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JOHN McCRAE.

Bassett, John.

Markham (Onl.), Fitzhenry & Whileside. c1984. 63pp. paper, $4.95, ISBN 0-88902-651-3. (The Canadians) CIP

Grades 5 and up
Reviewed by Janet E Goldack

Volume 13 Number 3
1985 May


Best known for his contribution to the twentieth-century literature of war with his fifteen-line poem "In Flanders Fields, the "Pathologist, Poet, Soldier, Physician, Man Among Men," John McCrae employed military style discipline to live life to its fullest. Among his many assets, he had the ability to find anything he did interesting, a faculty that enabled him to survive the thrill of enlistment, the drudgery of army life, the horror of warfare, and the fear of death. The eight short chapters depict the courage and the zest for life of McCrae from his early days in Guelph, Ontario, to his death in France on January 28, 1918. Using black and white illustrations, a straight-forward, easy-to-read style, and excerpts from McCrae's journal, the author brings the reader close to the Canadian whose chief and abiding interest was people. An index and prologue are included.


Janet E Goldack, Brant Park H.S., Winnipeg, Man.
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