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Raisin Wine: a Boyhood in a Different Muskoka

3.6  ·  Rating Details ·  43 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
A warm, at times hilarious, yet dark childhood memoir from a bestselling author.

This memoir recalls the boyhood years of Ontario’s future lieutenant-governor, living in a dilapidated old house complete with outdoor toilet and coal oil-lamp lighting. Behind the outrageous stories, larger-than life-characters, and descriptions of the mores of a small village in the heart of
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Hardcover, 272 pages
Published February 27th 2007 by Douglas Gibson Books
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Gabriele Wills
Nov 26, 2010 Gabriele Wills rated it really liked it
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James Bartleman's memoir of his impoverished boyhood in the heart of Ontario's most affluent "cottage country" is honest, touching, amusing, and completely fascinating. Village life was difficult enough, but even more so for a "half-breed" caught between the worlds of his "Indian" mother and white father. Further contrasts were evident between the locals and the rich and idle summer residents who were often disdainful of the "stupid hayseeds". That Bartleman went on to become a renowned Canadian ...more
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May 25, 2011 Beverley rated it really liked it
James Bartleman was the son of a white father and a Native Canadian mother. Raised in Port Carling in Muskoka, he faced poverty and racism. Yet his stories of his childhood and adolescence are hilarious and uplifting. I particularly liked his account of his career as a newspaper boy and how he infuriated customers and ate most of the profits, but still managed to learn something about business and life!
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Jul 11, 2007 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Hilarious book! Fantastic images of childhood memories...and a Canadian book to boot! Loved it!
Bev
Boring! Although the author writes, with great detail, about growing up in small-town Ontario - "the boy" really leads a very ordinary life.
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James Bartleman is the former lieutenant governor of Ontario and the bestselling author of the novels As Long as the River Flows and The Redemption of Oscar Wolfe. A member of the Chippewas of Rama First Nation, he is also a retired ambassador and a member of the Order of Canada. He lives in Perth, Ontario.
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