By Larry Hannant, Bert Whyte
Lively for over forty years with the Communist celebration of Canada, BertWhyte used to be an underground ancient rogue who challenged the illegalityof left-wing politics in the course of the Thirties and onwards. His unforgettablelife tale spans a long time and continents, his wanderlust pushing himonto the Canadian railroad throughout the nice melancholy as a migrantworker, into the arguable politics of Beijing and Moscow as apress correspondent, and out of the RCMP's achieve in the course of global WarII as a draft dodger. A cigar-smoking rabble-rouser, Whyte used to be identified bymany as a so much fascinating storyteller, by no means afraid to record theunbiased fact approximately even his personal political brotherhood. A sanitizedCommunist memoir this is often not.Brought to gentle and brought by way of editor and historian Larry Hannant,Champagne and Meatballs is Bert Whyte's fascinatingmemoir written months earlier than his demise in Moscow in 1984. Brash, funny,irreverent, and pleasing, it highlights a huge point of view onworld historical past whereas delving into the tale of the guy who used to be braveenough to stay it.
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Finally, in 1959, after much anguish, Whyte and Monica broke with their spouses and, together with their son, established a household. Fate, or opportunity, gave them no time to rest. Late in 1959 Whyte was offered the position of Canadian Tribune correspondent in Beijing, covering events in the People’s Republic of China. Since a small weekly paper could never afford such an extravagance, the Chinese government paid the correspondent’s salary and expenses. ) Whyte accepted the offer, but he was uncertain how the Chinese might react if he brought along a woman to whom he was not married, to say nothing of their child.
Party headquarters in Toronto agreed with Whyte and Monica that this was a personal matter, but the whisper campaign did increase the pressure on the illicit couple. Finally, in 1959, after much anguish, Whyte and Monica broke with their spouses and, together with their son, established a household. Fate, or opportunity, gave them no time to rest. Late in 1959 Whyte was offered the position of Canadian Tribune correspondent in Beijing, covering events in the People’s Republic of China. Since a small weekly paper could never afford such an extravagance, the Chinese government paid the correspondent’s salary and expenses.
At one point our food bill reached $127, an enormous sum in those days. I was in the store with Mother. The grocery store was in fact a general store, with a bit of everything, including a meat department on one side. ” Although I was very young, I remember clearly how big, fat Daddy Adshead told my mother, “Mrs. Whyte, stop worrying about your bill. ” When we got home my mother broke down and cried. There was one Chinese laundry and one Chinese cafe in Haileybury. The cafe owner was Harry Lee Tong — obviously a Westernized version of his original name.