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“What a mysterious world, that of a stroke victim. We can only try to imagine it. This is a compelling look into the private whims, furies and fantasies of a man imprisoned, with full cerebral function, in a body that has become unmanageable.” —From the Introduction.

Euclide was a man whose great energy was directed heart and soul toward his profession — dental surgery, his town — Huntingdon, Quebec, his friends, family and community interests. Then one day, “a slender vein became blocked by a tiny clot of blood weighing a fraction of a gram, derailing him, rendering him hors de combat.”

He was encouraged by his brother O.E., a surgeon, to keep a journal. Euclid’s journal took the form of letters to his brother Romé. Two decades after Euclid’s death, Margaret, wife of Romé’s son Renaud, became intrigued by the tattered onionskin sheets. With the considerable help of Renaud, she translated the letters. Now, nearly two decades later, she has annotated them, to better acquaint readers with the setting of Euclid’s story. And it is a fascinating one.

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