GASPE: The Romantique by Olive Willett Smith

GASPE: The Romantique

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Somehow the book misses fire -- the text lacks the inspired quality of Gordon Brinley's Away To The Gaspe (Dodd, Mead) -- the author fails to convey the peculiar charm of the country of which she writes. A native Gaspean, she lives now in New Jersey, returning each vacation to the Gaspe, via Montreal, Quebec, Levis and on to the Matapedia Valley, past the Restigouche and Cascapedia Rivers, on round the Peninsula, east and northbound, along the Bay de Chaleur, to Perce and Gaspe, winding up at Metis and north shore watering places. A faithful account, dotted with local historical bits and legends, descriptions of the different towns, types of house, habitants, and so on, even to trees, flowers, and birds. Should be a practical aid to one going to the Gaspe, if used as a guidebook, but lacks the inspirational quality that makes one want to go. Possibly the page decorations by Vivian Moir and the photographs will help.

Pub Date: May 5th, 1936
Publisher: Crowell