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By Charles Ritchie

ISBN-10: 0771075251

ISBN-13: 9780771075254

Charles Ritchie’s first quantity of diaries, The Siren Years, created a sensation while it used to be released in 1974. in addition to successful the Governor General’s Award for Non-fiction, it was once hailed by way of reviewers on either side of the Atlantic. An urge for food for all times, his moment quantity, first released in 1977, offers together with his early life in Halifax and his occupation at Oxford – the years while Charles Ritchie became from a callow, blundering adolescence right into a callow, blundering younger man.

As those diaries express, Charles Ritchie had a pointy eye, a prepared ear, a hugely built feel of the absurd, and – regardless of his unsatisfied knack of touchdown ?at on his face – an intensive “appetite for life.”

This is not just a hilariously humorous e-book, however it offers a brilliant photograph of 2 worlds – Halifax and Oxford within the mid-twenties – which are now gone. It additionally introduces us to an brilliant variety of characters, however the so much magnificent of all is the younger Charles Ritchie himself.

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Of course they’re only small kids. When we got back to the stables I could not help saying to William that I had made a fool of myself before the students by riding back. He said, “You wouldn’t be paying attention to a set of jackasses laughing. ” This bucked me up considerably. Peter is living in residence at King’s. He got his grandparents to consent. I don’t wonder he likes it. When I went up to his room this morning he was still in bed, half-naked, smoking a cigarette at 12:15. His room was in a hell of a mess too.

31 January 1925. Peter has written a love letter to Katherine but so far has had no reply. In the evening Colonel Almon came out. I admire him because he is so distinguished-looking and such a man of the world and so witty. He makes the most amusing puns. His clothes are beautifully made in London. Much as I admire him, I am not at my ease with him but feel awkward and self-conscious, and fancy he must think me freakish. His wife, Cousin Mollie, is a very charming person and much easier for me to talk to.

Also, for reasons which will become obvious, names of certain persons have had to be changed. It is with some trepidation that I introduce my earlier self to the reader in the hope that his company may prove enlivening. For, with all his faults and absurdities, he had a great appetite for life, and not least for the comedy of life. R. Chester, Nova Scotia June 1977 PART 1 HALIFAX 1924–1925 19 September 1924. I spent the morning trying to write a short story. ” I wanted to tell someone and went down to the library.

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