Me Bandy, You Cissie
Volume IV of The Bandy Papers
by Donald Jack
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The Great War may be finished, but Bartholomew Bandy isn't.
After not quite succeeding in defeating communism in Russia, he's returning to the New World when he meets shy, awkward Cissie Chaffington, whose first glimmerings of interest in aviation appear when she sends a cooked duck soaring through the ship's first-class dining room. More than just terminal embarrassment stands in the way of their happiness, however. Her father, for example, takes a violent dislike to Bandy even before Bandy blows up Cyril Chaffingtons hotel. And then who should turn up but the diminutive Dasha, the former Bolshevik (sort of) nurse whom Bandy married (sort of) in Russia, where she betrayed him (more or less) to the mercy (or lack thereof) of the Red Cavalry. Between sorting all of this out, carrying airmail, and trying to start his own aviation business while dodging flappers and bootleggers, Bandy hardly has time to be a silent movie star...
This edition includes "Banner's Headline", a radio play by Donald Jack published here for the first time. In it we discover what happens when Arthur Banner, a rocket scientist, gets passed over for promotion one too many times, and decides to resign to work on a project of his own.Donald Jack's Me Bandy, You Cissie received the Leacock Medal, the third volume of his Bandy Papers series to win Canada's highest literary award for humour.
- Sybertooth, October 2012
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