The Price of Honesty
Life, Laughter and Liquid LunchesBook - 2011
"The Price of Honesty" is a cascade of witty, wise, and whimsical observations of life in Atlantic Canada after World War II. Costello treats the reader to precise and personal glimpses into the lives of blue bloods and white knights, actors and athletes, Lords and Ladies, top-floor executives and low-level street types, all told with wry humour and a gently probing, poetic touch.
Through Costello's eyes, poignant pen, and worldly view, we observe Sir Max Aitken, the first Lord Beaverbrook, and his future wife, Lady Dunn; meet industrialist K.C. Irving and his sons; trade barbs with Premier Richard Hatfield; lock horns with Saint John's feisty mayor, Elsie Wayne; sympathize with war hero and painter Miller Brittain; appreciate the contributions of poet Alden Nowlan; and laugh along with humourist Stuart Trueman.
All of these essays are parables with a comedic touch and an emotional balance. While the style may seem out of place in today's short and clipped tweeting reporting approach, Costello's gift for carefully dissecting the moment and analyzing it with precise opinion brings the printed word to life. He writes with a rich emphasis on content and a descriptive eye for getting to the guts of the story without prophesizing or preaching. The moral messages he conveys are refreshingly valid, and the characters he profiles come alive through his elegant turns of phrase, precise commentary, and clever ability to see the rest of the story.