The Englishman's Boy

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Grove Press, 2009 - Fiction - 333 pages
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Originally published in 1996, The Englishman's Boy is the first in a Guy Vanderhaeghe trilogy that includes the nationally best-selling novel The Last Crossing, with the third book due to be published next year. By far his most successful book in his native Canada, The Englishman's Boy expertly depicts an American West where greed and deception act side by side with honor and strength. In 1920s Hollywood, elusive movie studio owner Damon Ira Chance is obsessed with making pictures rooted in American history and experience, with the poetry of fact. So when he discovers that one of the most popular bit players in the Westerns is a real-life tin god--the last buffalo of the old West, Shorty McAdoo--he commissions an ambitious young screenwriter named Harry Vincent to hunt Shorty down and retell his story. Richly textured and evocative, this is an unforgettable story about power, greed, and the pull of dreams. At once an intensely original character study and a hugely entertaining page-turner, The Englishman's Boy is a gritty, resonant novel of timeless beauty and insight.
 

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User Review  - AJBraithwaite - LibraryThing

A haunting tale, cleverly mixing the early years of Hollywood with the earlier years of the Wild West. I enjoyed the portrayal of the conflicts between the director's politically-motivated 'vision' and the eyewitness's need for the 'truth' to be told. Read full review

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(Literary Fiction, Canadian) Amazon: “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 ... Read full review

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Guy Vanderhaeghe was born in Esterhazy, Saskatchewan, Canada on April 5, 1951. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and a Master of Arts degree in history from the University of Saskatchewan and a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Regina. His works include Man Descending, which won the Governor General's Award for English fiction and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize in Great Britain; My Present Age; The Englishman's Boy, which won the Governor General's Award for English fiction, the Saskatchewan Book Award Fiction prize, and the Saskatchewan Book of the Year Award; Homesick, which was a co-winner of the City of Toronto Book Award; and Daddy Lenin and Other Stories, which won the Governor General's Award for English fiction. His first play, I Had a Job I Liked. Once., won the Canadian Authors Association prize for the best drama published in 1993.

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