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Kathleen's Cariole Ride [Kindle Edition]

Margaret Kell Virany , Anne Creighton , Paula Virany
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Book Description

Author Margaret Kell Virany finds a romantic love story from the roaring Twenties buried in letters, journals, diaries and photos left to her by her parents. This 70-page e-book with 12 authentic photos pins readers’ eyes to a spark of attraction ignited in World War I that develops into an eternal flame in the snowy expanses and frozen lakes of up North with Manitoba’s Cree people.
As a travel story it reveals the excitement of serving in action with the Canadian Navy in WWI, flying from London to Paris in 1917, crossing the Atlantic on steamships, canoeing up the fur trade route, and going on a winter trek in a cariole. This is the ancient, original toboggan aboriginals invented in the high Arctic to be pulled by dog teams. It was large and comfortable, to be used on special occasions or for special people. The French Canadians in the 19th century renamed it a cariole and sometimes pulled it by horses.
Another facet of the story is the account of life on a Swampy Cree reservation and the positive role of missionaries in that era.
Virany has kept much of the material from her 188-page book, A Book of Kells, but Kathleen’s Cariole Ride focuses only on her parents' exciting love story and life with the Natives. The rewritten, restructured book has a new theme, many photos and is half the size of the original.
The author’s parents were an unlikely pair. Kathleen Ward was a city councillor's daughter from Portsmouth, England (pop. 190,000) and John Ambrose Campbell Kell (JACK or Jack) was a farmer from Cookstown, Ontario, Canada (pop. 550 not counting the pigs, horses and cows). They met in 1917 when her father, a Sunday School teacher, invited some colonial servicemen home for tea.
Nostalgia and facts are relived intimately as the story moves on past the tragedies of war to the impossibility of a transatlantic courtship conducted over 5,000 miles between fog and bog. With many adventures, 72 flimsy letters get through and Cupid’s will is done. She asks him to come over for another look before she decides and he does, twice.
The story doesn’t end there. A baby is born after Virany digs deeply into her literary skills to describe the cariole ride that gets them to hospital after a preposterous winter trek. When the baby is one-and-one half years old the family leaves the North to live a more usual life farther south.
This love story is in the knight-and-lady courtly love tradition. Basically, what Jack and Kathleen had in common was that they had read the same books (good, classical ones and the Bible). Texting in those days meant you lived by a text. They honestly tried to behave well, they stuck to their marriage vows, were best friends and rescued each other when they got into trouble. They knew how lovers behaved in great tragedies and comedies. Theirs was a comedy. They were together for over 60 years and died natural deaths at over age 90.

Editorial Reviews


"Virany's account of her parents' adventures is riveting."
Ellen Tanner Marsh, New York Times bestselling author.

From the Author

In this book I have kept much of the material from my family memoir, A Book of Kells: Growing Up in an Ego Void, without its autobiographical trappings. In Kathleen's Cariole Ride I've just helped my parents tell their story of love, transatlantic courtship and daring adventure in their own words. I was overwhelmed by what they kept and felt they wanted me to pass along their life story.

Product Details

  • File Size: 902 KB
  • Print Length: 120 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Virany & Virany (CreateSpace) (December 17, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006NFSYV8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,295,467 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars lovely story! March 3, 2012
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It is a beautiful love story, quick read and meaningful pictures that really capture your heart. I'm not familiar with the Canadian landscape, but this makes me want to research more!
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4.0 out of 5 stars CANADIAN HISTORY COMES ALIVE February 4, 2012
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book on the author's parents and their short sojourn in Northern Canada 90 years ago breathes life into a picture of native relations, missionary fever, and northern living some 90 years ago. I found the story to be captivating and enjoyable - the story line is clear and focused, and it is written with a sense of excitement and involvement that captures the reader's attention. The fact that the author is writing a brief history of her own parents in rough living conditions and with a different set of cultures show how much the background of our north has changed in less than a century.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A vivid portrayal January 16, 2012
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A vivid portrayal of the idealism, optimism, earnestness and romanticism of a young couple. He, returned from fighting in The Great War (1914-1918) and she, an English city girl, willing to become a minister's wife in Canada's northern forests.

I loved it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Story in Canada's North January 12, 2012
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Margaret Kell Virany tells in superb writing style her family story, notable that of her mother Kathleen, a courageous British women who made immense personal sacrifices, left everything behind - family, friends and way of life - to follow her husband in 1927, as (probably) the last war bride from WWI right into the Northern Canadian Wilderness to help evangelize the First Nation Indians.

War brides, moved thousands of miles away - usually to Canadian cities, villages and farms - joining their husband, a man they barely knew. Kathleen's future husband, a minister, worked and lived on the extremely remote reservation of Oxford House, Manitoba, in Canada's northern wilderness, close to Hudson Bay.

After Margaret Kell Virany's parents died, she found diaries, photographs and love letters that let us peek into a fascinating social history, describing challenges and details of pioneer life on this Northern reserve and struggle in a minister's family.

Many touching stories and exciting details include canoe trips along the old fur trade route, generous native neighbors, a dangerous journey to the hospital in mid-winter on a horse drawn toboggan to deliver her baby, life-threatening forest fires and pre-television social life.

I read "A Cariole Ride" with great pleasure, almost non-stop, it is a real page turner and I highly recommend it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kathleen's Cariole Ride January 17, 2012
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I'm also a Kell by marriage (having emigrated from Sweden to Canada in 1987) and it's very interesting to me to learn more about my "Canadian" family history. It will definitely be of interest to anyone else wanting to know a little more about life in Canada in the early 1900's. A very well written book indeed. Marg is weaving an enchanting tale and it keeps you spellbound from start to finish. Well done - and Thanks!
Helene Kell, New Westminster BC
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More About the Author

Born on a farm on the northern fringe of Toronto, I got a degree in English Language & Literature and married my Varsity heart throb. Early employment was at the Toronto Telegram, Maclean-Hunter and freelancing for the Globe & Mail, Toronto Star, Montreal Star and Montreal Gazette. My most fun jobs were as professional public relations secretary first of the Montreal YMCA and then of the Toronto YMCA, and as a program organizer of CBC-TV's first live nationally televised conference The Real World of Woman (1961). Following a move to Canada's capital region, I became editor/co-owner of the weekly newspaper in my home town of Aylmer, QC and had the busiest, best career of a lifetime. Upon discovering the keepsake box full of love letters, journals and photos my parents left, I published A Book of Kells: Growing Up in an Ego Void. It records my family's lives and my uneasy coming of age as a minister's daughter. Then I wrote Kathleen's Cariole Ride recounting my parents' transatlantic courtship and adventures living on a Cree reserve in the north. At the 2012 Centennial Conference honoring the literary critic, Northrop Frye, I learned that my notes of his lectures would be among those posted on the fryeblog, available for public download. This success brought me back to the day when I dropped out of college for a year and learned shorthand on my very first job, as a receptionist at the 'Tely'.


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