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By Richard Valeriote

ISBN-10: 077353654X

ISBN-13: 9780773536548

Alice road recounts how Valeriote used to be born on the sundown of excellent instances and the sunrise of challenging ones. His mother's 15th baby, he grew up in an Italian Catholic family members on a road filled with proud households with a mess of languages and backgrounds. From being packed into the neighborhood church, to operating and borrowing his means via scientific tuition at McGill whereas surviving numerous serious health problems, to his very profitable profession as a physician in California, his tale is entwined with these of every person from foundry staff to overseas ambassadors. A hot and informative examine the difficult trip made by means of such a lot of, Alice highway is a testomony to the energy and personality had to make it via tumultuous times.

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A car stopped, and we hopped in, introducing ourselves and explaining to the driver that I was finishing up my undergraduate studies and planned to go on to medical school. The driver said he was going to McGill as well and introduced himself as Ray Lawson, a professor of surgery at McGill Medical School. Then he said, “Did you say Valeriote? That’s an unusual name. ” “For Heaven’s sake. ” I was stunned to hear a total stranger calling Silvio by his family nickname. Dr Lawson said he had been the commander of See’s army division when See signed up.

You save a nickel every week for the church poorbox. ” Thus, at the age of ten I had officially become an indentured servant, $42 in debt. But I soon grew accustomed to working in My Second Encounter with Death / 29 the family business. The presumption that youngsters should contribute to the family’s welfare was immigrant thinking and this sort of arrangement has fallen out of fashion. But it did teach me business skills at an early age. One of my chores was restocking the potato display in the middle of the store, which required lugging heavy sacks of spuds.

I was given a broom and vacuum cleaner and put to work. The other boys cleaned the kitchen, some dusted, some collected and took out garbage. After lunch, we charity cases got to participate in sports with the paying clientele and then back to dinner and bed. I was happily exhausted that night. The next day was a repeat, except the job that morning was to empty the “honey buckets” – the latrine pails. The latrine was built on a hillside, and you entered on the uphill side. Inside My Second Encounter with Death / 27 was a long bench with a series of holes where you sat to do your business, into those pails.

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