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When I was young Hardcover – January 1, 1976


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 269 pages
  • Publisher: McClelland and Stewart; First Edition edition (1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0771058543
  • ISBN-13: 978-0771058547
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,731,281 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Opens the door on one of Canada's most famous and wealthiest families. The Masseys were millionaires before the Eatons opened their first store." (Calgary Herald)

"Raymond Massey recalls his youth with Edwardian charm and eloquence. His autobiography is an authentic evocation of his early life and times." (Montreal Gazette) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

RAYMOND MASSEY was born in Toronto and educated at the University of Toronto and at Oxford. After serving as an officer in the First World War he pursued an acting career, rising to international fame on stage and screen. He died in 1983. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By cheddo on March 27, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Stage and screen actor Raymond Massey tells the story of his youth in this wonderfully charming autobiography, going from his very first memories as a little boy to when he was 25 and decided he wanted to pursue a career in acting.
Well-educated, wordly, and very intelligent, Raymond Massey wrote an utterly endearing book, with amusing little stories of the people he grew up with and how they impacted his life. Yet his book was also quite moving as he reminisced on his wartime memories that will practically leave you in tears.
Raymond Massey's autobiography is a very quick read, and there is added enjoyment with the several photos featured in the picture section. This book is a must for all Raymond Massey fans. It really is one of the best books I've ever read.
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This is more than just a pleasant surprise. This is almost a history book chronicling World War One. Massey gives us the perspective of a gunnery and sapper officer in the trenches in Belgium and later helping the White Russians fight off the Bolshevik Revolution until the politicians decide to let the Bolsheviks win. The Canadian ends with his time at Oxford getting a British education after the war.

We also get a very detailed description of what it is like to grow up among the landed gentry in Toronto in the early 20th century when there still is only 300,000 citizens.

But don't expect to get anything about his distinguished career in film. That is in his sequel.

Get this book. The only negative is that the paperback copy does not have page numbers. It may have been done on purpose to make the reader not think about how many pages left but just to sit back, relax and enjoy.
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By R. Meadows on November 23, 2008
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I read this book several times. Masseys life was interesting and well written by him, easy to read, and interesting old black and white photos. His experiences in the army really sticks in my mind, and this book ends with his beginning into his choice of careers: acting. He also has a second book that reviews this, and then continues through the next half of his life, and I recommend that one also, after this one. It depicts the way his career and family life went on, and about his many movies he was in.
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