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A fascinating account of life in a Canadian (Alcan) mining camp in Mackenzie, on the Demerara River in colonial British Guyana where, in 1928, the author’s father is the company accountant. Her mother battles company restrictions, heat and snakes in the rainforest, becoming very enterprising and adventuresome. The author was the first white baby born in Mackenzie.

The British structure and the colonial social life of the staff and families of the mining enclave in the midst of the jungle is fascinating to us today but commonplace for the children living in the isolated village. They played while avoiding the ants and swam avoiding the piranhas. And they tried to avoid the U-boats on trips to Canada and England. Some did and some were not so lucky.

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