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MacNEIL, Robert. Wordstruck : A Memoir. Unrevised and Unpublished Proof. N.pl.: Viking, (1989). Pp 232. 8vo, peach cardcovers. "Although I was born inMontreal, it was in Hialilax that I learned to talk and later to read and write. So it was as a Nova Scotian that I joined the English-speaking peoples: my first English came flavoured with a saltv tang and with odd names for things, like chesterfield for sofa." - p.2 Much on Halifax and environs throughout the book, with, naturally an emphasis on his early days in broadcasting. And, happily, books and reading also predominate, e.g. this passageon his father : "Whatever he was doing, his books were a constant; even wh en he was short of cash for anything else, like paying bills, books appeared. In fact, he used books to hide the bills he couldn't pay. Occasionally Ifound little nests of them when I pulled out a book. My mother said scornf ully that was Irish — dealing with unpleasant reality by putting it away somewhere, out of mind. She never knew which books to look behind. It made her both funous with him and tender. He always wrote on the flyleaf of each new book the date and where he was, so i can follow him: reading Chesterton just after they were married in November 1929, Scottish poets the followingspring, Conrad tnrough the eariy thirties, and Proust at sea in wartime — Swann's Way, 1941, in HMCS Dauphin; Within a Budding Grove, in 1944, aboardHMCS Columbia. Some books spent the war in sea bags and still show it. The re were always books and they were moved each time we moved. His brother, Corty, an artist, designed bookplates, and after the war, my father spent weeks pasting them into his books. He treated the bindings of his leatherbound books with oil to keep them supple. He loved the feel of books, good paper, well- sewn bindings; while still a small cniid I was hearing about half-calf and morocco bindings." - pp.11-12. Very good. 20.00
Title: Wordstruck : A Memoir. Unrevised and Unpubished Proof.
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