Starting in the ‘50s, this light-hearted memoir tracks a young Canadian’s trials and transitions through young adulthood. When family collapse during adolescence necessitated initiative, the author followed his yearning for travel and discovery, with stories of stints in the Navy, the wilderness, college in Scotland and sailing the seven seas.
This story is of formative years, the angst of adolescence and a quest for adventure inspired by the sights and sounds of ships and boats in Vancouver harbour in the 50s/60s. Written in the luxury of hindsight, the tales embody touching as well as silly observations on life and loves.
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I've designed many memoirs over my 25+ years of book design, (hundreds, even thousands) and Minutiae is in the top ten for writing quality and personal insights.
I read it (during my flight) and laughed my way to Ottawa.
What a book! I couldn’t put it down. You took me from familiar experiences, to foreign and exotic adventures I could only dream about. Your writing is cerebral but down-to-earth and you paint vivid pictures. Your Agony Aunt story is priceless and had me tearing up from laughing, and the stark ending to your story about the terror-stricken sailor on the radio at Bull Harbour teared me up too. Bruce, this is a masterpiece, complete with lyrics and footnotes.I hope the next book is in the works, I can hardly wait.
You're an amazing writer. Everyone should read your book.
It's a hum-zinger collection of stories.
It had me crying with laughter on numerous occasions. I came to the end and closed the book with a sigh, wishing there were more chapters to read - every page was fascinating.
It was a delight to read. The asides and humorous quips are in the vein of Tom Sharpe.
I love your book. I laughed and cried.
I read it twice and really enjoyed it. Brilliant job
You have had quite a life.
Made me laugh and delighted memories of times gone by.
Loved your stories and details about the ships.
I really enjoyed it. If you write a sequel I will be queuing at the release.
Bruce Angus is a Canadian-American author who grew up in North Vancouver and followed a maritime career in Canada, Europe and USA. He resides in West Vancouver with guitars, plants, and 3 brilliant adult children dotted around the planet. Author photo taken at Hagia Sophia, Istanbul.