TOO CLOSE TO THE FALLS: A MEMOIR Hardcover – 2003
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Unfortunate, too, are the last few chapters. They come as a letdown to an otherwise thoroughly engaging memoir. Ms. Gildiner deserved far better treatment. One can only hope that her next publisher/next editor will do the job right.
I grew up in Toronto not too far from Lewiston (and Niagara) as the crow flies, during the same time period. Reading her book triggered many similar memories of my youth. As an example, I remember visiting Niagara Falls while some outdoor pieces of the movie set used in "Niagara" were still in place (the motel). I'm glad she has such a good memory.
I heard Catherine being interview on CBC radio. After the interview I ordered a copy of both her biographical books from Amazon. I was not disappointed.
Shallow Lake, Ontario
The fault I find is her attempt to capture the innocent's POV so many years later while relating details which would have had little meaning to a child but which the author must explain to make the story meaningful.
The author is of my generation and the references she makes ring true. But that they were experienced by one so young ( age four to eight for much of the tale ) is difficult to imagine. The nub of her story is her early bestriding of the child/adult worlds enabled by her unconventional parents. Her mother in particular stands out as a work of fancy rather than reality. She strikes me as tragi-comical, a combination of Blanche Dubois and June Cleaver.
The sequel should prove easier to accept, as Catherine's life as teenager should be free of the aforementioned drawbacks.
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This book was very funny and being a Catholic girl it hit close to the bone. The character development was great and they were so colorful you could see them come to life. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Arthur R. Hill
I have given this book away so many times. It is a rare gem.Published 24 months ago by Northern Exposure
Loved the book until the end. Wish it had ended differentlyPublished on July 25 2014 by R. Tannahill
This was an amazing story, just unbelievable, the girl was so smart and old for her age, and the way her parents were bringing her up was so different, especially for the times, I... Read morePublished on March 28 2014 by dorothy bain
I grew up in central NYS at about the same time as Catherine, so the setting is familiar, the characters and stories touching and hilarious. Read morePublished on Nov. 22 2013 by Kathy P
This was a skillfully crafted memoir describing a highly unusual childhood, yet with plenty of moments that the reader can relate to personally.Published on Nov. 23 2012 by Clare Wiggill