The Siren Years: A Canadian Diplomat Abroad 1937-1945 MOBI

The Siren Years: A Canadian Diplomat Abroad 1937-1945 MOBI Charles Ritchie, one of Canada s most distinguished diplomats, was a born diarist, a man whose daily record of his life is so well written that it leaps from the page In wartime England, Ritchie, as Second Secretary at the Canadian High Commission, served as private secretary to Vincent Massey, whose second in command was Lester B Pearson, future prime minister of Canada In a perfect position to observe both statecraft and the London social whirl that continued even during the war, Ritchie provides a fascinating, perceptive, and surprisingly humorous picture of the London Blitz the people in the parks, the shabby streets, the heightened love affairs and the vagaries of the British at war There are also glimpses of the great, and portraits of noted artists and writers that he knew wellA vivid document of a period and a wonderful piece of writing, The Siren Years has become a classic

10 thoughts on “The Siren Years: A Canadian Diplomat Abroad 1937-1945

  1. Fathima Cader Fathima Cader says:

    a university owned student run secondhand bookshop close to our old home decided one day, three years ago, to get rid of stagnant stock basically, you could come in and take whatever you wanted so my father descended on the store and, in effect, cleaned it out he t

  2. theduckthief theduckthief says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I m not sure where I first heard about this book but after learning it was the diary of a Canadian diplomat in the UK during WWII I was sold I d never read a direct account of someone in Lo

  3. Peter Peter says:

    volume two of Charles Ritchie s published diariesthis volume set in World War IIas well written as the first volume, as filled with anecdote, this volume has the added vividness of being written during a remarkable period in World History by a keen observer of Canada comin

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