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I am a retired chemistry professor, now living in Pointe Claire, Quebec. I spent my early years in and around the town of Ulverston in N.W. England. In 1963 I took up a position teaching Elementary and High School in Montreal. After four rewarding years in teaching, I returned to University, obtaining a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Rice University in the Spring of 1972. In my professional career, spent largely at John Abbott College, I wrote a series of in-house texts to accompany my innovative award winning approach to chemistry teaching. I also co-authored several research papers, review articles and a book - "The Role of Solvents in Chemical Reactions". Since retirement I have found time to indulge my passion for sports, cryptic crossword design, and when the grandchildren cooperate - writing fiction.
on Nov. 17, 2013 :
This short book of vignettes covering a span of several years in the life of a young boy growing up in Northern England directly after WWII has its moments of rascally amusement.
It is generally well written, and the author is descriptive with surroundings, painting wonderful images of the place and time. The only nit I have to pick is that, while the character of Henry is fleshed out fairly well, I felt the others could have been brought out more, and some of the dynamics of his family life weren’t all that clear to me. I suppose that may be because the stories are told from the point of view of Henry. However, I did get a little more insight into the relationship between his parents and grandparents near the end.
For the most part, though, this is a pleasant, gentle read that includes a bit of drama from time to time, which can be enjoyed by anyone.
(reviewed 57 days after purchase)