Out and About in Victoria's Neighbourhoods

Book - 2013
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Join beloved storyteller Anny Scoones as she sets out to discover the quaint and quirky charms of Victoria, BC. Not just a book of facts, Hometown is a gentle stroll through a diverse region with a fascinating and layered history. Observe, pause, ponder, and have what Anny likes to call "a little think" on the various characteristics and personalities of these areas. Consider not only how public art, beach creatures, monuments, heritage and historical features create a neighbourhood and contribute to a larger city, but also how they make us feel, how they move us.

Illustrated with 120 original watercolours by acclaimed artist Robert Amos, and featuring unique poems by Victoria's poet laureate, Janet Rogers, Hometown: Out and About in Victoria's Neighbourhoods presents Canada's most livable city as the locals see it.

Publisher: [Victoria, BC] : TouchWood Editions, c2013
ISBN: 9781771510004
Branch Call Number: 917.1128 S42h
Characteristics: 160 p. : col. ill. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Amos, Robert 1950-


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LaughingOne Oct 20, 2013

I wanted to really like this book, I did. And parts of it I do like. Scoones definitely favoured some neighbourhoods over others, which contributed to an uneven presentation. I appreciated her writing about some of my favourite things in Victoria; at the same time I wondered why she left so many others out, like the Galloping Goose trail, more about Chinatown, etc. Felt like she glossed over (or ignored) some things that may be more known. I live in Esquimalt and felt she gave it short shrift. We are more than a series of shops strung between two Tim Hortons. I did enjoy some of her descriptions, though others seem cloying to me. I don't know Anny Scoones but my impression of her was that she was in her late 70s, based on her writing style, words and tone. I was surprised to find out she is barely in her 50s. I had intended to check this book out and then probably buy copies to send to friends and relatives who don't live in Victoria. Changed my mind. I do love Robert Amos' illustrations.

rowanquincy Aug 30, 2013

I have lived in Victoria for 30 years and I still learned many new things from this book. Loved the stories. The paintings by Robert Amos were a great addition. I intend to buy copies to give as gifts.

ksoles Jul 19, 2013

In "Hometown," esteemed storyteller Anny Scoones strolls through the diverse neighbourhoods of Victoria, BC. She discusses their history, points out their main characteristics and discovers the quaint, quirky charms that lend each a unique personality. Scoones' prose reads smoothly and she effortlessly combines descriptions of public art, monuments and heritage sites to give a sense of immediacy to each area. However, her tone and approach remains so similar throughout each chapter that some paragraphs become tedious, especially in her longer chapters.

One hundred and twenty whimsical watercolours by the great Robert Amos accompany Scoones' writing. Though this sounds like a lot, I wished Amos had included more art and that at least one illustration graced every page. Ultimately, however, this book provides a lovely and authentic look at a beautiful city for both visitors and locals alike.

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