I’m glad I took the time to read the Introduction to The Man from Glengarry before diving into it. If I hadn’t I wouldn’t have know that Ralph Connor – the pseudonym of Charles Gordon, a young Presbyterian minister, sole purpose when he started writing “was to awaken my church in eastern Canada to the splendour of the mighty religious adventure being attempted by the missionary pioneers in Canada beyond the Great Lakes.” This is an important thing to know because it explains to the modern reader why the book is so damn religious.
Once you know that it is much easier to enjoy the book because it has everything really: action, adventure, rough men, pious/saintly women, romance and a sweeping narrative steeped in Canadian history.
I have to admit this is the second time I have read this book. The first time was when I was writing these reviews a couple years ago but since this was the book I stopped with and the review didn’t get written I read the book again. And I enjoyed it again. Yes, the religious aspect is very heavy-handed but it is very fitting for the time Connor is writing about – and the people he is writing about: the men of Glengarry county in Ontario.
This brings us to today: