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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

This just barely made 3 stars for me. The first two chapters are nothing but pure violence. Two gangs of loggers get in a bar fight over who has the right of way down the river.

It is violent and written in sometimes hard to read dialect. Then, we are taken from that scene to the Glengarry manse whe

Fiction - an interesting book set in the early years of Canadian Confederation. The MacDonalds are a family on the Ottawa River. They are great rivermen, filled with pride, occasional drink and a fixed orthodoxy. There is a love story with Ranald and Maimie. The minister's wife plays a large role in

Wow! That was a good read!

I really felt rather ambivalent about reading this book. However, since my husband is Canadian - and from Ontario - I finally took the plunge last week. I'm very glad I did. A lot of insights but spiritually and culturally. The plot was pretty interesting - as it started wi

What lively characters, and so well portrayed. The writing is lovely! Full of description and imagery. Connor's skill with dialect is put to excellent use, making the characters and their interactions wedge themselves firmly into the imagination.

The first chapter was difficult to follow. There are s

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 you

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 cal

One of my favorite books. A great read!

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