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So, I'm looking for some reading material for this year. Have a few picked out already, but this thread has me gotten me somewhat interested in Canada.

Anybody willing to recommend some books on Canada/Canadians (not restricted to history, though that is certainly fine)?


If you want Canadian Hagiography anything by Pierre Berton (The National Dream, The Last Spike... etc. etc)

Famous Canadian Poetry? hmm Robert Service?

Canadian Authors: (not necessarily writing about Canada)

Sci Fi:

Phylis Gottlieb

SOME Margaret Atwood (She a very prolific writer with poems and sci novels and 'Great' novels that we're all forced to read in high school)

... actually...

here's a list:

http://particle.physics.ucdavis.edu/canadians/authors.html

If it's not on the list I'd also recommend you look up the legend of Evangeline.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evangeline

Which will give you a tiny insight into part of both Canada's history and that of the State of Louisiana


This:
http://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/canadian

Is a search result from typing in 'famous Canadian books'

of these...

The margaret Atwood books are known to me. I've even read 'A handmaid's tale' and seen the movie.

"Anne of Green Gables" and it's sequels are quite famous. they put the tiny island province of PEI on the map. There's been plays musicals, a long running CBC tv series. and EVEN.. an Anime.. made out of those books.

"The English Patient" was made into a hit movie.

Mordecai Richeler is a prize winning Canadian Author.

...

Some things I don't Recall seeing during my quick search.

Stephen Leacock, Canadian humourist and namesake of a Canadian Literary prize.

TV.

Red Green
History Bites
The Beachcombers
Flashpoint (Set in Toronto, and they don't try to hide it. Though Toronto doesn't get this much police action in 30 years.)
The Border (set in a border town between Canada and the US. might give insight on the Canadian view of Canada US relations)

Hockey Night in Canada on the CBC. ( A must watch to understand Canadian Culture)

Movies

Strange Brew
Canadian Bacon

Two Comedies about Canadian Stereotypes.

Men With Brooms....

Supposed to be a comedy. but it does have a lot about another important Canadian sport: Curling.


Speaking of curling got me thinking of a song: "Dreaming of the Brier"

so I'll insert a plug for my Cousin's Band
http://www.flipperflanagan.com/

since they are the ones that sing it.


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try You tubing Canada and see if you get any interesting videos?

feel free to ask specifics as a result of any researches you perform. This is the best I can do off the top of my head for your more general question.









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Milk in a bag. ^+^
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That's quite a list - thank you!
I'll take a look at this stuff, probably after reading "Guns, Germs and Steel" (it seems to come up in my conversations every so often, so I guess I should give it a read). I read quick, but I suspect your suggestions will keep me busy for a while.
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Canada's no Costa Rica, but it's nice enough. Been there, enjoyed it, would love to go back for an extended stay sometime. I don't get the bagged milk thing. Or poutine. Or Tim Hortons. Or the White Spot. Or Justin Bieber. Two-dollar coins, though—I totally get that. And Rush. But I'm still trying to figure out William Shatner. (A lot of actors, musicians, etc.—both good and not-nearly-as-good—come from there.)

Historically, much of Canada was British, just like the USA but for a longer time, so they had that imperialist streak. They've just grown out of it and done their best to make up for it. Like the UK, they've 'liberalized' (in the US sense) to a certain extent on matters that we haven't—and they haven't followed the UK quite so far in authoritarianism, which is cool.

I've found Canadians to be fairly friendly, but not overly so. They're not your buddy, pal, just decent people with a different outlook. On the other hand, I've known Canadian expats who tend to be more 'American' (whatever that means) in their thinking. People are people; it's easy to make broad generalizations, but it's not very meaningful to do so.

I can't speak for the world, but I have a fairly positive view of Canada as a whole, while still realizing that it has its problems, as every country does, and that I'm not going to like everything about it nor every person that hails from there.
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That's quite a list - thank you!
I'll take a look at this stuff, probably after reading "Guns, Germs and Steel" (it seems to come up in my conversations every so often, so I guess I should give it a read). I read quick, but I suspect your suggestions will keep me busy for a while.


Last time I was in the Book store I ended up picking Leopold's Ghost (about the Belgians in the Congo) over Guns Germs and Steel but it was a hard choice. The thesis of the latter as I read on the blurb was a very interesting approach history.

another book that keeps coming to mind (which suggests it was good ) I read years ago. it takes an etiological approach that allows things to make sense from a strange macro perspective. It was called "The Ride of the Second Horseman: the Birth and Death of War"

http://www.amazon.com/Ride-Second-Horseman-Birth-Death/dp/0195119207

For a book I read in the late 90's some of it's arguments still make sense of things I see and hear today.

It's got nothing to do with Canada however.

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Canada, some people are french and your country smokes a lot of bud
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Canada, some people are french and your country smokes a lot of bud


What?



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Canada, some people are french and your country smokes a lot of bud


Some people SPEAK french (actually I do too, just not very well) as their mother tongue. but they are no more 'French' than I am British because my mother tongue is English.

Bud is a disgusting American overhopped, underflavoured, macro-brewery "beer", how the hell would you smoke it? and why would someone who had access to 'Maudite', 'Fin Du Monde', 'Dieu du Ciel' or even Sleeman's drink consume that shit?



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Apparently we apologize too much.
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Trailer Park Boys. 'Nuff said.

I love it here. I can't bear to be outside of Montreal for too long.

Speaking from my own experiences with exchange students and as a tourist in other countries, Canadians are perceived as peaceful, soft-spoken and polite. I do believe we're a fairly balanced people.

Oh, and how could I forget the official French Canada video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WULsZJxPfws
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UrsusJasonTyrannus wrote:

Canada, some people are french and your country smokes a lot of bud


Some people SPEAK french (actually I do too, just not very well) as their mother tongue. but they are no more 'French' than I am British because my mother tongue is English.

Bud is a disgusting American overhopped, underflavoured, macro-brewery "beer", how the hell would you smoke it? and why would someone who had access to 'Maudite', 'Fin Du Monde', 'Dieu du Ciel' or even Sleeman's drink consume that shit?





Assuming you're not just faking misunderstanding to segue into ragging on American beer (I won't judge, I rarely drink, so it doesn't matter to me), I believe "bud" is also a slang term for marijuana.

Though since you brought it up, it does seem that only Americans really like American beer, from various forum posts I've read. Everybody else just rips on it.
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papagolfwhiskey wrote:


UrsusJasonTyrannus wrote:

Canada, some people are french and your country smokes a lot of bud


Some people SPEAK french (actually I do too, just not very well) as their mother tongue. but they are no more 'French' than I am British because my mother tongue is English.

Bud is a disgusting American overhopped, underflavoured, macro-brewery "beer", how the hell would you smoke it? and why would someone who had access to 'Maudite', 'Fin Du Monde', 'Dieu du Ciel' or even Sleeman's drink consume that shit?





Assuming you're not just faking misunderstanding to segue into ragging on American beer (I won't judge, I rarely drink, so it doesn't matter to me), I believe "bud" is also a slang term for marijuana.

Though since you brought it up, it does seem that only Americans really like American beer, from various forum posts I've read. Everybody else just rips on it.


I wasn't sure. Thanks for clarifying.

and yeah. American Beer sucks. Canadian Macro Brewery beer (Molson's Labbatt's etc.) Suck as well. this isn't a nationality thing.

Craft Brew beer is where it's at. (there are plenty of American Craft Beers as well and I'm sure they're good)

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