Breakfast at the Exit Cafe: Travels Through America by Merilyn Simonds, Wayne Grady

By Merilyn Simonds, Wayne Grady

What starts as a street journey via the US quickly turns into a trip of discovery into themselves and into the center of the next-door neighbour they suggestion they knew. For Wayne Grady, the joys of panorama and background is tempered by way of stories of racism and his family roots. Merilyn Simonds, her ear tuned for the offbeat, reveals curious echoes of the ex-pat promised land she grew up with. jointly they shuttle opposed to the tide of yankee historical past, following within the literary tire tracks of John Steinbeck, William Least warmth Moon, and Francis Trollope.

Grady and Simonds event the splendors of the Mojave desolate tract, the Grand Canyon, the Mississippi River, and the bayou’s of Louisiana and the Outer Banks and think about the effect of geography on tradition and of tradition on panorama. They notice the USA from the skin, but consider unusually at home.

Part travelogue, half exploration, half mid-winter love tale informed with wit and acuity by means of one in every of Canada’s most attractive literary undefined, Breakfast on the go out Cafe is a trip into the truth at the back of the cultural fable that's the USA.

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Not being able to get my due as a political hero? That was going to be hard. Very hard. So why did I say yes? I can't give a clear and rational answer, something definitive. How much was youthful impulse, bravado? How much a feeling of a moral responsibility to society? How much because I was Jewish? These reasons were there, and much more. There were so many factors that, as I think back to more than a half century ago, the best that I can do is to tell a little about the world in which I lived, about who I was, and about my dreams.

I nodded my head once again. While I nodded my head like a good soldier, inside I was thinking: Not getting drunk wouldn't be easy but not too hard. Not being political could be done without stress. Keeping my folks out of it would be no problem, especially my Dad. But not telling anyone? Not sharing this momentous news with my closest friends? My girlfriend? That seemed almost impossible. A cloak and dagger routine would be fun. I could see myself as the mysterious political soldier. But not telling anyone?

Opposition to war held considerable attraction for me, because of the stories out of World War I that told of the pointless cruelty war brought to civilians, the introduction of poisonous gas, and the mass tragedy that that war had created. This blood-stained history from two decades earlier was being kept alive by motion pictures and novels. Many of my friends were active in one or both movements, but their arguments against war often sounded much the same. If our country were bombed or invaded, for instance, I could not conceive of taking a pacifist stance, of not fighting, for example, against an urgent, direct threat of fascism.

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