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By Charles Ritchie

ISBN-10: 0771075251

ISBN-13: 9780771075254

Charles Ritchie’s first quantity of diaries, The Siren Years, created a sensation while it used to be released in 1974. in addition to successful the Governor General’s Award for Non-fiction, it used to be hailed by way of reviewers on either side of the Atlantic. An urge for food for all times, his moment quantity, first released in 1977, bargains together with his adolescence in Halifax and his occupation at Oxford – the years whilst Charles Ritchie became from a callow, blundering early life right into a callow, blundering younger man.

As those diaries exhibit, Charles Ritchie had a pointy eye, a prepared ear, a hugely built feel of the absurd, and – regardless of his unsatisfied knack of touchdown ?at on his face – a radical “appetite for life.”

This isn't just a hilariously humorous ebook, however it offers a shiny photo of 2 worlds – Halifax and Oxford within the mid-twenties – which are now long past. It additionally introduces us to an miraculous diversity of characters, however the such a lot fabulous of all is the younger Charles Ritchie himself.

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Then it dawned on me that she thinks I wrote the poem myself as I didn’t put Rupert Brooke’s name to it. It had never occurred to me that she would think this, especially as last month I lent her my copy of Rupert Brooke’s poems and she said how much she enjoyed them, but I can’t explain to her now that I didn’t write it. It would spoil everything. I am going to take up fencing. Rodney Wilmot has talked me into it and I am to go three times a week to the Dalhousie gymnasium starting tomorrow. I had decided last week that I would intervene in the college debate on the future of India despite the fact that I know nothing whatsoever about India, but I could not know any less than that stupid dolt Anderson who has been holding the floor on the subject.

Cady was a Uniacke before she was married and came from Mount Uniacke, a pillared house by a wooded lake here in Nova Scotia named after the family place in Ireland. She is a funny old girl, likes a joke, believes in ghosts, and wears beaded slippers cut with scissors to relieve her corns. 31 January 1925. Peter has written a love letter to Katherine but so far has had no reply. In the evening Colonel Almon came out. I admire him because he is so distinguished-looking and such a man of the world and so witty.

It was snowing. You could not go out into the garden, so I never got a chance to be alone with her, and when we were dancing together she was always glancing over my shoulder to see if she was being looked at. ” I saw that I was getting nowhere so I tried to be funny. She laughed a lot but I don’t know whether she was listening to me or just laughing for laughing’s sake. ” She seemed to melt into my arms and I wished it would go on forever. When we got back after the dance we walked up and down together outside the Almons’ gate.

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