you are not a curler (and I certainly am not), this delightful gem of a story is sure to tickle the fancy of anyone who enjoys wit, humour and satire.

I had always assumed that the original version of [b:The Black Bonspiel of Willie MacCrimmon|1538554|The Black Bonspiel of Willie MacCrimmon|W.O. Mitchell|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1248984822s/1538554.jpg|1530709] was the radio play. However, according to the information presented on the flaps of the dust jacket, [a:W.O. Mitchell|661086|W.O. Mitchell|http://photo.goodreads.com/authors/1326925302p2/661086.jpg] wrote the original version as a short story for a magazine, and only later was this story adapted as a radio play, then made into a stage play; this particular version (adapted as a short novel and somewhat expanded) was published in 1993. We actually read the radio play version of [b:The Black Bonspiel of Willie MacCrimmon|1538554|The Black Bonspiel of Willie MacCrimmon|W.O. Mitchell|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1248984822s/1538554.jpg|1530709] in High School, and if you ever manage to obtain a copy somehow (it's seemingly impossible, I have had no luck so far), you are in for a real treat; in my opinion, the radio play is even funnier, even richer than the 1993 novel. ( )
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At last, a book about curling, the noble sport that every winter turns otherwise sane Canadian men and women into broom-waving fanatics. Given the chance, any one of them would actively consider selling their soul to the devil for a chance to win the national championship known as “the Brier.” That’s the offer made to Willie MacCrimmon in this hilarious story by W.O. Mitchell. The time is the not-too-distant past, and the place is Shelby, Alberta, a small town in the foothills. Willie, a widower, is the town’s shoe-maker, but like a good Scot he lives to curl; curling in fact is “his only active religion.” He and his rink are so expert that he attracts the attention of the Devil himself, who comes to Shelby and makes him an offer hard to resist. The Devil (a keen curler–and how they keep good ice in hell is fully explained) promises Willie that he’ll win the Brier–if on his death Willie will undertake to come and curl in hell for him in the Celestial Brier. Willie makes the Faustian deal – but with the proviso that he will save his soul if he and his Shelby rink can beat the Devil’s rink in a challenge match. And so Willie and his friends – with the help of the Reverend Pringle – take on the Devil’s crew of Judas, Macbeth and Guy Fawkes in the most crucial curling match of all time, a matter of after-life and death. It's a fine, old-fashioned funny story, as you’d expect from W.O. Mitchell. You might even call it a sweeping saga.

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