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This is an auction for THE ENGLISHMAN'S BOY by Guy Vanderhaeghe.

"In alternating chapters, two narratives - one set in the American West, the other in Twenties Hollywood - gradually unfold and intersect. The Western saga centers around a boy who, after his English employer succumbs to a fever, attaches himself to a band of wolvers making their perilous way through hostile Indian territory into Canada. Fifty years later, in Hollywood, Saskatchewan native Harry Vincent is taken in hand by Rachel Gold, a so-called "new woman," as a scenarist for a studio headed by the mysterious and elusive Damon Ira Chance. Chance dreams of producing an epic Western in the tradition of his hero, D.W. Griffith, that will stand as a landmark of cinematic history. To this end, he hires Vincent to track down an old-timer whose story he is sure will lend itself to his purpose. This winner of the Governor General's award for fiction, Canada's top literary prize, has a sweeping scope and an evocative sense of time and place."
- Library Journal (US) review:

"The Englishman's Boy is an extraordinary achievement. It's a story within a story--a shimmering romance about the myth of movie-making in Hollywood in the 1920s and an account of a real-life massacre of First Nations people in Montana in the 1870s. Linking these two very different stories is an aging cowboy who as a young man acted as a guide for the American and Canadian trappers who perpetrated the massacre. Vanderhaeghe attempts to break the spell of Hollywood as mythmaker, expose the tragic reality that lurks behind this myth, and make readers look again at why we have bought into this myth."

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Paperback 1998.

316 pages.

Near new condition.

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There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston ?North following the auction.

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