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.
Wildly popular when firstThe 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.
Wildly popular when first published in 1902, Glengarry School Days still captivates readers with its detailed portrait of children and their misadventures.
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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click here.This book was worth reading for the shinny chapters alone. Hockey takes its place within the Canadian canon. Longer review to come when I have some time. Eight and a half out of ten for the shinny rivalry, six out of ten for Hughie's moral journey, three out of ten for the butchery of the bear, two out of ten for the religious conversion of Craven and crew.
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.
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.
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).