In the paper “Toronto since the 1950s” the author compares The Hungry Ghosts by Shyam Selvadurai and The Torontonians by Phyllis Brett Young. The two books show both similarities and contrast in various ways in which the city changed…
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The two books show both similarities and contrast in various ways in which the city changed. The comparison of the two books is based on key themes and topics such as economic, social, political, cultural, and religious perspectives and practices. The key concern in two books is how Toronto changed to the state it is currently.
In The Torontonians, Toronto is said to have started as an industrial city. It developed industrially to have car manufacturing industries. Toronto has, in recent years, gone through a reassessment and small cultural renaissance period. The book provides a view of the city at its earlier transition. The city advances to the international scope having developed both culturally and economically. The book is mainly about female and the upper-middle class experience at the time when the change is experienced. The book depicts a setting in which Toronto is like the City of London as depicted by Karen Whitney’s home, which is on the outskirts of the city, where overnight becomes suburban Rowanwood’s center. The novel depicts endearing images such as the duckweed lawn belonging to Whiney as part of the latest developments. As the novel develops, the protagonist of Young, Karen Whitney who is a housewife rejects the culture of postwar suburbia, which is domestic-driven. She hopes for a more cosmopolitan way of life within Toronto, a now thriving central city. While exploring the circumstances, which informed the decisions of Karen, a historical insight is provided into an urban lifestyle. The urban lifestyle has now become much commoditized. Towards its end, Karen stands and looks west specifically across Toronto city from the heights of an office building in downtown (Young, 2007, pg.328).
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