Written by Jennifer Arbonne Watson
David Makins book is a mixture of historical events in Montreal as well as some sort of fictional autobiography. He takes on the story head-on by describing his life growing up in Montreal in the ’60s and ’70s with anecdotes. He even adds emojis to his book. If I am not mistaken, this must be the first time a book like this has emojis.
In his book Makins mentions historical places like the Montreal Pool Room in the red light district and Schwartz’s on St. Laurent which is an absolute must on every Montrealer’s food bucket list. There were clearly many hours of research done for the writing to include the dates of many important events, famous men and woman and the years they were popular, hockey scores, and of course, the important musicians of his time.
There is a reference to the referendum when people were moving out of Montreal to go to Toronto and Alberta. As someone who was not yet born when this happened but heard about it many times over, Reantasy taught me how the event affected people. He describes it in a way that was very personal to him, his closest friend, and some family members who decided to make the big move. The referendum affected many families and Quebecers even to this day.
You can find out more about Reantasy HERE.