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[Reading] ➶ Reclusive Histories ➽ Christopher MacKinnon –

Reclusive Histories From The Hermit Of Trois Pistoles In The Early 18th Century To The Death Of Nova Scotia S So Called Hermit Of Gully Lake In 2003, There Exists A Colourful, And Largely Unknown, 300 Year History Of Famous Hermits In Canada Hermits Have Written Poems And Pamphlets, Run As Fringe Candidates In Elections, Built Strange Structures In Forests, Incurred The Wrath Of Religious Authorities And In Dozens Of Other Ways Made Their Mark On The Canadian Scene Many Have Earned Memorable Nicknames The Hermit Of Surrey Bend Swamp, The Hermit Of Puslinch Lake, The Dark Harbour HermitsAlmost None Fit The Stereotype Of The Entirely Isolated Ascetic Who Retires To A Prayerful Life In A Cave Somewhere In A Very Piecemeal Way, Individual Canadian Hermits Have Frequently Attracted The Attention Of Authors, Documentary Film Makers, Newspaper Reporters, Painters, Sculptors And Songwriters But No One Has Ever Attempted An In Depth Survey Of All The Known Bona Fide Hermits In Canadian History This Is Not A Philosophical Paean To The Joys Of Solitude Or The Spiritual Rewards Of The Eremitic Lifestyle It S A Book About 38 Remarkable People Whose Unusual, Often Mysterious Way Of Life Set Them Apart From Their Neighbours Yet, Paradoxically, Secured Them An Immortality They Could Never Have Dreamed Of Christopher MacKinnon Is Also The Author Of Canadian Sports Sites For Kids Places Named For Speedsters, Scorers, And Other Sportsworld Citizens Dundurn.

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