Two Trails Narrow

Two Trails Narrow

Book - 2008
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Two Trails Narrow follows the lives of two Algonquin half breeds, Ryman McGregor and Abraham Scott, who united as wannabe escapees from the harsh hands of the Jesuit priests at St. Xavier's Residential School outside Spaniards Bay on Lake Ontario. With the help of a kind man and Ryman's sister, they are successful in their escape from the priests and their RCMP trackers. Arriving home on the reserve had its good fortunes but also marked their partition. Their reunion takes place years later, when they are selected to serve as valuable Corporals of one of the best Canadian commando units in WWII. Set against the residential school experience for Native children and the looming shadow of the Second World War, Two Trails Narrow recounts the pain of a young generation of Natives who were pulled into the vortex of forced battle at home and overseas. Through the eyes of two Native soldiers, Ryman McGregor and Abraham Scott, Two Trails Narrow is a remembrance to the courage and depth of the human spirit in an era of hostilities.
Publisher: Penticton, BC : Theytus Books, c2008
ISBN: 9781894778367
Branch Call Number: FIC
Characteristics: 342 pages ; 23 cm


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Oct 12, 2015

Excellent novel, a real page-turner. The sections on life in a residential school, followed by drinking and fighting in the upper Ottawa Valley are convincing, but McGregor's descriptive powers are fully revealed when he turns to D-Day, the battles in Normandy and the liberation of Holland.

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