A great read about the the coming of age of a boy in Nova Scotia and the place that he calls home.
The construction of the Canso Causeway is a fine backdrop for the even more real story of a community and a culture observed from the perspective of a boy growing to be a man.
Linden MacIntyre writes a great memoir. He lived through a time of great upheaval on Cape Breton and his childhood impressions provide a unique perspective on that time period. Maybe nowhere else in Canada is there that intense feeling of roots and settledness. Many leave to find work but always intend to return, and if they don't they always still consider Cape Breton home.
MacIntyre's portrayal of his parents and grandparents is accomplished through anecdotes as much as through description. Each had their own life lessons to teach and standards by which they lived. The author's love and respect for his family shines through. He grew up and left the island but is still very much linked to it through his heritage.
This memoir of boyhood years in Cape Breton by the cohost of CBC's fifth estate is a strong story of a boy's relationship with his father and his community. Linden was a boy always interested in the world, both the world of the adults in his own community and the world beyond Cape Breton. He became friendly with a Hungarian man, Old John, who ran the temporary camp for the causeway workers, and with a young Korean engineer, Ted. He listened to the conversations around him, and made his own sense of them. He gives his impressions of his father and the life his father had to live to support the family. His book includes references to the idea of home and the roots that we all have. As someone who grew up moving often and without a real sense of a physical place as home, I can relate to his comments on this.
Some good moments but it bogged down half way and I had to put the book down.
Wonderfully written. Well worth reading, particularly for those who have connections to the East Coast.
Coming-of-age memoir set in Cape Breton. Poignant, moving.
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