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Irwin looks at the historical context of both small rural and large urgan graveyards. The book is illustrated with stunning photos.
The pages of this book depict places of memory, reflection and beauty -- and the result is a fascinating excursion into history that is at once very personal and shared. (John Arkelian Arts Forum no. 15)
This big book shows the variety of monuments, describes the evolution of traditions and portrays the symbols and motifs of Canadian cemeteries in 250 colour photographs and erudite text. (The Beaver)
Spectacular ... Offers a fascinating look at some of the most exquisite architecture and compelling history of our nation. Whether to marvel at the breathtaking photographs or to delight in our nation's diversity, you'll be drawn to the book again and again. (Dona Harvey Westwords, (Westminster United Newsletter, Waterlo)
[reviewed with Canadian Churches] It is de Visser's images that really make both books sparkle, with his heavenly sense for new angles and shafts of light. For their part, the authors of both books manage to keep up with de Visser's brilliance, covering their respective topics with impressive passion. ... The book works brilliantly as a reference. (Megan Grittani-Livingston Quill and Quire)
Rich with history and information... With beautiful photographs by Paul G. Hoffman, this fascinating book captures many important faith and cultural traditions before we lose them. (Gloria Nickerson The Daily Gleaner (Fredericton) 2007-10-27)
Have you ever walked into a graveyard and been fascinated by the dates and inscriptions on some of the stones? If you have, this is the book for you.... Stunning pictures ... Angels, sleeping lions, lambs, skulls, ornamented mausoleums -- all make for all magnificent viewing. (Alberta History)
There is a serenity to this book.... It is the ultimate tribute to those who have gone before us, a wonderful book of remembrance. (Joan Sutter Shelf Life)
Every genealogist's dream book. (Lois Cooper Muskoka Today 2007-12-13)
[reviewed with Canadian Churches] This hefty coffee-table book is far more than a trip down a well-trod memory lane.... This is surely the last general interest Canadian book that will need to be written on such matters for years to come.... Irwin has done a masterful job of retelling Canadian graveyard history; and she has given us an outstanding compendium on topics -- literally, the last things we must think about -- that have long delighted and intrigued her. (John Bentley Mays The Globe and Mail 2007-10-27)
Cemeteries are important vessels of our history, as Irwin and de Visser ably demonstrate. (The National Post 2007-12-01)
The book, which again benefits from John De Visser's brilliant photographic eye, is a definite must for all who love the exploration and the celebration of this almost forgotten part of our Canadian heritage. (Cooper Edifice Old Home Magazine)
A comprehensive, beautifully illustrated survey of Canada's historical burial places. (Built Heritage News 2007-11-12)
The book provides a thought-provoking examination of some of this country's oldest public spaces. (Robert Wiersema The Vancouver Sun 2007-12-08)
Presents a coast-to-coast tour of Canada's most striking and historical burial grounds. Jane Irwin ... is articulate and passionate in recounting the stories that underlie these haunting photos. (Louise Abbott The Ottawa Citizen 2007-12-16)
A deeply moving and treasured experience.... Irwin's admirable approach reveals historical and cultural sensitivity, plus an uncompromising dedication to human scale and human values. (James Strecker On the Arts (Toronto))
Packed with hundreds of photographs accompanied by an intelligent text. (Andrew Armitage The Sun Times (Owen Sound, ON) 2007-11-02)
Old Canadian Cemeteries is a must for anyone interested in Canadian history. (Ontario Heritage Trust Heritage Matters, vol. 6, no. 1)
Jane Irwin is a former professor of English Literature and an accredited member of the Association for Gravestone Studies. Her previous books include Burlington, for which she first teamed up with John de Visser.
John de Visser has garnered much praise for his striking photographs of Canadian places. His work appears in more than 50 books, and he holds a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Association of Photographers and Illustrators in Communications.See all Product Description