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The Man from Glengarry; a tale of the Ottawa

Ralph Connor

Book Overview: 

We follow the story of Ranald Macdonald, who is shaped by family and community in rural eastern Ontario in the early decades after Canadian confederation. This is a book about the making of men, but also, ultimately, about the making of a nation, as the mature Ranald moves west to take a leadership role in the fledgling province of British Columbia.

The Man from Glengarry features adventure and romance, and is, above all, a work of serious moral purpose. "Ralph Connor" was the pen-name of the Reverend Charles Gordon, a prominent Canadian minister, and his stories are woven through with his religious convictions.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Duncie MacBain!" exclaimed his wife, contemptuously; "great, big, soft lump, that he is. Why, he's a man, as big as ever he'll be."

"Who broke the Little Church windows till there wasn't a pane left?" pursued the minister, unheeding his wife's interruption.

"It wasn't Ranald that broke the church windows, papa," piped Hughie from above.

"How do you know, sir? Who did it, then?" demanded his father.

"It wasn't Ranald, anyway," said Hughie, stoutly.

"Who was it, then? Tell me that," said his father again.

"Hughie, go to your room and stay there, as I told you," said his mother, fearing an investigation into the window-breaking episode, of which Hughie had made full confession to her as his own particular achievement, in revenge for a broken window in the new church.

"I think," continued Mr. Murray, as if closing the discussion, "you'll find that your Ranald is not the modest, shy, gentle young man . . . Read More

Community Reviews

The rough and tumble lives of men and women in the years of Ontario, Canada's growth are focused on, especially those in the lumbering business. Their lives are deeply influenced by the godly example of the local minister's wife. I adore how she expresses her faith in loving and bold ways to the...more

About as didactic and religious and wildly, nationalistically optimistic as you'd expect from 1901 CanLit.

Wonderful. Reminiscent of Freckles but with greater scope, this book was a poignant journey along the road to manhood

Important historical work set in the 1800s in the Belleville area settled by Scots from Glengarry. Lumbermen, shanties, log drives, and maple sugar times combines with the earnest heart of a preacher's wife as she helps a local young man find his way to reach his full potential and find his true...more

Very interesting story of the Ontario/Quebec - Protestant/R.Catholic issues of the 20's in Canada. Explains much of the mutual antagonisms and distrust on both sides. Writing is dated, but revealing for the time period.

Years and years ago, I picked this book up in a used bookstore. When I read it, I loved it so much that I've been hunting for Ralph Connor books ever since!

One of my favorite books. A great read!

I would have enjoyed this book much more if it were lighter on the religious aspects, although it does portray the sense of community in small rural areas of the time. Many wonderful descriptions throughout the book of how life was, although a few phrases/events that the author took for granted a...more

A sermon, a funeral, a conversion, a Christian "revival": Tedious, painful torture. One star.

A young man and his friends being young people in Quebec City: Great fun, enjoyable. Eight stars.

A young man establishing himself in his career (and his love life) and single-handedly making sure Confeder...more

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