Mr. Boyle is a textbook example of what they mean by ""the most impressionable age,"" because all of the 25 short essays recreate the small Ontario farm near a village in a valley by Lake Huron of his boyhood years. Here, the '20's didn't Roar or Flame. They sort of rustled past and sin was the companionable whisper of cards in the back room of the Commercial Hotel or the glug of some anti-Prohibition whiskey being poured. The Methodists and the Catholics divided the town for souls but lived together in mutual respect-- even closing the same eye toward small pinches of sin. His warm household, the cold winters, the religiously separate but cooperative citizens, the near neighbors and occasional strangers that he remembers all brought back in a loving indulgence in nostalgia for his good old days.