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Memories of the Old Home Place

by (author) Wayne Barrett

Oxford University Press
Initial publish date
Feb 2000
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Feb 2000
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To its inhabitants, Prince Edward Island is not so much a place as a special way of life. Throughout the Island's history, Islanders have planted their roots deep in the undulating, verdant countryside. Indeed, for 200 years the family farm tradition in this 'Million Acre Farm', this 'Gardenof the Gulf', has been the backbone of PEI society, reflecting in the Island's political, social, and cultural institutions. Agriculture has dominated the island, and even its other major industries, such as fishing, shipbuilding, fox farming, and indigenous manufacturing, have always been marked byan unmistakably rural character, as have the self-sufficient villages with their churches, schools, community halls, and small businesses; the larger towns; and Charlottetown, the capital city.While modern technology and political centralization have dictated radical changes in the traditional agricultural milieu, there remains on part of most Islanders a determination to preserve their Island's pastoral serenity.Wayne Barrett. Anne MacKay, and Francis W.P.Bolger portray in word and picture the rich heritage that is Prince Edward Island's history and its way of life.

About the author


Wayne Barrett is a partner in Barrett & MacKay Photography. His photographs have been featured in advertisements, magazines, and calendars and have appeared in numerous books. He lives in Prince Edward Island.


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Editorial Reviews

"Francis W.P.Bolger, Wayne Barrett, and Anne MacKay combine writing and photographic talents to create a masterpiece." Atlantic Advocate

"The rich heritage that is Prince Edward Island's history and its way of life is portrayed in word and picture." Canadian Collector

"On the whole this [is] a very elegant production of which the photographers and the author can be proud. Perhaps the ultimate judgment of this book can be contained in this question: Is this an impression of the Island that I would want curious and intelligent visitors to take away with them?For me the answer is yes." Altantic Provinces Book Review

" intellectually and aesthetically appealing artifact...This is far more than another coffee-table item, and I heartily recommend it for both personal and academic consideration." Canadian Materials

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