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Woodsmen of the West (1908)

by Martin Allerdale Grainger

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    thesmellofbooks: Each of these works is a detailed and caring portrait of a time and place the authors knew well. Work and landscape, character and culture, vividly and beautifully depicted.

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Grainger was writing fiction but includes himself by name in the narrative. He did work as a lumberman and his experiences provided him with the details about life cutting timber in the British Columbia forests in the early years of the 20th Century. Try to imagine cutting down the monster Douglas Fir towering 200 feet into the sky and 15 feet in circumference with axes and a crosscut saw in rain & snow. Once it was down, you had to move it to the water by hand where you tied it with others into a boom for the tow down the coast to the mill in Vancouver. Truly the life lived by a hardy man. ( )
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Adderson, CarolineAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 077103461X, Mass Market Paperback)

When Woodsmen of the West first appeared in 1908, most readers could not relate to its rendering of the rough edges of logging-camp life. M. Allerdale Grainger refused to sentimentalize the West – he drew from life. While his dramatic and loosely structured tale is at heart a love story, it also tells of what happens when the novel’s British narrator encounters a small-time logging operator whose obsession with lumber is matched by his lust for power over other men.

Today the novel is recognized as marking a significant shift in fiction written in and about the Canadian West. The accuracy of its detail makes it one of the finest examples of local realism in Canadian writing. It is also a fascinating chronicle of conflicting personalities, and of the genius of British Columbia hand-loggers, the culture of camp life, and the intrigues and corruption of the lumber business at the turn of the century.

The New Canadian Library edition is an unabridged reprint of the original text, complete with the original photographs.

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