“Sometimes the voice is rough and raw…”
Article by Dr. Erika Behrisch Elce
There are so few opportunities for down time during FYOP, what with the early mornings, jumpstarting homework, practising drill, finding one’s way to a classroom in Sawyer… that it was partly in jest that I asked my new first-year class if anyone was reading anything for pleasure. To my surprise and delight, a number of hands went up!
In between all her scholastic and military commitments, OCdt (I) Shannon Glover is working her way through Shake Hands with the Devil by LtGen The Honourable Roméo Dallaire, a RMC grad (7860) and 2015 Wall of Honour recipient. This is heavy reading for busy days; how does she fit it in? The story, she says, is worth it: “It’s an amazing read,” OCdt Glover assures me. “It’s autobiography and not formal history, so it’s not comprehensive, but told from the perspective of one man in the middle of it all. It’s very compelling.” What is the difference for her between reading memoir and history? “It’s the style of the writing. You can tell the story isn’t gathered from calm and measured research after the fact; sometimes the voice is rough and raw.” Usually a historical fiction fan, OCdt Glover stepped out of her comfort zone with Dallaire’s book because she wanted something unique during these days of hard training. It delivered: “It’s emotionally real.”