Seasons of Discontent by Raymond Fraser

Seasons of Discontent (2015, Lion’s Head Press) is Raymond Fraser’s thirteenth work of fiction by this prolific New Brunswick author. It could also be subtitled “The Continuing Adventures of Walt Macbride” since it features the recurring semi-autobiographical character Ray’s readers have met before in such novels as The Bannonbridge Musicians and In Another Life, just to mention two. In fact, “Seasons” expands upon Part Three of In Another Life (“The Mid Sixties and Beyond”).… Continue reading

Letters Home: Maritimers and the Great War, 1914-1918 edited by Ross Hebb

This is a real gem of a book and one that any Canadian interested in WWI would enjoy to read; Maritimers especially since all the letters are from soldiers (and a nurse) from Atlantic Canada. Ross Hebb has done a masterful job of editing, collecting and categorizing quite a number of private letters donated by family members to create this insightful, at times entertaining and thoughtful book.… Continue reading

Nimbus Publishing Spring 2015 Catalogue

NimbusSpring2015Cat-coverNimbus Publishing, the largest English language publisher east of Toronto, has just released their Spring 2015 catalogue. You can download a PDF copy here.

In the next month or so, I will be reviewing some of their new releases here at The Miramichi Reader.

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From Old Hollywood to New Brunswick by Charles Foster

After reading this book (it only took a few hours; it is that fascinating and breezily written), I couldn’t help think of a quote from the Joseph Conrad novel The Rescue in which Edith Travers says to herself after Captain Tom Lingard has related all the imminent dangers of the island near where her yacht has grounded. She thinks: “Can all these things be possible? No – but they are true.”

The entire time I was reading this book I was in disbelief at all the things that figuratively fell into Mr.… Continue reading

Joshua Slocum: The Captain Who Sailed Around the World by Quentin Casey

Joshua Slocum: The Captain Who Sailed Around the WorldThis book is part of the “Stories of Our Past” series published by Nimbus. The look and feel of this book is very polished. It is only a little over 120 pages, but Mr. Casey manages to condense a full lifetime of Captain Slocum’s adventures and trials into these few pages. There are plenty of colour and B&W illustrations throughout the book, printed on good high quality paper.… Continue reading

Remembrance by Alistair MacLeod

RemembranceRemembrance by Alistair MacLeod

My Goodreads rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was my first experience reading an Alistair MacLeod story, but it won’t be my last. It is somehow very satisfying to experience a well-written short story (hence the 5 stars). Somerset Maugham was a master at the genre, and so is Mr. McLeod if this, his last published work, is any indication.

Giving a synopsis of the story would give too much away, but it takes place on Remembrance Day, and the tone of the story is appropriately sombre.… Continue reading