Canadian Essentials: Rewriting Canadian History

A Listmania! list by peter darbyshire
 
Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town
1.  Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town by Stephen Leacock
The list author says:
  "Equal parts nostalgia for a time gone by and satire of Canadian values, Sunshine Sketches remains one of the funniest -- and most poignant -- works of Canadian literature."
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In the Skin of a Lion
2.  In the Skin of a Lion by Michael Ondaatje
The list author says:
  "A tale of the building of Toronto, told from the forgotten perspectives of the faceless immigrants and the lost dreamers who helped shape the city."
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Grab Bag
3.  Grab Bag by Derek McCormack
The list author says:
  "Tales of rough gay lust in Canada’s rural past, told with sly precision and startling insight into sexuality. In the dull, ordered fields of CanLit, McCormack’s a thresher run wildly out of control."
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Wars
4.  Wars by Timothy Findley
The list author says:
  "This classic war novel reconstructs the life of a man who goes mad in the First World War. In doing so, it re-examines an era and the troubling intersection between violence and male sexuality."
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It's a Good Life, If You Don't Weaken
5.  It's a Good Life, If You Don't Weaken by Seth
The list author says:
  "A modern-day Odyssey, if Odysseus was a comic artist travelling around small-town Canada and Penelope was his cartoonist idol. A tribute to everything we’ve left behind in our rush toward modernity."
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The Journals of Susanna Moodie
6.  The Journals of Susanna Moodie by Susanna Moodie
The list author says:
  "A poetic campout with the Canadian classic Roughing It in the Bush. Journals is an eerily beautiful account of the struggle to find one’s self in the Canadian wilderness – and in human company."
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Black Bird
7.  Black Bird by Michel Basilieres
The list author says:
  "An absurd romp through Quebec’s October Crisis, Black Bird is alternatively funny as hell and horribly sacrilegious -- to those who think Canadian history is a sacred cow, anyway."
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The Lost Salt Gift of Blood
8.  The Lost Salt Gift of Blood by Alistair MacLeod
The list author says:
  "The stories collected here reveal Cape Breton life isn’t all hardship, loss and suffering -- it’s also guilt, remorse and despair. And spiritual home to Macleod, Canada’s Chekhov if we ever had one."
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Caprice
9.  Caprice by George Bowering
The list author says:
  "A fiery woman with a bullwhip tracks her brother’s killer through the Wild West, along with a little Faust and some wisecracking native observers. You’ll wish this actually was Canadian history."
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Salamander
10.  Salamander by Thomas Wharton
The list author says:
  "A soldier finds a bookshop during the siege of Quebec and discovers the story of a madman’s quest for an infinite book. A meditation on storytelling itself. Think Borges, think Calvino. Think Wharton."
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