Willowdale Kerry Wood

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Published: 1956

Hardcover

216 pages


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Willowdale  by  Kerry Wood

Willowdale by Kerry Wood
1956 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 216 pages | ISBN: | 9.11 Mb

(From the dust jacket:) This is a delightfully vivid picture of life in a small prairie town. In a series of skilfully drawn sketches the author introduces the reader to a truly extraordinary collection of characters who are drawn from life in theMore(From the dust jacket:) This is a delightfully vivid picture of life in a small prairie town. In a series of skilfully drawn sketches the author introduces the reader to a truly extraordinary collection of characters who are drawn from life in the true sense of the term.

Although they live within sight of the Canadian Rockies, you have probably met their counterparts in small towns everywhere.We meet Booker John, who had a heart of gold and a love of nature- a homely philosopher who wouldnt do a days work. There is Gally, the town drunk, who was in his cups every night of the week except Wednesdays and Sundays.

On Sunday he attended church- on Wednesday he visited a spinster friend and enjoyed Chopin.There is the Reverend Mr. Tanner who became star pitcher on the baseball team in order to raise funds for his church- the gardener who landscaped the town in his spare time in order to pay a debt to his fellow-men, and because he liked things to look nice- and there is Ma Harder, a matriarchal terror about whom the author says: When Ad Harders mother sickened, he fetched Martha Betts from a city orphan home to nurse the old lady during her final days.

But Ma Harder got interested in bossing the shy girl, so she put off dying for eleven years. There is Mike OFlyn who went to jail and while there dined on brook trout, strawberries and cream, supplied by friends--even Judge Benn brought him a basket of fruit.But this gives no real picture of the book. Kerry Wood writes with a deep compassion for his fellow-men, a warm understanding of human nature.

Many of the sketches are humorous, for he has an original and ready wit. He balances this with pathos that brings one close to tears in stories such as The Dark-Eyed Doe, the story of a deer, blind from birth, who becomes the concern of the whole village, and in The Silver Bugles, the story of a beery, down-and-out old soldier who played the Last Post at the Armistice Day services.

All in all, this warm, human book is a superb example of the writers craft.



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