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Some Reminiscences of old Victoria   By: (1847-1923)

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Some Reminiscences of old Victoria by Edgar Fawcett is a captivating memoir that takes readers on a nostalgically rich journey through the vibrant city of Victoria during the late 19th century. Fawcett, an esteemed author known for his poetic writing style, leaves no stone unturned as he delves into his personal experiences and anecdotes of this bygone era.

The book begins with a detailed description of Victoria, immersing readers in the city's charming streets, bustling waterfront, and the unique blend of cultures that made it such a vibrant and diverse place. Fawcett's vivid storytelling transports readers back in time, allowing them to envision the sights, sounds, and even the scents of old Victoria.

One of the highlights of the memoir is Fawcett's recollection of the people he encountered during his time in the city. From prominent figures to ordinary citizens, Fawcett provides an intimate portrait of the diverse and colorful characters that populated Victoria. His interactions with them illuminate the social fabric of the city, revealing the class divisions, social customs, and underlying tensions that defined this period.

Additionally, Fawcett offers interesting insights into the political landscape of the time, shedding light on the challenges and achievements of Victoria's governing bodies. His commentary on significant events, such as the construction of the Parliament Buildings or the Great Fire of 1862, adds depth and context to the historical backdrop of the memoir.

What sets Some Reminiscences of old Victoria apart is Fawcett's ability to infuse his prose with a sense of whimsy and poetic beauty. His love for the city is evident in every chapter, as he eloquently captures the magic and charm that made Victoria a unique place to live. Fawcett's writing style transports readers back in time, making them feel as though they are experiencing the city's wonders firsthand.

However, despite its many strengths, the book does have some shortcomings. Fawcett's narrative occasionally meanders, losing focus on the main thread of his reminiscences. While this may detract from the overall coherence of the memoir, it does not diminish the overall enjoyment of the book.

In conclusion, Some Reminiscences of old Victoria by Edgar Fawcett is a delightful memoir that transports readers to a bygone era. Fawcett's vivid descriptions, engaging storytelling, and poetic prose make this a must-read for anyone interested in the history and charm of old Victoria. Through his nostalgic lens, Fawcett paints a vivid portrait of a city that once was, capturing its essence in a way that will captivate readers from start to finish.

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[Illustration: FORT VICTORIA, 1859.]






Toronto William Briggs 1912

Copyright, Canada, 1912, by EDGAR FAWCETT.


Sir Richard McBride. K.C.M.G.



To My Readers:

A preface is, as I understand it, an explanation, and maybe an apology, for what follows. If such is the case, I must explain several things contained in these "Reminiscences of Old Victoria" and its pioneers. Had I not been laid aside with the typhoid some eight years ago, it is likely I should not have thought of writing down these early memories, but many know what convalescing after a sickness is how one longs for something new, something to do. I was at this time at the seaside, and all at once decided to pass my time in writing. Seated comfortably on the beach with my writing pad, I commenced "A British Boy's Experiences in San Francisco in the Early Fifties," and so have continued on from time to time during the last eight years.

I have been much encouraged, by pioneers and friends, to gather the result of these pleasant labors together, and I feel I have succeeded in a very imperfect manner; but, dear reader, consider how little I should be expected to know of book making; therefore take faults and omissions in the product of my labors cum bona venia , for there are sure to be many imperfections... Continue reading book >>

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