Canadian Essentials: Great Books That Are Almost Canadian

A Listmania! list by Jason Anderson
 
The Unusual Life of Tristan Smith
1.  The Unusual Life of Tristan Smith by Peter Carey
The list author says:
  "In this strange and moving allegory, Peter Carey may be articulating Australian cultural anxieties but they'll seem awfully familiar in this former colony."
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The Sweet Hereafter
2.  The Sweet Hereafter by Russell Banks
The list author says:
  "Atom Egoyan's celebrated film adaptation made Russell Banks' novel a Canadian tragedy when he moved the original U.S. setting a few miles north."
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Under The Volcano
3.  Under The Volcano by Malcolm Lowry
The list author says:
  "Set in Mexico and authored by a Brit, this boozehound classic was largely written in a squatter's shack in Dollarton, B.C."
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The Call of the Wild
4.  The Call of the Wild by Jack London
The list author says:
  "The Yukon Gold Rush as seen through the eyes of a German Shepherd."
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The Left Hand of Darkness
5.  The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. LeGuin
The list author says:
  "Ursula K. LeGuin's SF classic is set on a planet where the only season is winter -- sound like any place you know?"
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Infinite Jest: A Novel
6.  Infinite Jest: A Novel by David Foster Wallace
The list author says:
  "Canada has finally been absorbed into the U.S. in David Foster Wallace's enormous comedy, but Quebecois terrorists are none too pleased about the political situation."
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Maid Of The Mist
7.  Maid Of The Mist by Colin Bateman
The list author says:
  "The town of Niagara Falls is revealed in all its natural splendour (and unnatural seediness) in this raucous comic mystery by Irish writer Colin Bateman."
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Housekeeping
8.  Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson
The list author says:
  "Again, when it came time to make a movie of this exquisite story of smalltown sisters and family madness, it had to be shot in Canada."
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Zamboni Rodeo: Chasing Hockey Dreams from Austin to Albuquerque
9.  Zamboni Rodeo: Chasing Hockey Dreams from Austin to Albuquerque by Jason Cohen
The list author says:
  "There's no shortage of strapping Canadian lads wondering how the hell they ended up in Texas in Jason Cohen's account of minor-league hockey in the American Southwest."
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Pattern Recognition
10.  Pattern Recognition by William Gibson
The list author says:
  "The longtime Vancouver resident situates his story in London, Tokyo, Moscow and New York but the nature of this corporate satire is as quintessentially Canuck as Naomi Klein's No Logo."
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