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Braithwaite, Max.

Toronto. McClelland and Stewart. c1986. 220pp. cloth, $1955, ISBN-7710-1612-3.CIP

Grade 12 and up
Reviewed by Marion Miutis

Volume 14 Number 4
1986 July

This relatively short novel is a real joy to read. It is well written and can be easily finished in one sitting. Set in Saskatchewan in 1980, it tells the story of Hugh Windmar, a famous playwright, who returns home after forty years to attend a family reunion. Through his eyes we relive his youthful life on the prairies in the 1920's and early 1930's, his first teaching position in a dusty rural Saskatchewan town in 1937, his seduction by his landlady, his first love affair that still haunts him forty years later, and the beginnings of his career as a writer. We also come to know his parents and his brothers and sisters. As the story progresses, Hugh sets aside past hard feelings, lays old ghosts, and finds the answers to some old questions.

The novel is successful for all of the right reasons. It does not indulge in gratuitous violence, explicit sex, or raw language, and yet it is witty, literate, realistic, compassionate, and funny. At the end of his visit, Hugh is glad he went home to see his family and we are too. Read it.

Marion Miutis, Bonar Law Memorial School, Rexton, N.B.
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