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Learning By Heart Learning By Heart
Angela Collins

Price: CDN$14.95
Isbn: 1-894294-39-4
Book Description
Learning by Heart is a poignant account of "the teaching life" in isolated communities in pre- and post-Confederation Newfoundland, a fine blend of personal and social history in which the Newfoundland setting is a strong presence throughout, a detailed backdrop for the book's convincing realism. The thematic range of the stories is impressive; they are always engaging and sometimes very moving, never lapsing into sentimentality, melodrama, or easy nostalgia. There is a fine balance of intimacy and objectivity, compassion and judgment, which makes you trust the narrator's perceptions and insights into the complexities of human emotion and behaviour.

About The Author
Angela Collins was born in Trinity, Trinity Bay, Newfoundland, and received her early education at Presentation Convent in Carbonear. She completed her education at St. Bride's College, in Littledale, and at Memorial University of Newfoundland in St. John's.

Apart from one year teaching in Upminster, England, her thirty-two year teaching career was spent in a variety of Newfoundland outports: Carbonear; St. Alban's, Bay d'Espoir; Avondale; Allan's Island and Lamaline. Her poignant stories of rural school life came from real life experiences in these communities.

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