The Barefoot Bingo Caller

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 31 Jan 2017

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This was an interesting memoir but at times it seemed all over the place. It did give us an interesting insight into the authors life.  But I just had a hard time getting into but I still recommend it.
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Antanas Sileika is a Canadian novelist and critic. He was born in Weston (then a suburb of Toronto, now part of Toronto), the son of Lithuanian-born parents.  His parents still had their Lithuanian traditions which was a bit of a conflict (though respectful) for a young boy and man born here in Canada and wanting to enjoy the era of Woodstock, hippies and free love.

This is a collection of 17 stories of his life.  They include when he is a young boy and he and his buddies are obsessed with building toy rockets, how his parents made him take Lithuanian folk dancing, his summer jobs when he was in university, living in Paris to be with his now-wife, teaching English to immigrants newly arrived in Canada, heading to the Soviet Union to write a political piece, returning to his parents homeland, and more.  Some stories are cute while others are more serious.

Before I came across this book, I hadn't heard of Antanas.  I liked his writing amusing and engaging, even when he was writing about the more serious things.
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