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Glengarry School Days

2.78 of 5 stars 2.78  ·  rating details  ·  23 ratings  ·  5 reviews
The 15 sketches that make up Glengarry School Days look back affectionately on childhood in Ontario at the time of Confederation. Yet behind Connor’s delightful account of boyhood enthusiasms – and his clear desire for a more orderly and courageous world – lie glimpses of the moral rigidity that also characterized homesteading life in early Canada.

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Published August 4th 2009 by New Canadian Library (first published 1902)
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I’m glad I read “The Man from Glengarry” before reading this. While this was a sweet set of stories about growing up in a tight-knit frontier community in Ontario, I enjoyed knowing the rest of the story first. I may not have been as intrigued to read these, if I had not read the novel first, which starts these characters at a slightly older age, and takes us through many wonderful adventures in their lives and spiritual growth.
This was a pleasant and quick read. Drawing on his childhood memories the author has written of small community life in the Ontario of the 1860s. The school and young Hughie Murray are the main focus of these stories. From tales of spelling bees, games of shinny, afternoons at the swimming hole, to an encounter with a bear, pioneer days, childhood, and a strong sense of belonging are brought to life.
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Cute short stories. I really disliked the main character though. I also disliked the way the females in the novel are shown, all for the exception of one they have zero personality and spend most of the time either crying or just doing housework. I liked the way the characters got older as the book progressed with each story.
Mar 27, 2008 Suzanne rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who enjoy historical fiction
Recommended to Suzanne by: found it at an estate sale
I enjoyed this book - it's a quick read, but reminds us that exposing our fruitless deeds of darkness is the only way for healing and release to occur. The alternative causes a festering and cancer of the heart.
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Charles W. Gordon (1860–1937) was educated at the University of Toronto and ordained as a Presbyterian minister in 1890. Under the pseudonym Ralph Connor, he published over thirty novels that made him an internationally best-selling author, including The Man from Glengarry (1901) and Glengarry School Days (1902).
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