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Canada: A Portrait in Letters, 1800-2000

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In this rich and diverse collection of two centuries of letters, renowned biographer Charlotte Gray gives us the inside story on how we came to be who we are.

As the expression of one person’s thoughts, ideas, and emotions, a letter offers a unique and privileged look at a moment in history. Whether written to a close friend or an entire nation, a letter speaks volumes abou
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Hardcover, 544 pages
Published October 21st 2003 by Doubleday Canada Limited (first published 2003)
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Michael Reynolds
Feb 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Charlotte Gray has given to Canadians a sweet and unique gift: a portrait of us in a compilation of letters drawn from our 19th and 20th centuries.

Suffice it to say that it's the scope of the whole that yields the portrait, and gives you a feel for a country, and not any one letter (though a few are especially telling). There is a rich variety here, from immensely entertaining to rather drab (thankfully but a few), and from quite hilarious to profoundly sad, even haunting. I imagine that the cu
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Christine
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
All of Dr. Gray's work is fabulous...but reading letters as primary sources of history certainly makes it come alive! A great way to learn more about our heritage as Canadians.
Helene
Aug 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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Lovely book, especially if you enjoy letter format. I am not even a history buff but was nice to get up close and personal glimpses of Canadian History from the point of view of famous people and Joe Public. W
Willow4
Feb 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
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An interesting perspective, from a time when people actually put pen to paper, knowing it might be months before the letter was read. I good lesson in what and how people communicated in a different age. They say letter writing is a lost art.
Vivaval
Jul 15, 2010 added it
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The premise of the book is interesting, but once I started reading, it was not as compelling as I hoped it would be. I wasn't able to make it past the first section.
MapGirl
Jan 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
I love reding letters but it's not for everyone. They are so insightful of the times we lived in. The passion for this great country is sometimes hidden in the words.
Beth
Sep 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Interesting primary documents
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Charlotte Gray is one of Canada’s best-known writers, and author of eight acclaimed books of literary non-fiction. Born in Sheffield, England, and educated at Oxford University and the London School of Economics, she began her writing career in England as a magazine editor and newspaper columnist. After coming to Canada in 1979, she worked as a political commentator, book reviewer and magazine col ...more
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