|Title:||The Broken Trail [Sour Grapes]|
|Publisher:||Frederick A. Stokes Company|
|Tags:||adventure, Canada, fiction, Ontario, wilderness|
Keith Harden and Garnet Emerson are the sturdy pals of Mr. Bindloss’s thirty-second Canadian romance, one which follows the author’s familiar formula prescribing trips back and forth from the Dominion to the Old Country. The theft of bonds from the provincial bank under Keith’s management impairs the young man’s standing with his employers. But his faithful friends and fiancee so firmly believe in his innocence that Garnet takes decisive steps to identify the guity and establish Keith’s innocence. The introduction of the thinly mysterious is unavailing in the endeavor to enliven the inanimate plot. From beinning to end, the tale is extremely tame, clumsily handled and devoid of anything resembling inventiveness. [Suggest a different description.]
Author Bio for Bindloss, Harold
Harold Edward Bindloss (1866 - December 30, 1945) was an English novelist who wrote many adventure novels set in western Canada.
Bindloss was born in Liverpool in 1866. According to his New York Times obituary:
Mr Bindloss was more than 30 years old before he began writing. Previously he had roamed the world, farming in Canada and working in southern climes as a cargo heaver, a planter, and at other jobs.
Broken by malaria he returned to England forty-five years ago and took up office work. But he lost his job when his health broke down and turned to writing in which he found his true vocation. He published some forty novels between the years 1902 and 1943. Many of his books had their locale in Canada.
He returned to London. In 1898, he published his first book, a non-fiction account based on his travels in Africa, called In the Niger Country. This was followed by dozens of novels.
He was a popular writer. One reviewer writes:
A new book by Harold Bindloss is always welcome. He tells a story well indeed, but one likes his books best perhaps for the environment which he knows so well how to sketch. He has written charming stories of the Canadian Northwest and one remembers with pleasure his novels “Prescott of Saskatchewan” and “Winston of the Prairie”.
The town of Bindloss, in the Canadian province of Alberta, was named after him.--Wikipedia.
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