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Ervin Austin MacDonald.

Vancouver, Douglas & Mclntyre, c1982.
272pp, cloth, $16.95.
ISBN 0-88894-369-5.

Grades 9 and up.
Reviewed by Elaine Atwood.

Volume 11 Number 2.
1983 March.

A slightly romanticized story of a pioneer that starts in 1839 Bytown and goes to Colorado, Mexico, Washington, Alberta, and ends up in B.C.'s Cariboo country. The pioneer is the author's father, Archibald MacDonald, an Ontario>-born Glengarry Scot, with piercing blue eyes and a waist-length beard, who constantly dreamt of a better place and had the vision and the wildness of spirit necessary to go and make it happen, the very antithesis of the modem go-to-university-stay-at-one-job-for-twenty-years mentality that will find this yarn fascinating.

The book is full of amazing anecdotes about MacDonald Senior's travels, his fortune hunting, close calls, cattle thieves, bears, blizzards and stagecoaches, and his always pithy, and in his son's mind, legendary, comments. It is a book that chronicles a part of Canadian history that many young people today may know little of and would be thrilled to hear it told this way. The kind of book that used to find its way into Hollywood movies starring John Wayne.

The author, who crossed the Rockies on horseback at fourteen, now lives in Burnaby, age eighty-nine, recently drove the Yellowhead highway and found it contemptibly easy. But it helped refresh his memory of his father's exploits in this true-life adventure story that typifies the many forgotten pioneers who settled our country.

David J. Young, Vancouver, BC.
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