By Miriam Toews
Existence in Winnipeg didn’t cross as deliberate for Knute and her daughter. yet residing again in Algren along with her mom and dad and dealing for the longtime mayor, Hosea Funk, has its personal demanding situations: Knute unearths herself combined up with Hosea’s makes an attempt to accomplish his dream of assembly the leading Minister — whether that implies preserving the town’s inhabitants at a good 1500. Bringing to lifestyles small-town Canada and all its larger-than-life characters, A Boy of excellent Breeding is a big-hearted, hilarious novel approximately checking out the place you belong.
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The caribou were back on the treeless plains, four days' journey away. We were now faced with a decision to make. We must select the route we would take into the interior. We would have to find a chain of connecting lakes and rivers in order to avoid as much as possible carrying our equipment overland. To the east lay a range of steep hills which rose from the plateau in a north-and-south direction as far as the eye could reach. We must either climb over them or find a way through them in order to reach the naked expanse of the highland.
Iron discipline was necessary, for the weight of the dogs was so disposed as to counterbalance the weight of the rest of the cargo, and it would take very little moving about on their part to ship water into the canoe. The eternal problem of the trapper is to obtain feed for his dogs, but we experienced few worries on this score during our voyage down Great Slave Lake. We kept trollinglines out most of the time and, as a rule, had a splendid catch of trout every morning when we stepped ashore. But it was not until after we had left the islands behind that the trout began to bite in earnest.
Nor are these places much to attract the eye. Everything about them smacks of itching, scratching, boring half-civilization. We hung round down by the river for several days, revelling in our new freedom to do as we wished with our time and saying good-by to skippers, wood-toting, and all that sort of thing. The Hudson's Bay Company had just begun the construction of a heavy eighty-foot cargo barge, and a whole gang of men under a roaring boss were frantically at work. We lit our pipes, found ourselves a couple of stumps to sit on, and with keen interest watched them at their gruelling toil.
A Boy of Good Breeding by Miriam Toews