How I Spent My Summer Holidays by W.o. Mitchell

How I Spent My Summer Holidays

byW.o. Mitchell

Paperback | March 27, 2000

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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.

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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 C...
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Title:How I Spent My Summer HolidaysFormat:PaperbackDimensions:264 pages, 8.49 × 5.49 × 0.67 inPublished:March 27, 2000Publisher:McClelland & StewartLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0771061102

ISBN - 13:9780771061103

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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.

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“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