By Larry Hannant, Bert Whyte
Lively for over forty years with the Communist social gathering of Canada, BertWhyte used to be an underground old rogue who challenged the illegalityof left-wing politics through the Thirties and onwards. His unforgettablelife tale spans many years and continents, his wanderlust pushing himonto the Canadian railroad throughout the nice melancholy as a migrantworker, into the arguable politics of Beijing and Moscow as apress correspondent, and out of the RCMP's succeed in in the course of international WarII as a draft dodger. A cigar-smoking rabble-rouser, Whyte was once recognized bymany as a such a lot captivating storyteller, by no means afraid to record theunbiased fact approximately even his personal political brotherhood. A sanitizedCommunist memoir this is often not.Brought to mild and brought by means of editor and historian Larry Hannant,Champagne and Meatballs is Bert Whyte's fascinatingmemoir written months earlier than his loss of life in Moscow in 1984. Brash, funny,irreverent, and interesting, it highlights a massive point of view onworld historical past whereas delving into the tale of the fellow who used to be braveenough to stay it.
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41 But in 1960 many in the world communist movement still hoped that the Sino-Soviet dispute was mostly the invention of a hostile Western media. ” Experience on the ground in Beijing, however, proved to the Whytes that the stresses that would ultimately lead to military clashes along the border and an international battle between the communist rivals were only too evident in China itself. 42 The foreign press corps — mostly composed of reporters from communist papers that adhered to the Soviet line — was alive with rumour, speculation, and low-key disrespect for the Chinese.
Imagine the excitement at our house when my Aunt Belle from Pembroke came to visit us and announced that she was engaged — to a Catholic! There were grave misgivings and long solemn talks from which I was excluded. I listened at keyholes but couldn’t make much of what was said. Then the young man arrived for inspection, and everybody took to him. He was handsome and had curly hair and a wonderful smile and a fund of clean jokes that had everyone laughing so hard you forgot he was a Catholic. He returned to Pembroke with the wedding date all set — and four days later came a wire saying he had caught the Spanish ﬂu and was dead.
B. MacDougall, in his chronicle of the northland, Building the North [Toronto: McClelland Stewart, 1919]. “It might have been a prospector’s paradise. With silver cropping up at every turn, and almost ﬂowing over the surface, it called for neither science nor capital to do business. The plant might comprise only a two-hand drill, a sledge hammer, a hand-winch and bucket, and a few sticks of dynamite. A two-man company could handle the plant. A government customs concentrator on the plan of the old grist mill on a toll basis would have rounded out the pattern; but it was lacking.
Champagne and Meatballs: An Autobiography of Sorts by Larry Hannant, Bert Whyte