Scenes from a Life: The Stories of Frank Vanyo

Scenes from a Life: The Stories of Frank Vanyo
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Author: Vanyo, Frank
ISBN: 9781894431026
Pub. Date: May 1, 2003
Size: 6.00″ x 9.00″
Pages: 132

From his prairie childhood of the '20s to his experiences as an itinerant worker riding the rails during the Dirty Thirties, from riding the range and mining ore in B.C. to serving in the tank corps in Italy during the Second World War, from knee-bolting in a sawmill to bulldozing roads, Frank Vanyo's compilation of memories--written with humour and nostalgia--convey the harsh realities of a bygone era and a man's determination to live life to the fullest despite them.
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From his prairie childhood of the '20s to his experiences as an itinerant worker riding the rails during the Dirty Thirties, from riding the range and mining ore in B.C. to serving in the tank corps in Italy during the Second World War, from knee-bolting in a sawmill to bulldozing roads, Frank Vanyo's compilation of memories--written with humour and nostalgia--convey the harsh realities of a bygone era and a man's determination to live life to the fullest despite them.
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ISBN 9781894431026
Publication Date May 1, 2003
Author Vanyo, Frank
Illustrator No
Pages 132
Size 6.00″ x 9.00″
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SPG Book Review
The book Scenes from a Life: The Stories of Frank Vanyo by Frank Vanyo was a joy to read from cover to cover. The title is self-explanatory and straightforward. It is an autobiographical account told in a simple, easy to read manner. The author highlights specific events and episodes of his life and discusses them in a personal and heart warming way.

Frank Vanyo's story begins with his childhood in the 1920s near Lestock, Saskatchewan as the son of Hungarian immigrants. His recollections of struggling to keep the family farm will touch a chord with many readers. As a young man Frank seeks a better life and rides the rails during the Depression to British Columbia and becomes a miner. His World War II experiences are chronicled in detail and give a first hand account of the atrocities of war. After the war he works in a sawmill on Vancouver Island and recounts his experiences. A good portion of the book covers his long and accomplished career as a heavy equipment operator who builds highways in British Columbia.

This autobiography is written in a conversational style and zeroes in on the memorable times and inspiring moments of Frank Vanyo's varied and interesting life. This is a simple book about a simple man. It is obvious from his words that he is humble and down to earth. Readers who lived during the same time as the author will relate to his experiences and memories. Younger readers will gain insight and understanding. He not only left his mark throughout the decades as a hardworking, honest man but left a legacy to his children through this book.
Review by Karen Lawson (SPG) / (Posted on 2015-02-21)