Facing the Sea by Harold Chubbs and Wade Kearley
|March 4, 2014||Posted by Andrea Scott under Canadian, Graphic Novel, Non-fiction, Resource|
My grandfather was a light keeper and I have always been interested in lighthouses. I was excited to receive this book and read the stories of local light keepers and their families. The cover of this book is fantastic as is the story that goes with that photo. I am still amazed that a family with small children lived on this rock surrounded by rough seas every day.
I really liked this book. Each story features a different lighthouse and there are great glossy, color photos with each story. I loved the stories. Many were very short but they were all fascinating to me. Instead of the usual lighthouse histories (which I have read many times), these were stories of the families who faced the sea each day, living in lighthouses in very remote parts of our province. It was so intriguing to read their stories of rescue and stormy weather and day-to-day isolation. I was particularly interested in Cape Pine where my father grew up. I have since passed the book along to my father and uncle who both enjoyed it as well.
Anyone interested in learning more about the role of the light keepers in our province’s history would like this book. It is full of real stories of real families told in their own voices.
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