The Low Life: Five Great Tales from Up and Down the River

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Rarely in Canada has a writer painted such an evocative, funny and bittersweet portrait of a time and place as Brian Doyle has in his novels of the Gatineau River and of Ottawa.

Doyle is highly acclaimed within and without Canada for his body of work. The first Canadian to be selected as a finalist for the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award (the "Little Nobel"), he has repeatedly won the Canadian Library Association's Book of the Year Award. His books have been selected ...

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Overview

Rarely in Canada has a writer painted such an evocative, funny and bittersweet portrait of a time and place as Brian Doyle has in his novels of the Gatineau River and of Ottawa.

Doyle is highly acclaimed within and without Canada for his body of work. The first Canadian to be selected as a finalist for the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award (the "Little Nobel"), he has repeatedly won the Canadian Library Association's Book of the Year Award. His books have been selected for the Horn Book's Fanfare List, and he has been published in many countries.

The novels collected in this book have been made into plays, films and even an opera. But perhaps the most important tribute paid to Doyle's work has been the continuous high sales of his books, as generations of readers have come to know and love his marvellous boy characters, such as Hubbo O'Driscoll, Young Tommy and Mickey, and their fabulous girlfriends -- Margo, the only girl in the world; Baby Bridget, the girl with the trillium-shaped eyes; and Fleurette Featherstone Fitchell, who wears a rag in her long curly black hair -- as well as the most unforgettable dog in Canadian literature, Nerves.

The novels take place from 1895 to the early post-war years. They illuminate a part of our collective past and present in an eloquent and touching way, while moving us to side-splitting laughter. This collection proves what many have long suspected -- Brian Doyle is quite simply one of Canada's greatest writers.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780888993830
  • Publisher: Groundwood Books
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Pages: 399
  • Age range: 9 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.48 (w) x 9.38 (h) x 1.33 (d)

Table of Contents

Uncle Ronald: Where they found us in 1895 7
Angel Square: Who we were when the war was over in 1945 95
Easy Avenue: When we tried to climb up in 1948 179
Covered Bridge: How we almost tore it all down in 1949 263
Up to Low: Why we clung to the magic from 1950 on... 339
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