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The Carving of Canada

A Tale of Parliamentary Gothic, by Munroe Scott

What Readers Have To Say

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"[The Carving of Canada] is terrific, and the concept of the 'story teller' a powerful means of presenting the tale of the carvers."
- Shirley Van Dusen, Canadian artist, Ottawa.

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"It is a difficult feat to tell a story in a mythical voice so far removed from the historian's or biographer's all-encompassing voice. The author walks a thin, taut wire which would trip most writers. Munroe Scott never falters.....By the time the author reaches the conclusion of this charming and thoughtful book, he has shown us that carving a country and building a civilization are time-consuming and complex acts performed by wise and talented people - artists, politicians and voters, in other words, all Canadians."
- R.B.Fleming, Ph.D. (Author of The Railway King of Canada - Sir William Mackenzie 1849 - 1923) and other historical works

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" ... a very readable book, beautifully illustrated ... a true educational experience ... The well researched facts present an excellent tribute to Eleanor the Sculptor and to her associate carvers and other artists. The Carving of Canada should persuade readers to seek out and to remember the extraordinary treasures created by those gifted people. I highly recommend this book."
- Doris G. Etherington, B.A., M.Ed., Former Master of Peterborough Teacher's College. Former Assistant Professor of English, Department of Education, Queen's University. Former Secondary School Head of English Department

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"This is a remarkable telling of the story of Canada, but even more remarkable is the number of themes touched on which are universal: the visionary vs. the philistine; the practical challenges of building with stone; the inevitable resentments of men and women working together; the environmental/aesthetic costs of imposing modern technologies onto structures designed for an earlier age; the physical frailty and frustrated romance of the great artist. Despite the broad scope the story is never trite, but is full of hope and positive thinking. In these days of national pessimism it should be compulsory reading for all! The ending is particularly beautiful -- because Youth and Girl share a dream which will be realized."
- E. Smith, B.A., B.Ed., and Library Specialist. Secondary School Teacher, Lindsay, Ont. Past-Chairman of LACAC. Past-President of the Victoria County Historical Society. Delegate to the International Conference on Education and the Built Environment, held at Cambridge University, England.

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"Beautifully written and illustrated, this book should stimulate interest not only in this remarkable woman, but in the Parliament Buildings, and, indeed, in our history and government."
- G. Wills, B.Ed., B.Sc., author of A Place To Call Home and Moon Hall

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"The book would tie in with the study of Canadian history, women's studies and Canadian art. "
- D. Lansdell, Chief Librarian, Lindsay Public Library.

detail of stained glass window in House of Commons

"...writing....is superb; there are flashes of brilliance."
- O.B. Wilson, M.D. Family practitioner (ret'd), Manotick, Ont.

 
 

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