reading a book in a long, long time.
Hands down, Aprils' reads have been a far cry better than the stumbling month of March. I picked up this book on a whim. I liked the cover, I liked that it was a Canada Reads books, and I liked that it won a humour award. I didn`t bother reading the back. Since I liked it`s look, I figured Why Not? This is a bit of a new attitude for me with books. I used to stress over my choices, and absorb the back cover summary. Chances are good. If a book is bad, pay it forward and start a new one. Ultimately a pretty low risk venture in life. Now that I have finished this book, reflecting upon some of the more depressing Canadian literary books I have fought my way through, why did I wait so long to turn to humour?
I am torn - do I quickly grab book two from the library, or do I wait until I have my own copy to read? The Night Circus is up next (it does come highly recommended and is supposed to be an intriguing novel) so I will have to see where my head space is at in a week or two.
This was a great read: funny, witty, articulate. I found myself laughing out loud, I liked the characters, and I enjoyed how Canadian politics is framed. I learned a bit about the shenanigans that go on in politics, and this was just such a fun book to read. I found Fallis' style easy to read, and I liked that one of the main characters was an engineer that could pull together seemingly disparate topics and people together. Well worth a read. This was a very, very likable novel and then pages turned way too fast for my liking. My only regret is that I read this book now, and I did not get to see Fallis last year at the Sechelt Writer`s Conference. Alas. I shall go again this year and see other fine Canadian authors.
I think for future book club meetings, I will have two suggestions:
1) Maybe we should check out some of the Canada Reads selections. Dryden's book has been on my list for years. Did I ever mention I took a distance education course back in the day called "Hockey in Canada". The only book missing from that course was The Game.
2) After reading books like McDonald`s Fall on my Knees and McKay`s Birth House (both were good novels) and feeling totally depressed when I finished them, why not foray in to humourous Canadian novels - they do exist and this one is proof! To the Leacock nominees I shall go!