Guy Vanderhaeghe

Guy Vanderhaeghe lives in Saskatchewan. He is the author of My Present Age and of a collection of short stories, Man Descending, which received the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize and, in Canada, the Governor-General’s Award for fiction.

Story: ‘Home Place’

Guy Vanderhaeghe, 12 November 1987

It was early morning, so early that Gil MacLean loaded the colt into the truck box under a sky still scattered with faint stars. The old man circled the truck once, checking the tail gate, the tyres, and the knot in the halter shank, tottering around on legs stiff as stilts, shoulders hunched to keep the chill off him. He was 69 and mostly cold these days.


Unbelievable Horse

12 November 1987

SIR: Susanna Merry (Letters, 10 December 1987) has surprised and puzzled me with her comments on my short story ‘Home Place’. It came as a shock to learn that the horse in my story, like Lawrence’s St Mawr, is ‘used as a metaphor for human emotions: a cipher of the resentment of a farmer’s son for his father’. I certainly had not intended this. I always thought of the horse as just a horse....

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