Gerard Kenney likely personifies as well as anyone in Canada, the ideal Canadian as imagined by Canada's Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau in the 1970s: equally at home in both official cultures, French and English.
His latest book, Lake of the Old Uncles, is a moving account of his life to date. His father, an America, married a French Canadian from rural Quebec. Gerry thus spent his winters in Brooklyn and summers with his mother's extended family where his uncles helped him develop a love of nature and the wilds.
It is thus hardly surprising that Gerry has gone on to publish several books on the north as well as becoming a very experienced canoeist through wilderness trips.
Gerry writes with a style reminiscent of W.O. Mitchell, Stephen Leacock and Mark Twain. The chapters just fly by. The final chapter consists of some of the most powerful writing I ever seen and suggests that this book should be considered for the Canada's Giller prize in literature.
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The art of peaceJuly 10 2008
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A book about the art of peace. Gerard Kenney followed his heart and left the bustling city to live closer to nature. In doing so, he learned from Mother Nature several useful secrets which he shares with us with humility, humour and a touch of poetry. His journey led him to build his own cabin in the wilderness, a dream he cherished since he was a child. In fulfilling his dream, Gerry found a sense of accomplishment, inner peace and the unexpected benefits of developing new friendships and leaving a meaningful legacy to his children and grand-children. LAKE OF THE OLD UNCLES illustrates perfectly the words of Luther Burbank, the American horticulturist who lived in the second half of the 19th century: "There is no other door to knowledge than the door Nature opens; and there is no truth except the truths we discover in Nature." LAKE OF THE OLD UNCLES is a book to read while gently swinging in a hammock.