This is a wonderful history book. It is a classic and it discusses the allure of the 1920s in Canada. It was an interesting time. And for people who haven’t lived during these times, which is most of us otherwise we would be really old…it is a great read because we get to know how our parents and grandparents lived and what their social and cultural background was like.
In many ways, life was quite a bit slower and simpler. However, in other ways, they had just as much difficulty and tumult as we do for people of their times. And there were many dangers that lured above the fray that everyone was worried about.
Gray’s memoir of western Canada’s experience during the 1020s still reverberates on the bookshelf decades after its release. The Roar of the Twenties documents the social history of western Canada’s roaring decade. From the political frustrations of farmers and the resulting Wheat Pools to the radical idealism of the One Big Union and the ups and downs of the Winnipeg Grain Exchange just to name a few, Gray has written about an exciting and flamboyant era, a time never to be forgotten.
I remember my parents talking about such times. They were born jus around the 20’s and their stories were in many ways just as vibrant.
Past times are always of interest to anyone who is interested in the state of the world at all. I will be buying this classic book for my library.
I recommend this book for any historian among my readers. It is definitely a book worth reading and taking into account.
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth