Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The Englishman's Boy by Guy Vanderhaeghe

The Englishman's Boy is set in the Old West and Hollywood, was awarded the Governor General's Award in Canada in 1997. It tells the story of Shorty McAdoo, a Canadian cowboy caught up in an 1873 Indian slaughter, who goes on to become a movie star in the 1920s. Portrayed as an example of the American frontier by studio publicists, McAdoo has to hide the sinister elements of his early life on the range. The storytelling was exceptional and I really enjoyed the Hollywood scenes.

5 Stars

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