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Bannock Beans and Black Tea: Memories of a Prince Edward Island Childhood… (2004)

por John Gallant, Seth (Ilustrador)

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A stark, brutally honest memoir illustrated by one of the world's great cartoonists. This is a gripping and poignant memoir recounting one boy's experiences of deprivation and poverty growing up in a rural farming village during the Great Depression. The short stories are written by John Gallant and illustrated by his son Seth, better know to many as the New Yorker illustrator and award-winning D+Q cartoonist behind the books It's a Good Life, If You Don't Weaken and the sumptuous VernacularDrawings. Written with a concise honesty and clarity, the stories reveal the sad reality of a boy growing up in brutal social and economic conditions.… (más)
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Found this book in my local library and picked it up ahead of my upcoming trip to Prince Edward Island just to "get the feel" for the place. It turned out to be a really quick and enjoyable read, filled with gentle humour and some eye-opening super-short stories and illustrations. Even though there is a lot of poverty and struggle to survive throughout this book, there are also a lot of moments that will make you smile or even laugh out loud. And it is quite obvious that this was the author's intention: to give people a giggle and to remind everyone we need to appreciate what we have, even if we don't have a lot. Lovely read, important message behind it, too; highly recommended to all ages. ( )
  justine28 | May 4, 2016 |
I took this book out of the library because I wanted to read something set in PEI that wasn't written by L. M. Montgomery. Don't get me wrong; I am a fan of Montgomery's but I've read everything she has written. I didn't know until I got it home that one of Canada's best known illustrators of graphic novels was involved with this book. The author, John Gallant, is Seth's father and it was at Seth's urging that his father wrote down some of the stories he used to tell his children. When Seth was young he thought the stories were great fun but as he got older he realized that they were "tales of desperation".

The family circumstances of dire poverty probably had a great deal to do with the economic conditions but John Gallant also blames his father who did nothing to try to support his wife and children. And being good Catholics a new baby came along regularly. The Catholic church also come in for its fair share of criticism because the local priest lived in luxury and would not help out his parishioners. John Gallant was only able to go to Grade II in school but he lifted himself out of poverty and obtained an education. And, unlike his father, he was obviously a great parent. ( )
  gypsysmom | Dec 9, 2013 |
The author's son Seth, who has ingeniously written the foreword in comic-book style, remembers when he was a child and his Dad told stories of his childhood in the Depression they were made to sound like adventures. Only when Seth became adult he realized they were not adventures, but desperation and wretched poverty.

John Gallant has put the same stories in writing, which makes it obvious that this was no life of adventure, but of survival. This beautiful little book has hand-drawn illustrations by the author and a font that appears to have been printed by a youthful hand. I commend Gallant for being able to share his stories, and reminding those of us who did not experience the Great Depression, just how fortunate we are. Unforgettable. ( )
2 vota VivienneR | Aug 30, 2011 |
This book is a series of very short stories about the author growing up very poor on Prince Edward Island. It is a beautiful little book and wonderfully illustrated by the authors son. The book deals with poverty and hunger and shows how these were dealt with.

The writing in very simple and to the point. ( )
  fmgee | Aug 16, 2011 |
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I renamed myself "Seth" many years ago but my real name is Gregory Gallant. (Foreword)
The following short stories are taken from the early life of Johnny Wilfred—that's me. (Introduction)
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A stark, brutally honest memoir illustrated by one of the world's great cartoonists. This is a gripping and poignant memoir recounting one boy's experiences of deprivation and poverty growing up in a rural farming village during the Great Depression. The short stories are written by John Gallant and illustrated by his son Seth, better know to many as the New Yorker illustrator and award-winning D+Q cartoonist behind the books It's a Good Life, If You Don't Weaken and the sumptuous VernacularDrawings. Written with a concise honesty and clarity, the stories reveal the sad reality of a boy growing up in brutal social and economic conditions.

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