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review 2015-10-26 14:04
A Casualty of Grace by Lisa Brown
A Casualty of Grace - Lisa Brown

The legacy of British Home Children is kept alive in this touching story through the story of Oliver and Simon. This pair of brothers are left to the future that others would devise for them when both of their parents die and they are helpless to locate other family members. The British Home Children program, designed to create a better life for children than that offered by the Victorian era workhouses, sends Oliver and Simon to Canada where adoptive families await.

 

Like their predecessor, the workhouses of England, the BHC program had wonderful intentions that did not always come to fruition. While some children were undoubtedly adopted by loving, well-off parents who truly wanted a child, many went to farms, mills, and other apprenticeships to provide grueling labor for their 'parents.'

 

The toil that met these children is told through the eyes of Oliver, a boy forced to behave with a wisdom and maturity beyond his years. Caring for his younger brother and enduring hardship in Canada's frigid winters, he refuses to allow his circumstances to reduce his character.

 

With no escape in sight, Oliver perseveres until an ending that surprises everyone, this reader included. An interesting look at an often forgotten tidbit of history.

 

I received this book from the author in return for an honest review. Opinions stated are my own.

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review 2015-03-13 19:29
Who Killed Canadian History?
Who Killed Canadian History? - J.L. Granatstein

Who Killed Canadian History? was my airplane read on the the way home from a course the other week. I don't know why but I always manage to read non-fiction much better when stuck on a plane or in an airport. 

 

The title raised a couple of interested looks from passers-by. Unfortunately, none commented. Unfortunately because the book has the interesting topic of whether Canadian history is at risk of being forgotten because of the prevalence of the US media and its focus on US history as well as a tendency within the Canadian education system to focus on the history of minorities or specialist aspects in history rather than on a general history of Canada. 

 

Of course, my knowledge of Canada and its history is pretty non-existent and I have no intention to weigh in on Granatstein's argument. However, I did find his book interesting in that it is easy to follow, thorough, and provoking thoughts about how history, not only in Canada, is recorded and taught. 

 

Parts of it reminded me of Postman's Amusing Ourselves to Death but this was more in relation to the style of argument which is easy to follow but still conveys a lot of information.

I loved that I actually learned a few things along the way, too. 

 

So, in short I have no idea whether Granatstein's argument is valid but it did make for entertaining and educational reading.

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review 2011-09-20 16:00
Holy Bible, King James Version (Meridian)
The Holy Bible (King James Version) - Anonymous gOOdnight fAcEbOOK..(:
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review 2011-06-15 00:00
Who Killed Canadian History? - J.L. Granatstein Great book! Reaffirmed to me the importance of History.
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