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Slow moving at times but was a good read for my research purposes. Everything you never wanted to know about driving a buggy through a Manitoba winter Moderatelyinteresting once I found out that the guy was writing about the area in MB where my mother was born. A classic.. Review to follow After the first couple essays, the author spends a lot of time talking about snow and snow drifts and much of the book is weather centric His natural curiosity is endearing, but the detailed observations can wear a little thin for a modern reader who s been able to see both Antarctica and the North Pole on TV her whole life But as he says in his essays, he s writing these primarily for his wife and daughter, and his devotion to his daughter specifically and his desire to see her learn about After the first couple essays, the author spends a lot of time talking about snow and snow drifts and much of the book is weather centric His natural curiosity is endearing, but the detailed observations can wear a little thin for a modern reader who s been able to see both Antarctica and the North Pole on TV her whole life But as he says in his essays, he s writing these primarily for his wife and daughter, and his devotion to his daughter specifically and his desire to see her learn about the world and nature and succeed in life is again endearing There are references to his advanced age and chronic illness, both unspecified, that lend a sense of urgency and poignancy to his desire to share his knowledge and experiences with her His sense of impending mortality is tangible, and yet he seems to risk an awful lot by traveling through extreme winter road conditions to spend barely a day each week with his family It s fascinating on several levels.Peter and Dan, of course, are the not wholly unsung heroes of the piece Grove knows he s got a good pair of horses in them, and he does show genuine care and concern for their welfare even as he drives them 45 miles each way through monumental snow drifts in 30 below temperatures You don t get much concrete information about the people in these stories, but the extraordinary feats these horses undertook so willingly for Grove may speak as much to his character as their own.ETA According to Wikipedia, his advanced age would be his early forties, and he ended up outliving his young daughter It was a different time I loved this book My loving of this book amused me immensely Basically, it s 150 pages describing snow And the wind, and the sky, but mostly snow I was thrilled at the description of every swirl, every drift, every crystal, because it was all so familiar I ve never lived in the prairies, but I ve lived in Edmonton and Ottawa and I ve seen the winter in all of its forms I ve waited for the bus for an hour in 40 windchill I ve walked to the store and to work against the wind and in a bliz I loved this book My loving of this book amused me immensely Basically, it s 150 pages describing snow And the wind, and the sky, but mostly snow I was thrilled at the description of every swirl, every drift, every crystal, because it was all so familiar I ve never lived in the prairies, but I ve lived in Edmonton and Ottawa and I ve seen the winter in all of its forms I ve waited for the bus for an hour in 40 windchill I ve walked to the store and to work against the wind and in a blizzard One day when I was 8 I missed the school bus and my friend and I decided to walk probably about 45 minutes, part of the way through a field with metre high drifts It was one of those cold, cold Edmonton days with no moisture in the air and the wind driving around carrying tiny glints of ice every which way I m surprised I didn t freeze any body parts off I d given my scarf to my friend and was making do with my hood in front of my face I ve had my eyelashes frozen togethertimes than I can count I can t say I enjoy it exactly, but, like Grove, I relish it Winter ought to be risky and uncomfortable, dazzling and yet prematurely dark Your wrists and ankles should ache when the snow creeps into your mittens or over the tops of your boots Roads should be, at least once or twice a season, icy or unploughed with visibility non existent Going out should involve twenty minutes of bundling up in half a dozen layers.We ve had hints of the Canadian winter before in sleighing trips in The History of Emily Montague and The Man from Glengarry, Christmas on the farm in The Mountain and the Valley, the unforgettable blizzard in the aftermath of the Halifax explosion in Barometer Rising, the snowball thrown by Boy Staunton in Fifth Business but those were like the early December snowfalls which come but melt away before you can get your toque out of the closet Over Prairie Trails is late January winter through and through These two excerpts from Patrick Lane s afterword explain what all of this means with respect to the CanLit canon Over Prairie Trails is an archetypal book It encapsulates the essence of the Canadian experience, the violence and beauty and severity of its seasons Alden Nowlan, the quintessential Canadian poet, once said that Canadians live in a country where simply to go outside is to risk death He was speaking of our winter, that most unique and ubiquitous of our seasons The cold and snow of our long winter separate us from other nations and other cultures and distinguish us from them In the heart of a Canadian winter the world is changed It becomes immutable, transformed into a kind of silence, stark and exquisitely beautiful It isolates us, stripping us of everything but ourselves.For Grove winter becomes a metaphor for our Canadian lives, a symbol of our struggle in the wilderness For Grove, to engage in that struggle is not simply an act of survival, rather it is a celebration of his ability to confront and endure I kept wanting to share with my mother who absolutely hates reading description I kept telling her how much she would hate this book since that s all it is Too bad I couldn t get her to agree to listen to me read any of it `Download Book ☋ Over Prairie Trails ⇥ In this book, Grove recalls his solitary and often perilous journeys by gorse and wagon over the thirty odd miles of Manitoba countryside that separated him from his wife and child during a year of hardship The Happy Child: Changing the Heart of Education Grove recalls his solitary and often perilous journeys by gorse and wagon over the thirty odd miles of Manitoba countryside that separated him from his wife and child during a year of hardship