CHARLES THE BOLD . . . the coming of age of an extraordinary Montreal boy

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 an extraordinary literary journey.   A journey so compelling  I didn’t want it to end.

Charles the Bold is about a boy growing up against a backdrop of political events in Quebec.  Deep into the night it turned the pages and  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.     I  read veryslowly.  To savor every word, to stay with Charles, to walk with him on this journey.

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