- June 16, 2020
THE LOST SALT GIFT OF BLOOD
THE LOST SALTGIFT OF BLOOD
THE LOST SALTGIFT OF BLOOD
The Lost Salt Gift of Blood isa collection of short stories written by Alistair Macleod (Berces,2016). It is an intriguing piece that majors onvarious aspects of the Canadian and American literature. However, itencompasses some aspects of fiction. This paper focuses on the shortstory titled just like the book itself, TheLost Salt Gift of Blood (MacLeod, 1976, p.65).In this regard, personal views of thestory in terms of interests, themes, challenges, beauty among otherissues shall be vividly explored.
Upon reading the short story, I realized that it had drawn much of myattention especially when it was handling some specific issues ofhuman nature and the tribulations that families endure time and again(Berces, 2016). Alistair wrote the story in an uncanny manner, andthe reader can get the storyline clearly. I was interested in thestory especially when it explained the issues around a group ofschool boys who lead a happy and simple life (Berces, 2016). Theywere playing around and enjoying the gifts that nature has awardedthem. They go fishing, they do swimming, and they run around andenjoy happiness. It intrigues me to know that even when life has manytroubles people still find happiness in the smallest of things. Thecontemporary world has shaped people’s thinking in a way that theydo not see free-dwelling things as a source of pleasure (Barclay,2008). For instance, they consider being wealthy and spending muchmoney on partying, foreign travels, buying flashy stuff likeLamborghinis, Ferraris, Porsches, Range Rovers, yachts and privatejets as the only source of happiness. However, God has providednatural pleasures as we can see in the story when John is happy withthe grandparents and the neighborhood (MacLeod, 1976, pp.65-151). Iwas emotionally moved by the struggles that the persona has when hecontemplates explaining to his biological son, John, that he is thefather. It gnaws me especially after having witnessed so manychildren in the modern world leading a life without their parents.Parental love is instrumental in the life of an individual, andwhenever such a person misses it, he/she will need it sometimes, andJohn gets it from his grandparents (Barclay, 2008).
The themes of irresponsibility and death are conspicuous in thestory. These themes are vital because they are inevitable in humanlife (James, 2012, p.50). The persona in the story is a businessmanwho has travelled back to Newfoundland and only learns from therethat one of the children he has befriended is his biological son. Itmeans that he engaged in reckless relationships, not knowing what hehas left behind. This is the reason he has trouble explaining to Johnthat he is the father (James, 2012, p.50). Dying is a destiny nohuman can evade. John’s mother passes on and leaves a feeling ofdevastation in his heart and the grandparents. However, John stillfinds happiness in his friends. Learning that everybody around usshall never be there forever is important because we will always behappy and appreciative of the people in our life. The themes havehelped me adjust my way of life because there is nothing that canever be important than being responsible and straightforward. As aresult of irresponsibility, John has no clue about his father (James,2012, p.50).
The work changed my view of the world. First, the modern world hasmuch evil especially amongst the people who have money or those whodeem themselves busy in business. These people are capable of doinganything to have pleasure. I consider the persona as an individualwith similar traits. However, we do not need to lead such a life.Everyone has a chance of enjoying the world because we have no equalpotentials in succeeding financially. Even the poor have somethinggood at their disposal it is just that they do not realize that whatthey need is right there with them. John and his friends have a homeand are enjoying happiness.
The Newfoundland has provided them with enough life (MacLeod, 1976,pp.65-151). Most importantly, we should never neglect the people welove. Every human is important and having his/her life appreciated isvital. I do not agree with the author when he lets the persona leavewithout telling John that he is the father. It ignites the emotionalfeeling of the story, but it leaves humanity at its lowest point. Nomatter the consequences, John should have known his father. Again,the theme of death is inevitable, but I feel that the author shouldhave removed it out of the equation because it gives so manyunanswered questions. John’s mother passed on with answers tocrucial aspects of his life (MacLeod, 1976, p.100). The author used asimple and understandable language, but some aspects wereinexplicably introduced in the course of the story. For instance, thestory’s inception has some confusing phrases that required theguide of a dictionary like ganglia-rooted moss. The author’slanguage is interesting and eye-catching. The flow and the choice ofwords elicit a streamlined understanding of the entire piece. As aresult of the interesting employment of English language, and theselection of themes of death and irresponsibility, I would read thestory many other times. The author was interesting, and the story wasmoving.
In conclusion, Alistair Macleod’s story titled TheLost Salt Gift of Blood has a strong emotional attachment,and as I read it, I sometimes lost my control and I could weep. Theuse of language was interesting and simple. The most eye-catchingthemes that I found were death and irresponsibility. Again, it mademe have a different view of the world as being enough to give ushappiness. Importantly, the story was slightly challenging indeciphering some aspects, but I managed to understand the whole ofit.
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Berces, F.(2016). ExistentialMaritimer: Alistair Macleod`s The Lost Salt Gift ofBlood. Journals.lib.unb.ca.Retrieved 26 November 2016, fromhttps://journals.lib.unb.ca/index.php/scl/article/view/8136/9193
James, P. (2012). The LostSalt Gift of Blood. CanadianLiterature, 2,50.
MacLeod, A. (1976). Thelost salt gift of blood (1sted., pp. 65-151). Toronto: McClelland and Stewart Ltd.