Title: Sawbones Memorial. First Edition in dustjacket.
Publisher:  McClelland and Stewart , Toronto , 1974, ISBN:0771077475
Seller ID: 15882
ROSS, Sinclair. Sawbones Memorial. (Toronto): McClelland and Stewart Limited, (1974). First Printing. Pp. (8),9-140,(4). 8vo, maroon cloth with silverlettering to spine. Latham, Sinclair Ross: An Annotated Bibliography A4, S padoni & Donnelly 2595. A novella by Sinclair Ross (b. January 22, 1908, near Shellbrook, near Prince Albert, Saskatchewan - d. February 29, 1996, Vancouver), distinguished Canadian author. "We begin at the end of a career. Doc Hunter is retiring and the townsfolk are gathered to say good-bye and tocelebrate the opening of the town's new hospital. It is here, in the steam ing atmosphere of the hospital patients' lounge, that the delusive triumphsand petty indiscretions of a lifetime meld together over drinks and best w ishes for the future. Upward, Saskatchewan, in 1948 is a typical town of the Canadian past (and present) -- difficult to leave, easy to disparage, nearly impossible to come back to. It is a town thriving on gossip, full of closely guarded secrets and precious dreams. In this major new novel, Sinclair Ross recreates the feelings and events of Upward and Doc Hunter with the thread of social dialogue and a stream of consciousness that runs swift anddeep over dreams and memories that cannot yield themselves up to public or even private utterance. And by the end, when the party is over, the reader leaves sharing Doc Hunter's clear, unsparing insight into these people, an insight tempered by compassion and leavened by humour, as the townsfolk st and revealed in all their aspects -- spiteful, splendid, petty, sordid, earthy, shrewd, generous... in short, extremely human." - from the dustjacket.Very good in nicked, unclipped dustjacket. 20.00