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Glengarry School Days

Ralph Connor

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Glengarry School Days, hugely popular in its time, is based on his memories of growing up in rural Ontario around the time of Canadian confederation. Although Connor saw himself as writing moral fiction for adults, generations of younger readers have also enjoyed these affectionate and gently amusing sketches, and excerpts from Glengarry School Days have appeared in school anthologies.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . ., it somehow slipped through his fingers to the floor. This was too much for Jimmie, who only saved himself from utter disgrace by promptly seizing his nose and holding on for dear life. Thomas gave Jimmie a passing glare and straightened himself up for his work. With a furious frown he cleared his throat and began in a solemn, deep-toned roar, "Dear teacher, learning with regret that you are about to sever your connection," etc., etc. All went well until he came to the words, "We beg you to accept this gift, not for its intrinsic value," etc., which was the cue for Betsy Dan. But Betsy Dan was engaged in terrorizing Jimmie, and failed to come in, till, after an awful pause, Thomas gave her a sharp nudge, and whispered audibly, "Give it to him, you gowk." Poor Betsy Dan, in sudden confusion, whipped her hand out from under her apron, and thrusting a box at the master, said hurriedly, "Here it is, sir." As Thomas solemnly concluded his address, a smile ran round the room, . . . Read More

Community Reviews

What did I think? That is a hard question to answer!

My connection to Canada has never really overcome my antipathy to hockey and so three chapters devoted to shinny (a precursor to hockey) felt like three too many and the book was so different from "The Man from Glengarry" - that is to say, it wasn'

I’m glad I read “The Man from Glengarry” before reading this. While this was a sweet set of stories about growing up in a tight-knit frontier community in Ontario, I enjoyed knowing the rest of the story first. I may not have been as intrigued to read these, if I had not read the novel first, which

It feels like the Edwardian times in Canada, similar to Lucy Maud Montgomery's books. A very wholesome approach about love, family and friends who will be there by your side.

This book was from the Canadian Challenge. I did enjoy reading about early days of the children's school days. The first Master, or teacher was well loved, and given a party of farewell. The next Master was very cruel to the children, and I felt anger at his treatment of the boys. Thomas stood up fo

This was a pleasant and quick read. Drawing on his childhood memories the author has written of small community life in the Ontario of the 1860s. The school and young Hughie Murray are the main focus of these stories. From tales of spelling bees, games of shinny, afternoons at the swimming hole, to

This book was worth reading for the shinny chapters alone. Hockey takes its place within the Canadian canon. Longer review to come when I have some time. Eight and a half out of ten for the shinny rivalry, six out of ten for Hughie's moral journey, three out of ten for the butchery of the bear, two

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