Canadian author and poet Chris Long has written an intriguing book about his childhood and teenage years. Long grew up on a farm in Berkshire, England during the prewar and wartime years in the 1930s and 1940s. The Japanese surrendered and World War II ended the day before Long became eligible for service.
In Glimpses of Long Ago: Growing Up in Wartime England, he has put together a number of vignettes of life back then, ranging from very personal memories (such as the death of his sister Pauline) to philosophical musings about his parents’ and his own spirituality to tidbits of historical detail (like the wartime limiting of hot water in baths to five inches) and detailed descriptions of harvesting grain in the days before tractor power was common place.
A lifelong student (at 84, Long is a familiar student at Douglas College, New Westminster, British Columbia), Long has interspersed Glimpses with eclectic information on a variety of topics ( how the Chinese first invented the horse collar sometime in the fifth century is an example) as well as with well researched and fully attributed quotes from scholars and poets where relevant. A full bibliography is included.

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ISBN: 9780981057941
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