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With Wolfe in Canada : or, The winning of a continent, By G. A. Henty: illustrated (World's Classics) Paperback – August 2, 2016
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I would say this is the worst printed book I have ever seen. Total formatting fail. Buy a different copy.
The content is phenomenal, my only qualm is with this particular printing.
First of all, historical fiction is probably my favorite genre of writing. So far I have not found anyone like G.A. Henty with the ability to tell a tale like he does. I have read as many of his books that I could get my hands on. They are just plain hard to put down once you get started; that is if you are a fan of historical fiction like I am. Henty's stories typically revolve around a central "boy hero" character during a pivotal period in history. This "boy hero" character usually ends of accomplishing some pretty amazing (though not unrealistic) feats by the end of the story.
Henty lived during Queen Victoria's reign and literary critic Kathryn Castle put it well when she said: "Henty...exemplified the ethos of the new imperialism, and glorified in its successes". He was a very strong supporter of the British Empire all of his life. Henty had some pretty amazing adventures of his own during his life, such as the Crimean War, the opening of the Suez Canal and the California gold fields to name a few.
"With Wolfe in Canada" is a story that is centered on the French and Indian War of 1754 - 1763. This war was really the American theater of the Seven Years War. The "Wolfe" in the title refers to General James Wolfe the commander of the British expedition to take Quebec.
The tale begins where "James Walsham", the main character, began his life; in Sidmouth, England, born the son of a country doctor who died when he was quite young. It tells of his growing up here in some detail, and of the surroundings that made up the life of a common fisherman in that day.
James's mother, a school teacher, had wanted him to follow the profession of his father and become a doctor, but this was not meant to be. As James had deep love for the sea ever since he was a young boy, he naturally was around fisherman and the sea in general quite a bit. This may seem rather obvious as Sidmouth is a coastal town.
It turns out that he becomes involved in a smuggling operation and is pressed into the service a British warship. Don't take this as a clue that James had turned "sour". In those days smuggling in that region of the world was not really looked on as major crime by the locals, and most of the people were in sympathy with the smugglers. The British government certainly did not think so and the law was strictly enforced by the "revenue men". James time of service on the warship is what brought him to America, and on his discharge there he decides to join General Edward Braddock in an expedition against the French. The main bulk of the story involves his adventures during his time as a scout in America, but also involves a fascinating tie with circumstances back home in Sidmouth involving some competition for his "girl" Aggie, someone that he had grown up with. Also woven throughout is the treachery of a Richard, the nephew of a friend of James's back home who was jealous of James accomplishments.
Overall, "With Wolfe in Canada" is a very compelling novel that is very historically accurate and provides the perfect balance between a fictional story and the true events of the French and Indian war. It is well worth your read.
G.A Henty, Blackie & Son, 1886
Preston/Speed Publications, 1999