How I Spent My Summer Holidays

by W.o. Mitchell

McClelland & Stewart | March 27, 2000 | Trade Paperback

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When How I Spent My Summer Holidays was first published in 1981 a Western reviewer wrote: "If Who Has Seen the Wind told the story of a young boy's coming to terms with death, How I Spent My Summer Holidays tells of a young man's attempt to come to terms with his own sexuality and that of the world around him."

The twelve-year-old young man is Hugh, and in small-town Saskatchewan it is the hot summer of 1924. When Hugh and his friends dig a secret cave out on the Prairie, they soon find it occupied by an escaped patient from the mental hospital. Defying the adult world, the boys become involved with a former war hero and current rum-runner, King Motherwell, in sheltering and feeding the runaway. When passions aroused by sex explode into murder, Hugh leaves his boyhood behind him for ever.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 264 pages, 8.49 × 5.49 × 0.67 in

Published: March 27, 2000

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0771061102

ISBN - 13: 9780771061103

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How I Spent My Summer Holidays

by W.o. Mitchell

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 264 pages, 8.49 × 5.49 × 0.67 in

Published: March 27, 2000

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0771061102

ISBN - 13: 9780771061103

About the Book

When" How I Spent My Summer Holidays" was first published in 1981 a Western reviewer wrote: "If "Who Has Seen the Wind" told the story of a young boy's coming to terms with death, "How I Spent My Summer Holidays" tells of a young man's attempt to come to terms with his own sexuality and that of the world around him."
The twelve-year-old young man is Hugh, and in small-town Saskatchewan it is the hot summer of 1924. When Hugh and his friends dig a secret cave out on the Prairie, they soon find it occupied by an escaped patient from the mental hospital. Defying the adult world, the boys become involved with a former war hero and current rum-runner, King Motherwell, in sheltering and feeding the runaway. When passions aroused by sex explode into murder, Hugh leaves his boyhood behind him for ever.

From the Publisher

When How I Spent My Summer Holidays was first published in 1981 a Western reviewer wrote: "If Who Has Seen the Wind told the story of a young boy's coming to terms with death, How I Spent My Summer Holidays tells of a young man's attempt to come to terms with his own sexuality and that of the world around him."

The twelve-year-old young man is Hugh, and in small-town Saskatchewan it is the hot summer of 1924. When Hugh and his friends dig a secret cave out on the Prairie, they soon find it occupied by an escaped patient from the mental hospital. Defying the adult world, the boys become involved with a former war hero and current rum-runner, King Motherwell, in sheltering and feeding the runaway. When passions aroused by sex explode into murder, Hugh leaves his boyhood behind him for ever.

About the Author

W.O. Mitchell , the only Canadian author recognizable by initials alone, was born in Weyburn, Saskatchewan in 1914. Educated at the University of Manitoba, he lived most of his life in Saskatchewan, Ontario, and Alberta, where for many years he was the most renowned resident in High River. He and his wife, Merna, subsequently moved to Calgary. During a very varied career Bill Mitchell travelled widely and was everything from a Depression hobo to the fiction editor of Maclean ’ s . A gifted teacher, he was visiting professor at the University of Windsor for several years, and a creative writing instructor at the Banff Centre for many summers. His best-loved book is Who Has Seen the Wind . Since its publication in 1947 it has sold over half a million copies in Canada alone, and is hailed as the greatest Canadian book on boyhood. The classic edition, illustrated by William Kurelek, became a bestseller in 1991. Complementing that book is his 1981 best-seller How I Spent My Summer Holidays , hailed by some critics as his finest novel, although Since Daisy Creek (1984) and Ladybug, Ladybug …(1988), Roses Are Difficult Here (1990), For Art''s Sake (1992) and The Black Bonspiel of Willie MacCrimmon (1993), illustrated by Wesley W. Bates, were also well-received best-sellers. Besides The Kite (1962) and The Vanishing Point (1973), he was also noted for his two collections of short stories, Jake and the Kid (1962) and According to Jake and the Kid (1989). Based on the legen
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From Our Editors

How I Spent My Summer Holidays is W.O. Mitchell's pastoral myth about a 12-year-old boy who finds a secret cave out in the Saskatchewan prairie in 1924. Hugh and his friends lose their innocence forever after discovering it's the home an escaped homicidal mental patient. Mitchell is also the author of the Canadian classic Who Has Seen The Wind? His work has won the Stephen Leacock Award and he is an Officer of The Order of Canada.

Editorial Reviews

"Moving, vivid and exciting…a beautiful, rich and utterly fascinating novel."
-Windsor Star

"Bawdy and raunchy…an uncannily accurate feel for the emotional viewpoint of a 12-year old boy."
-The Globe and Mail

"Astonishing.…Mitchell turns the pastoral myth of prairie boyhood inside out."
-Toronto Star
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