| May/June 1978

  • Robin Thompson
    Robin Thompson steering for Don Clarke of Totara - on the balancing logs, Lyalldale Rally.

  • Robin Thompson


In the preface to 'The Lyalldale Waltz' author Isaac M. Thompson, known as 'Ike the Tyke,' writes, 'any mug can tell me what is wrong with this bookcan you tell me what is right with it?'

Why sure we can.

The book is readable. It is not great literature, but it isn't meant to be. Thompson writes a conversational, informal style that keeps you going.

We learned something about the way of life in rural New Zealand over the last 70 years as told by a practical man who lived that life and liked it, and seems to have remembered all of it.

We enjoyed the stories of school days, harvesting, fishing, sports, sheep shearing, engines, and all the other things that have been packed into a full life.

'Ike' is basically a story teller. We get the feeling that he enjoys telling about a humerous incident as much as he liked the event itself.