Working the Land: Journeys into the Heart of Canada


350 pages
ISBN 0-670-87741-7
DDC 917.104'648




Reviewed by David E. Kemp

David E. Kemp, a former drama professor at Queen’s University, is the
author of The Pleasures and Treasures of the United Kingdom.


Cruise and Griffiths are essentially social historians whose previous
books include The Great Adventure: How the Mounties Conquered the West,
Lord of the Line: The Men Who Built the CPR, and On South Mountain: The
Dark Streets of the Goler Clan. In this beautifully crafted, visceral
biography of the land we call Canada, they tap into the rural collective
experience within us all and take us on a magical wonderland ride across
this great country, introducing us to some unforgettable characters
along the way. Working the Land is firmly in the oral history tradition
made famous by Studs Terkel and Barry Broadfoot. Written in descriptive
prose as graceful as it is informative, this book inspires respect for
those who make their living in rural communities. Highly recommended for
school, college, and university libraries.


Cruise, David, and Alison Griffiths., “Working the Land: Journeys into the Heart of Canada,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed December 2, 2023,