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Peter Gzowski.
Toronto, ON: McClelland & Stewart, 1987.
408pp., paper, $16.95.
ISBN 0-7710-3745-7. CIP.

Subject Heading:
Morningside (Radio program).

Grades 10 and up / Ages 15 and up

Reviewed by Barbara J. Graham.

Volume 16 Number 2
1988 March

This is a second collection of letters, impressions and short fiction inspired by Gzowski's daily CBC radio program. Eminently entertaining and informative the diverse contributions and Gzowski's editorial comments are just the kind of episodic reading enjoyed by those with busy schedules and little time. The collection gives the reader an opportunity to appreciate more fully and freshly, in a palatable format, much of what Canada and being Canadian is all about. One reads of love of country from Red River Valley, Manitoba, to Lawrence Town Beach, Nova Scotia, to Salt Spring Island, British Columbia. One empathizes with those who are caught in "the adoption triangle," the sad plight of those who want to know more about their natural parents and parents who want to forget. One laughs, one cries and never forgets the essence of being human and humane. Gzowski simply doesn't let one.

What is really impressive is the quality of writing, the breadth of concern, the sheer readability of the letters of those who have responded to the author. One can understand why an English teacher would take the first collection to China and introduce it to her students, and one can understand why they in turn responded to Gzowski. This collection of essays, letters, short fiction, even poetry, will be a refreshing addition to a secondary school library collection. All teachers will find quotations and comments to enrich their own teaching.

Barbara J. Graham, Board of Education for the City of London, London, ON.
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