Posted by: irenesroth | December 20, 2011

Canadian Book Challenge Book Review for December

Why I Hate Canadians
Will Ferguson

This is a really funny polemic! I laughed so hard while reading it. If you want to read a funny book, by a Canadian author, this is the book to pick up and enjoy during the holidays. This was Will Ferguson’s first book. It was a true success. It sold over 50,000 copies and Will Ferguson’s quit his day job. How great is that! If only more writers could be that lucky!

This book is about Canadian culture, politics, and emotions. The book was written as a response to the 1995 referendum wherein Canadians allowed one segment in one province to vote an entire country out of existence. I remember these days vividly, being from Montreal. That was a scary time indeed. Canada’s near death experience proved to be an important moment for an entire generation of young Canadians.

The 1990’s were a bad decade for Canadian unity. It was a time of wrenching debates and constitutional turmoil that solved nothing. The country staggered from one national crisis to another, beginning with The Meech Lake Accord and ending with a Clarity Act that outlined the very terms of Canada’s future surrender.

Will’s book was written between the fall of the Berlin Wall and the horrific crash of the Twin Towers in New York in September 11th that changed the course of our world forever. When Will was writing this book, he thought the end of history was plausible. It was a deeply depressing time indeed. Thank goodness we’re still here and we can marvel at the wonder and beauty of this beautiful country.

I love this book for its wry humour. Readers who are interested in the idiosyncrasies of being a Canadian will absolutely love the book as well. So fasten your seat belt and get ready to read a humorous book that you won’t be able to put down…well at least not until you’re finished it!

Reviewed by Irene S. Roth

For the Canadian Book Challenge

Rating: 4 stars

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