The man Henry Fry is truly great, not only for what he accomplished, but also for the remarkable humility with which he accepted what he could not do during his paralyzing depression, and then his readiness to take up the pen, making up the time he lost in sickness by turning an avocation into a brilliant second career. While reading A Mind at Sea, I had the impression that the author has been inspired by his subject, both in his own humanity and in his marvelous control of language. I have never read an author with a greater command of the nautical language, combined with such a sensitivity about the subject. Congratulations on a definitive biography! — Louis Dupré, author, Yale University Press.
Retired Canadian Librarian on Amazon.ca December 1, 2013
This is a fascinating & vivid account of one man’s role in the Quebec City shipping industry community at the time of Confederation. Part history, part family biography, it is generously illustrated with Henry Fry’s drawings & period photographs. A great read for anyone interested in Canadian history! … offering new perspectives on a period of transition in Canadian shipping, trade & commerce.
By “reader” [Posted on Amazon, Jan. 26 2014]
A Mind at Sea – This is a really interesting and very enjoyable book about the life of Henry Fry, a ship owner in Quebec City in the 1900’s. It is also a history lesson of the times, both the political as well as social side. As well as showing his attributes, i.e. his concern for the men working in the docks and on the ships, it also shows his difficulties dealing with his severe depression. John Fry’s descriptions of Quebec city and the docks and ship building yards are wonderful. A really good read.
By “Sheryl” [Posted on Amazon, Jan. 26 2014]
I just finished reading A Mind at Sea this morning. I loved it. I grew up in Quebec City and I’ve been fascinated by the city’s history for a long time. Your book added yet more detail to my understanding of the city and how it grew, and of the people who built it. Your great-grandfather was an incredibly talented person. It was so wonderful to hear of how he cared for the seamen and their families, and for people in general. I was really taken with their little girl, Mame, and was saddened to read of her fate. I was also very pleased that your great-grandfather’s last years were happy, as he well deserved to be, although your great-grandmother’s latter years must have been very trying. It was so interesting to read of the Wolfe-Montcalm monument, of the house beside the American consulate, of the coves, now gone, of the Prince of Wales’s visit – so much of what was in the book has some meaning to me. Many congratulations on a well-told tale of a superb person and his age.