Woodsmen of the West by Martin Allerdale Grainger
When Woodsmen of the West first appeared in 1908, most readers could not relate to its rendering of the rough edges of logging-camp life. Martin Allerdale Grainger refused to sentimentalize the West. He drew from life. While his dramatic and loosely structured tale is at heart a love story, it also tells of what happens when the novel's British narrator encounters a small-time logging operator whose obsession with lumber is matched by his lust for power over other men.
Today the novel is recognized as marking a significant shift in fiction written in and about the Canadian West. The accuracy of its detail makes it one of the finest examples of local realism in Canadian writing. It is also a fascinating chronicle of conflicting personalities, and of the genius of British Columbia hand-loggers, the culture of camp life, and the intrigues and corruption of the lumber business at the turn of the century.
The New Canadian Library edition is an unabridged reprint of the original text, complete with the original photographs.
New Canadian Library: 2010.
ISBN: 9780771035814. 232 pp.
Softcover. Very good.