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Montreal Then and Now [Hardcover]

Alan Hustak , Johanne Norchet
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May 12 2006 Then & Now (Thunder Bay Press)
Explore Montreal's colourful history-from its early days as a fur trading settlement to the modern metropolis it is today-with amazing side-by-side then-and-now photographs and a vivid text in both English and French. Considered North America's most "European" city, Montreal is known for its culture, sophisticated population and amazing architectural history. The latest title in the popular Then and Now series takes readers to Quebec's largest city for an amazing tour of the past and present. A rich historical overview written by Montreal Gazette journalist Alan Hustak describes the city's development from its humble beginnings on the St. Lawrence River to its present incarnation as a vibrant cultural centre of Canada. Captivating pairs of photographs show how Montreal's most important landmarks looked long ago and how they look today. Though much has changed in the city since it was first settled in the 17th century, readers will agree that Montreal's elan will never fade. Montreal Then and Now makes an elegant gift or souvenir for anyone who has ever travelled-or who has dreamed of travelling-to Canada's most charming city.

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Alan Hustak (Montreal) is a well-known writer with the Montreal Gazette.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Montreal Then and Now. March 11 2012
By lerwick
Format:Hardcover
The book turned out to be more pictures than narrative. That in itself isn't a problem, but we were expecting a little more background material on Montreal's history. But it has excellent photos and is worth buying for that alone.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Attracting, at first... July 7 2006
By J. Theberge - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
A fascinating juxtaposition of photography, but it appears that Alan Hustak forgot to walk and to take time in a large area of the city: the book concentrates a lot on the Western area of the Montréal where the English culture is more at ease, but goes with timidity on the Eastern side of the St-Laurent street. For instance, the book mentions and shows the two English based university, and Hustak rewards their multicultural aspect, but both francophone universities, UQAM and Université de Montréal, are entirely forgotten.

Although the writer is said to be living in Montréal since 1967, it looks like he had some difficulties meeting with the French culture. The author even tends to diminish the importance and the huge contribution of this culture in the city.

On another aspect, a few camera angles of the contemporary photos are sometime disappointing in relation to the original.
4.0 out of 5 stars Bought it before a visit March 16 2013
By Leah S. Levy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Side by side English/French views of "Old" Montreal and more current. Bought it to show 11 year old granddaughter what she might expect before visit there. Book in great condition.
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