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The Lane That Had No Turning

Gilbert Parker

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164 pages. Dimensions: 9.0in. x 6.0in. x 0.4in.An excerpt: The Right Hon. Sir Wilfrid Laurier G. C. M. G. Dear Sir Wilfrid Laurier, Since I first began to write these tales in 1892, I have had it in my mind to dedicate to you the bundle of life when it should be complete. It seemed to me--and it seems so still--that to put your name upon the covering of my parcel, as one should say, In care of, when it went forth, was to secure its safe and considerate delivery to that public of the Empire which is so much in your debt. But with other feelings also do I dedicate this volume to yourself. For many years your name has stood for a high and noble compromise between the temperaments and the intellectual and social habits of two races; and I am not singular in thinking that you have done more than most other men to make the English and French of the Dominion understand each other better. There are somewhat awkward limits to true understanding as yet, but that sympathetic service which you render to both peoples, with a conscientious striving for impartiality, tempers even the wind of party warfare to the shorn lamb of political opposition. In a sincere sympathy with French life and character, as exhibited in the democratic yet monarchical province of Quebec, or Lower Canada (as, historically, I still love to think of it), moved by friendly observation, and seeking to be truthful and impartial, I have made this book and others dealing with the life of the proud province, which a century and a half of English governance has not Anglicised. This series of more or less connected stories, however, has been the most cherished of all my labours, covering, as it has done, so many years, and being the accepted of my anxious judgment out of a much larger gathering, so many numbers of which are retired to the seclusion of copyright, while reserved from publication. In passing, I need hardly say that the Pontiac of this book is an imaginary place, and has no association with the real Pontiac of the Province. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory # 9781847022073

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Title: The Lane That Had No Turning

Publisher: Echo Library

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:New

Book Type: Paperback

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1913. Part Eleven of Eighteen Volumes. Gilbert, Canadian-born novelist and politician, his literary reputation lies primarily on his earlier descriptive, dramatic and historic Canadian stories. He moved to England in 1889 and later served in Parliament. Parker explains that in this edition of his work, each volume will have a special introduction setting forth, as far as possible, the relation of each work to the author, to its companion works, and to the scheme of his literary life. The Lane That Had No Turning and other associated tales concerning the people of Pontiac; together with certain parables of a province are written in keeping with the happily simple and uncomplicated life of French Canada as the author knew it then. The stories in this volume, such as The Tragic Comedy of Annette are written with simple realism, while at the end of the volume are nine fantasies or stories, titled The Parables of the Provinces. While Parker believes these fantasies also possess the spirit of French Canada, they are more or less mystical in nature. See other titles by this author available from Kessinger Publishing.

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Gilbert Parker (1862-1932) was born in Camden East, Canada West (Ontario). After his move to England in 1890, he began the two careers for which he is best known today: the British director of American propaganda during the Great War and the author of thirty popular novels, most of them historical romances, including "The Seats of the Mighty" (1896).

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