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Reluctant Pioneer: How I Survived Five Years in the Canadian Bush (Paperback)

Reluctant Pioneer: How I Survived Five Years in the Canadian Bush By Thomas Osborne, Roy MacGregor (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Thomas Osborne, Roy MacGregor (Foreword by)
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Thomas Osborne delivers a gripping account of 1870s Ontario pioneer life.

The view 16-year-old Thomas Osborne first had of Muskoka was at night, trudging alone with his even younger brother along unmarked primitive roads to find their luckless father who, in 1875, had decided to make a new start for his beleaguered family on some free land in the bush east of the pioneer village of Huntsville, Ontario. The miracle is that Thomas lived to tell the tale.

For the next five years Thomas endured starvation, falling through the ice and freezing, accidents with axes and boats, and narrow escapes from wolves and bears. Many years later, after returning to the United States, Osborne wrote down all his adventures in a graphic memoir that has become, in the words of author and journalist Roy MacGregor, an undiscovered Canadian classic.

Reluctant Pioneer provides a brooding sense of adventure and un- sentimental realism to deliver a powerful account of pioneer life where tragedies arrive as naturally as rain and where humour resides in irony.

About the Author

Thomas Osborne came as a teen in the 1870s from the United States to homestead with his father in Ontario's Muskoka. After five dramatic years he returned to the United States to live and work in Pennsylvania and New York. In 1938 he was killed by an automobile in San Diego, California.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781926577166
ISBN-10: 1926577167
Publisher: J. Patrick Boyer Book
Publication Date: June 11th, 2013
Pages: 264
Language: English
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