Raisin Wine: A Boyhood in a Different Muskoka (Paperback)
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A warm, at times hilarious, yet dark childhood memoir from a bestselling author.
This memoir recalls the boyhood years of Ontario’s future lieutenant-governor, living in a dilapidated old house complete with outdoor toilet and coal oil-lamp lighting. Behind the outrageous stories, larger-than life-characters, and descriptions of the mores of a small village in the heart of Ontario’s cottage country are flashes of insight from the perspective of a child that recall the great classic Who has Seen the Wind by W.O. Mitchell.
But why "a different Muskoka?" Because the boy was a half-breed kid. Visits to his mother’s reserve showed him that he was caught between two worlds. His mother’s fight with depression flowed from that dilemma. His father — the book’s main character — was a lovable, white, working class, happy-go-lucky guy who never had any money but who made the best home brew in the village — and his specialty was raisin wine.
Like that raisin wine, this unusual book goes down easily and has a kick to it.
About the Author
James K. Bartleman went on to have a very distinguished career in Canada’s foreign service, described in his books On Six Continents and Rollercoaster. He is the Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario.
Praise for Raisin Wine: A Boyhood in a Different Muskoka…
Praise for James K. Bartleman:
“Candid and engaging.”
— Globe and Mail
“Bartleman’s style is straightforward, but he has a wry sense of humour and no qualms about recounting his own missteps.”
— Quill & Quire