I have been in Montreal for the past week. I’ve been wandering the narrow streets near the Jacques Cartier Bridge, the blue-collar area of east end Montreal. Charles the Bold, a novel by Canadian writer Yves Beauchemin, has taken me on a literary journey I didn’t want to end.
Charles the Bold is the compelling story about a boy growing up against a backdrop of political events in Quebec. Deep into the night I followed Charles Thibodeau from his birth in l966 until he reached high school. I didn’t want to leave Charles. I loved his charm, his intelligence and his courage.
Happily I didn’t have to say goodby to Charles. Our Ladner Library had volume two The years of Fire and volume three A Very Bold Leap. Today I have started A Very Bold Leap. I am trying to read slowly. To stay with Charles, to walk with him through the streets of Montreal.