The Desire of Every Living Thing: A Memoir

The Desire of Every Living Thing A Memoir At the age of eighty Don Gillmor s grandmother let slip the defining secret of her life her twin sister Jean was not her twin but her aunt and her family had emigrated from Scotland to Winnipeg to

  • Title: The Desire of Every Living Thing: A Memoir
  • Author: Don Gillmor
  • ISBN: 9780679310709
  • Page: 174
  • Format: Paperback
  • At the age of eighty, Don Gillmor s grandmother let slip the defining secret of her life her twin sister Jean was not her twin, but her aunt, and her family had emigrated from Scotland to Winnipeg to escape the stigma of her illegitimacy That revelation set Gillmor off on what seemed at first like the most personal of quests to track down his ancestors The Desire of EvAt the age of eighty, Don Gillmor s grandmother let slip the defining secret of her life her twin sister Jean was not her twin, but her aunt, and her family had emigrated from Scotland to Winnipeg to escape the stigma of her illegitimacy That revelation set Gillmor off on what seemed at first like the most personal of quests to track down his ancestors The Desire of Every Living Thing is also the story of the New World, the story of Winnipeg, the story of this country Both an evocative family memoir and a brilliant feat of historical imagination, the book s most moving theme is how the discarded past haunts and shapes our lives without us even noticing.

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    1. Found this book at my favourite used bookstore in Richmond Hill (Covernotes) and bought it because of the family secret premise. Little did I know that I would relate to the parts about Winnipeg so much. I now wonder which house on Windermere and Somerville I walked by every day to catch the bus on Pembina were the homes of Don Gillmor's family. Very well written. Loved the reference to tourism as the story we tell when company comes.

    2. How unfair! Pulling me into a story by writing about one's childhood city, evoking warm feelings and memorable haunts, some of which I have probably never been too, but allowing me to romanticize my youth and the amazing city of Winnipeg. If you ever happen to wander upon a book that outlines the history of your hometown, I can guarantee you won't put it down. (Learned so much, smiled so much ;o) Lots more than just history in this book the tribulations of getting old, immigrant experiences, gro [...]

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