Reluctant Pioneer

Reluctant Pioneer

How I Survived Five Years in the Canadian Bush

Book - 2013
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An autobiography of Thomas Osborne who spent time in Ontario's Muskoka during the 1870's.
Publisher: Toronto : Dundurn, c2013.
ISBN: 9781926577166
Branch Call Number: 971.31603092 Osbor
Characteristics: 256 p. : ill.


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May 23, 2016

May 2016, I bought this book in 2013, but never got around to reading it until now. I found it a nice easy read with some pretty amazing feats from a young man. Certainly makes me appreciate my lifestyle now. He and his father and brother ate just about anything they could get their hands on, and if they couldn't get their hands on anything, they didn't eat! I like turnips (rutabagas) but I can't imagine eating them day in day out for a couple of months, and then putting in a full days work chopping trees and constructing in the mean time. Let alone trekking through the snow for 36 hours or so on some errand.......I guess that is why he bailed out after just 5 years! (Traded that life for a knitting mill......yeah, that's better?) Anyway a pretty amazing life, and the story about how the book came about is almost just as amazing!

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