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The Touch of Abner

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Title:The Touch of Abner
Cody, H. A. (Hiram Alfred)   
(16 of 19 for author by title)
The Trail of the Golden Horn
The Stumbling Shepherd
Published:   1919
Publisher:McClelland & Stewart
Tags:Canadiana, fiction

Abner Andrews is a crotchety old farmer who pledges a thousand dollars he doesn't have towards a new orphanage. How will he make good on his promise, especially with a crooked lawyer out to foil him?

He takes on his nemesis and associates with unconsidered gusto, resulting in some mayhem and just deserts, although Abner's ornery temper ensures that he suffers a few pratfalls himself along the way.

Abner amuses himself by telling whoppers and deliberately mishearing people for comic effect. He also has a fondness for declaring "skidder-me-shins" at every opportunity, a landlubbers "shiver-me-timbers" if you will.

Gruff, light-hearted nonsense with a sweet centre.

—Perry Whitford on goodreads [Suggest a different description.]

Pages:127 Info

Author Bio for Cody, H. A. (Hiram Alfred)

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Though he had written short stories in his younger years, Cody's focus on fiction came later in his life. H.A. Cody published 25 books, in addition to several poems and newspaper articles. In 1927 he was appointed Archdeacon of Saint John; he served until his retirement in 1943. While more commonly recognized for his work in the ministry than for his writing, H.A. Cody was one of Canada's most widely read authors. His publications, like those of the bestselling Ralph CONNOR, were amongst the first to be mass-produced in North America due to their accessible prose, Christian themes and appeal to a broad audience.

It was during his time at King's that Cody had his first prose published. "An Episode of the Miramichi Fire," published in the King's College Record (Jan 1895), is a story of survival during the great Miramichi fire of 1825. While a student Cody published other work in the Record, including pieces of literary criticism. Some of his more famous novels include The Frontiersman: A Tale of the Yukon (1910), The Long Patrol: A Tale of the Mounted Police (1912) and The King's Arrow: A Tale of the United Empire Loyalists (1922). Most of Cody's novels adhered to the conventions of the adventure genre. He often included romantic sub-plots in an effort to expand his readership beyond men. His faith played an important part in his novels, which always included a Christian message. While H.A. Cody is not considered a pioneer of Canadian literature, his novels deftly capture the interests and spirit of the age in which he lived and wrote.--thecanadianencyclopedia.ca.

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