Canada and Other Matters of Opinion Paperback – Sep 7 2010
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"Wit, sarcasm, humour, verbal gymnastics . . . are here, together with some surprising post-scripts added with the benefit of hindsight. . . . Murphy begs — eloquently, of course — to be read."
— The London Free Press
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About the Author
Rex Murphy, who needs no introduction, left his outpost home in Newfoundland to attend university at the age of fifteen. Since that time, which includes a spell at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, he has been writing and talking. His skills in that area have made him one of Canada’s most-watched and best-read commentators, while his speeches have earned standing ovations from coast to coast. A frequent presence on CBC television and radio, including a regular commentary spot with “Point of View,” Rex writes a weekly column for The Globe and Mail.
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Beyond his exceptional wordsmithing ability (which, as the reader will observe, tends to melodrama betimes), Murphy has some sort of accompanying metaphor for every point he makes. And this is what I love about Murphy, even if I don't always agree with his opinion. His creative pen takes the reader to interesting places.
Here's a favorite example:
"The great national response to winter, and the greatest shield against its many glooms and ravages, was, of course, the invention of hockey. Hockey may be seen, in its earliest manifestation, as a means of turning winter against itself; of giving a very great number of people, who were definitely not masochists, a reason to look forward to the time when all lakes and ponds were frozen and the wind chill bit the soul. Hooray, we're freezing! Let's play hockey." (p. 217)
_Canada and Other Matters of Opinion_ is, to say it again, a fun read. Each "chapter" is two to three pages in length. Because the chapters are newspaper columns, the book can be treated as a magazine. Reading from any part of the book will do since each column, although grouped with others of a similar subject matter, is free-standing.
It's my view that Murphy generally comes down on an issue a smidgeon right of center.Read more ›
By Ian Gordon Malcomson (Smithers, Canada) - See all my reviews
The reason why Rex Murphy is such a celebrated name in Canadian journalism is his unique ability to provide well-thought-out opinions on a variety of public issues that cover the diverse views of his readership. While Rex is his own master, his latest eclectic publication of views show that he is very much in touch with the big world out there. As a savvy public commentator, Murphy has that compelling need to take his thoughts to the next level where he expresses a moral certitude in a language that is graceful, charming, witty yet unforgiving. His enemies, to name a few, are religious bigots, political tyrants, and environmental wingnuts who claim to be speaking on behalf of a cause they know little or nothing about. It is Rex's job to share an intelligent opinion that exposes these very public figures and their ideas as bogus. Read any one of the articles in his latest collection, "Canada and Other Matters of Opinion" and you'll quickly appreciate that nothing stands in the way of Murphy attacking blatant ignorance and manipulation of what is decent and reasonable. To make sure the reader knows by which rational and moral standards Murphy employs his pen, there are a few greats singled out for praise in his postings. But on the whole, this book is pure polemics at its best as the man sizes up, pulls pulls apart and casts out. Numerous public policies and grand ideas receive Murphy's scrupulously critical attention as to their real human value. His commentaries are laid out in a well-organized fashion. The reader is first treated to an interesting problem, followed by a clearly defined argument which is topped off with a reasonable conclusion or judgment.Read more ›
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I looked forward to reading this book, but in fact gave up at mid-point. A collection of sarcastic, supercilious, condescending drivel. Read morePublished on March 12 2012 by Raven
It took me quite a while to get through this book - I even read another book entirely between the first & second thirds of reading this one. Read morePublished on April 22 2010 by Pippa