Canadian Essentials: A Can-Lit Primer

A Listmania! list by Jason Anderson
 
The Deptford Trilogy: Fifth Business, The Manticore, and World of Wonders
1.  The Deptford Trilogy: Fifth Business, The Manticore, and World of Wonders by Robertson Davies
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  "Full of magic, myth and more mundane matters, this is storytelling on the grandest scale."
Used & New from: CDN$ 0.66
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By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept
2.  By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept by Elizabeth Smart
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  "A madly passionate book on the subject of love and why you're sometimes better off without it."
CDN$ 11.51   Used & New from: CDN$ 0.01
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

Whale Music
3.  Whale Music by Paul Quarrington
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  "The story of the Beach Boys reaches mythic proportions in Paul Quarrington's crazed yet oddly sweet comedy."
CDN$ 15.88   Used & New from: CDN$ 2.72
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

In the Skin of a Lion
4.  In the Skin of a Lion by Michael Ondaatje
The list author says:
  "The great Toronto novel -- volatile, mysterious, maddening and sublime."
CDN$ 15.16   Used & New from: CDN$ 0.01
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)

19 Knives
5.  19 Knives by Mark A Jarman
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  "The work of a first-class yet underrated writer, these stories are hard, cool and precise."
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The Hidden Room
6.  The Hidden Room by P. K. Page
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  "Page's poetry is vivid and transcendental whether the subject is gilded cherubim or a can of Dutch Cleanser."
CDN$ 12.81   Used & New from: CDN$ 5.63

For Those Who Hunt the Wounded Down
7.  For Those Who Hunt the Wounded Down by David Adams Richards
The list author says:
  "A hard-boiled piece of Maritime noir, this is the best intro to the steely prose of David Adams Richards."
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Wish Book: a Catalogue of Stories
8.  Wish Book: a Catalogue of Stories by Derek McCormack
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  "Derek McCormack's haunting curio of a book expresses a childlike wonder at all that is nasty and seedy."
CDN$ 11.66

The Stone Angel
9.  The Stone Angel by Margaret Laurence
The list author says:
  "Hagar Shipley remains one of the feistiest, mouthiest and liveliest characters to grace the pages of a modern novel."
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3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)

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Shades: The Whole Story of Dr. Tin
10.  Shades: The Whole Story of Dr. Tin by Tom Walmsley
The list author says:
  "Packed with outrageous scenes of viciousness and degradation, this may be Can-Lit's only bona-fide punk-rock novel."
CDN$ 12.56   Used & New from: CDN$ 3.52

Beautiful Losers
11.  Beautiful Losers by Leonard Cohen
The list author says:
  "Required reading for the prematurely world-weary, the permanently broken-hearted and anyone who dreams of having his or her own island."
CDN$ 10.95   Used & New from: CDN$ 2.92
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The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz
12.  The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz by Mordecai Richler
The list author says:
  "A wiry bugger of a book that deserves its spot on innumerable Can-Lit syllabi."
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The Selected Stories of Mavis Gallant
13.  The Selected Stories of Mavis Gallant by Mavis Gallant
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  "Politely devastating stories by one of our most celebrated ex-pats."
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Hey, Crumbling Balcony! Poems New & Selected
14.  Hey, Crumbling Balcony! Poems New & Selected by Stuart Ross
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  "Poems for people who like movies about monkeys who wear pants."
CDN$ 15.72

Caesarea
15.  Caesarea by Tony Burgess
The list author says:
  "Zombies. And lots of 'em."
CDN$ 12.96   Used & New from: CDN$ 9.35

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