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"This story is a joy to hear. Much like listening to an old-fashioned storyteller spinning a yarn . . . It is imaginative, droll and revealing . . . [Ferguson] often sounds like he is winking at us." — Cleveland Plain Dealer (2013-01-18)

"Effectively narrated by the author, Village Of The Small Houses is two and one-half hours of thoughtful, entertaining, and highly recommended listening." — Midwest Book Review (2013-01-18) --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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Village of the Small Houses is Ian Ferguson's hilariously offbeat account of growing up poor in the far north. In 1959, just one step ahead of the law, Ferguson's con-artist dad, Hank, headed north in a beat-up Mercury Zephyr with his pregnant wife, Louise. He got as far as isolated Fort Vermilion, where he passed himself off as a teacher at the "Indian school" and settled his ever-expanding family in a house without plumbing or electricity.

Ferguson's gifts as a comic actor and writer come to the fore in this spirited reading of his best-selling memoir about a scrappy northern childhood. Interweaving truth and fiction, and introducing a cast of lovable misfits, this tenderly amusing chronicle is a cross between Angela's Ashes and W.O. Mitchell's Who Has Seen the Wind.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Douglas & McIntyre (August 25, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1553650697
  • ISBN-13: 978-1553650690
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,038,110 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Written and narrated by author Ian Ferguson, Village Of The Small Houses: A Memoir Of Sorts is an hilarious and highly recommended account of growing up poor in the far north when in 1959, just ahead of the law, Ferguson's con-artist father Hank headed up north in a delapidated Mercury Zephyr with his pregnant wife, Louise. Hank got as far as isolated Fort Vermilion where he passed himself off as a teacher at the "Indian school" and settled his ever-expanding family in a house devoid of plumbing and electricity. The lively recounting of a scrappy childhood, Ferguson interweaves truth, tall-tale exag-geration, and a memorable case of growing up among lovable misfits in this 2 CD, 2 1/2 hour autobiographical account.
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I loved every page of this book. The writing is excellent and the story flows really well. There are so many moving moments in this book that I shed a tear on a number of occassions. I also laughed my head off quite a bit. What more can one ask of a memoir? Well done Ian!
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I read Ian Fergusons `biography of sorts` on a recent visit to Canada.The book was un-put-down-able,such well shaped characters,such wonderfully evoked scenery. Full of humour and pathos. When does the movie come out?
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People who rise above their miserable childhoods are always to be admired, particularly when they can look back and remember the happy times as well as the sad, and turn their experiences into an interesting tale like this one.
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