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How I Spent My Summer Holidays (1981) [Novel]
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When How I Spent My Summer Holidays was first published in 1981 a Western reviewer wrote: "If Who Has Seen the Wind told the story of a young boy’s coming to terms with death, How I Spent My Summer Holidays tells of a young man’s attempt to come to terms with his own sexuality and that of the world around him."

The twelve-year-old young man is Hugh, and in small-town Saskatchewan it is the hot summer of 1924. When Hugh and his friends dig a secret cave out on the Prairie, they soon find it occupied by an escaped patient from the mental hospital. Defying the adult world, the boys become involved with a former war hero and current rum-runner, King Motherwell, in sheltering and feeding the runaway. When passions aroused by sex explode into murder, Hugh leaves his boyhood behind him for ever.

Original title: How I Spent My Summer Holidays
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionGeneral FictionHumor
FictionGeneral FictionYouth (rebellion, Angst, Coming Of Age)

Edition #1: How I Spent My Summer Holidays

How I Spent My Summer Holidays (1981)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "Bawdy and raunchy... an uncannily accurate feel for the emotional viewpoint of a 12-year old boy." The Globe and Mail
  • "Astonishing... Mitchell turns the pastoral myth of prairie boyhood inside out" Toronto Star
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How I Spent My Summer Holidays (2000)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: Toronto, ON
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
ISBN: 9780771061103
Dimensions: 5.6 x 8.6 x 0.7 in
Pages: 253

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