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Two books of “The Toronto “Trilogy” now available in book stores

27 Jan

The second book in the “Toronto Trilogy” is now available at Chapters/Indigo at book stores. Entitled “The Reluctant Virgin,” it continues where the first book in the trilogy, “Arse Over Teakettle,” ended.

Below is a summary of the three books of the trilogy.

“Arse Over Teakettle” – Book One of the Toronto Trilogy

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The first book in “The Toronto Trilogy”is a heart-warming tale containing vivid descriptions of the the city as the Great Depression ends. The reader experiences the city through the eyes of a young boy – Tom Hudson – following his exploits and discoveries as he matures. We learn of his life and his family’s struggles during the horrific war years of the 1940s and observe him as he matures in the post-war period in Canada. Tom’s life is detailed with sympathy and humour. The educational system of the city during the 1940s is portrayed delightfully, some of the scenes hilarious, others demanding understanding and empathy.

The tale abounds with interesting and off-beat characters. The landlord of the family during the depression years, Mr Pollard, Tom’s father nicknames Mr. Polly Penis. The irascible man has a drinking problem, which result in his committing a few odd deeds. However, it is not long before a  new kid moves into the neighbourhood – Shorty Bernstein. The cigar-smoking, cursing, pugnacious boy soon becomes the most intriguing character of the book. He provides great contrast to Harry Heinz, Tom’s boyhood hero, who is so very straight-laced.

The adventures of Tom and Shorty, as well their friends Carol and Sophie, as they struggle to understand the world of “the big kids,” is entertaining and informative. It will remind many of us of our own childhood. The archival photographs add to the realism as the stories unfold. However, it is the characters, along with their joys and sorrows, which make the novel fascinating.

“The Reluctant Virgin”- Book Two of the Toronto Trilogy

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The second book in the trilogy, “The Reluctant Virgin,” follows Shorty, Tom and their friends through their high school years. As expected, the characters develop and mature as the tale unfolds. Their sexual explorations are particularly amusing. However, this book is quite different from the first book in the trilogy as it is a crime mystery. One of the teachers at the high school where they attend is brutally murdered. Two detectives, Jim Peersen and Jerry Thomson, their personalities very different in nature, attempt to catch the killer. Meanwhile, the murderer continues to seize victims from the streets of Toronto. The police remain unaware that they are seeking a serial killer. This is a classic “who-done-it.” The killer is one of the boy’s teachers, but which one?

This book is not for the faint-of-heart. The murders are chillingly detailed. The killer drains the blood from the bodies of the victims. At first, the sickening ritual is not discovered by the police as the murderer cleverly disguises the fact.

Similar to the first book in the trilogy, the descriptions of Toronto and the archival photos add realism to the unfolding of the tale.

“Virgins No More” – Book Three of the Toronto Trilogy (This book is not yet available)

In the years after graduating from high school, Tom Hudson works for four years to earn sufficient funds to enter university and eventually attend teachers’ college. His friend Shorty Bernstein, drops out of university and becomes involved in the drug culture in Toronto’s infamous Yorkville area of the 1960s. Tom’s relationship with Sophie is not without problems, as is that of Tom’s high school pals—Harry Heinz and Horace Kramer.

On the Saturday evening of the Labour Day weekend in 1965, prior to beginning his new career in the classroom, Tom and his sweetheart, Sophie, witness a seemingly random murder on the Yonge Street subway. Chief of Detectives Arnold Peckerman assigns the murder case to Detective Paul Masters, but Detectives Jim Peersen and Gerry Thomson are soon drawn into the investigation. Harry Heinz, who is now a young attorney, also becomes involved in the case. Disaster then strikes again, when the killer murders one of Tom’s friends. The murder investigations lead to the corridors of power at Queen’s Park, and eventually to Ottawa, where they threaten to bring down members of the federal cabinet.

The third book in the Toronto Trilogy relates the struggles of Tom, Harry, and their friends, as well as detectives Peersen and Thomson, to solve the crimes.

The story provides an intriguing insight into life in Toronto during the 1960s, a decade in which decadence prevailed. The narrative explores the lives of Tom and his friends as they build their careers and mature in their relationships. All this occurs while a murderer casts an ominous shadow that threatens their survival.

The background of the story is the metropolis of Toronto, as it sheds the traditions and values of its past. “A Virgin No More” is a story of the city during a decade when it is evolving into an urban centre that embraces the worldliness of the modern world.

The first two books of the Toronto trilogy are available by following the links:

Arse Over Teakettle: http://bookstore.iuniverse.com/Products/SKU-000132634/Arse-Over-Teakettle.aspx

The Reluctant Virgin : http://bookstore.iuniverse.com/Products/SKU-000188306/The-Reluctant-Virgin.aspx

The book “THe Reluctant Virgin”is presently available at the Chapters/Indigo store in downtown Toronto at John and Richmond Streets.

To view the author’s Home Page: https://tayloronhistory.wordpress.com/

 
2 Comments

Posted by on January 27, 2012 in Toronto

 

2 responses to “Two books of “The Toronto “Trilogy” now available in book stores

  1. Ruth Orr , Littlemore

    August 29, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    Sorry , I lost the page. I was saying the people on the street that I remember where, The Browns , she was a dress maker.They lived across from the drug store on the west side, The Grills lived three doors up from us. They were a blind couple with four kids. two boys Ian and lisle and Norma was older than I and treated me like a doll putting me in a pram. He had a stall at the old city hall.
    The sea captain lived across the street from us Mr. Creesy. Snyders rented for a while on the east side. The Millers lived in the three story house on your side too. He was a builder ,they had pocket doors that we played elevator with. there was a Marion that lived there. A jewish couple lived next door to us. she was a chain smoker ,She sent her little boy up to the store to get smokes .He got run over and killed. We went to see him layed out in his house .His name was Michael. 3 or 4 years old. We went to STE. Hildas where Mr. Jackson was the minister.
    I have just met a women at the book club in Tamworth that’s name is Hilda and she told me her uncle named her after the church name. I need to ask her some more questions.
    Our telephone exchange was Melrose and the ice cream cones are Mello-rolls
    I have nearly finished the book and am looking forward to the next.
    Its like reading part of my own life. Thank you Ruth

     
    • Doug Taylor

      August 30, 2013 at 8:48 am

      Hi Ruth,
      I recall a few of the names that you mentioned. Sometimes it is indeed a small world. Thanks for contacting me.

      Doug Taylor

       

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