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The Low Life: 5 Great Tales from up and down the River

by Brian Doyle

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The books are presented in this volume chronologically by the time period in which they happen. However I am reading them in the chronological order in which they were written, which is not the same.

Up to Low - This little book is more than that it seems at first glance. Ultimately it is the story of a boy's first love and his new understanding of death. Set in the 1950's Gatineau Hills country of Quebec, the book concerns an Irish family. Told in a tall tale format, the narrative is exaggerated and over the top until it takes a more serious tone near the end. At times funny, at others profound, I enjoyed this little book and will be trying more by the author. (3/5)
  ElizaJane | May 13, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0888993838, Hardcover)

Young readers will delight in this beautiful collector's edition containing five classic novels from Brian Doyle, the recipient of numerous literary awards. In Angel Square, young Tommy confronts the issue of racism after his best friend’s father is beaten up because he’s a Jew. In Up to Low, young Tommy and Baby Bridget, the girl with the trillium-shaped eyes, discover that living, healing, and dying are not always what they seem. Easy Avenue, based on Great Expectations, finds Hubbo O’Driscoll torn between his poor but fun friends and the rich but shallow kids. In Covered Bridge, the local covered bridge — home to a wayward ghost and her lovelorn postman — is threatened by development, and Hubbo must devise a strategy to save it. Finally, Uncle Ronald tells the story of Old Mickey, who is 112 years old. He can’t remember what he ate for lunch today, but he can remember every detail of what happened one hundred years ago, when he and his mother ran away from his violent father to take refuge in the hills north of Ottawa. "[Brian Doyle’s] stories are funny beyond words and not occasionally heartbreaking in the same way." — The Globe and Mail

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