Lara Maynard's Reviews > Below The Bridge: Memories of The South Side of St. John's

Below The Bridge by Helen Porter
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really liked it
bookshelves: canada, canlit, memoir, newfoundland-labrador, non-fiction, audiobook, 2017-canbookchallenge

I found myself wishing that Helen Fogwill Porter herself was the narrator of the audiobook version of Below the Bridge. She has such as distinctive voice, recognizable to anyone who listens to call-in radio shows in St. John's, NL. In fact, I could hear her in my head as I listened. That said, Mary Barry does a fine job of narrating.

This book is so personal, with its memories of childhood, family and neighbourhood from 1930s and 1940s, and I always find it hard to give that type of book a rating. I very much enjoyed her descriptions of the community of her youth within the city, her own coming of age, local characters and landmarks, and the WWII years in St. John's, with lots of anecdotes and musing.

I found this after I googled the book: It seems Porter has a footbridge in her old neighbourhood area named after her. Lovely.

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Reading Progress

August 29, 2017 – Started Reading
August 29, 2017 – Shelved
August 29, 2017 – Shelved as: canada
August 29, 2017 – Shelved as: memoir
August 29, 2017 – Shelved as: newfoundland-labrador
August 29, 2017 – Shelved as: non-fiction
August 29, 2017 – Shelved as: canlit
August 31, 2017 –
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September 1, 2017 – Finished Reading
October 26, 2017 – Shelved as: audiobook
October 31, 2017 – Shelved as: 2017-canbookchallenge

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