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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday Canada; First Edition edition (Sept. 24 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385665067
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385665063
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 2.6 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 422 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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“The late novelist Kurt Vonnegut understood these costs. He once wrote about going to town to buy an envelope, though his wife sensibly suggested he save time and buy in bulk. ‘I’m going to have a hell of a good time in the process of buying one envelope,’ Vonnegut replied. ‘I meet a lot of people. And see some great looking babes. And a fire engine goes by. And I give them the thumbs up. . . . The moral of the story is, we’re here on Earth to fart around. And of course the computers will do us out of that.’ To that lament, DeMont’s lively and meticulously reported account serves as a heartfelt amen.”
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A Good Day's Work is a one-of-a-kind work and an important book. . . . as many Canadians as possible need to read it.”
The Guardian (Charlottetown).

About the Author

JOHN DeMONT is the bestselling and award-winning author of Citizens Irving: The Irvings of New Brunswick, The Last Best Place: Lost in the Heart of Nova Scotia and Coal Black Heart: The Story of Coal and the Lives It Ruled. He has written for many publications, including the Financial Times, Canadian Geographic, The Walrus, and Maclean's -- where he was Atlantic bureau chief for ten years. He is now senior writer and columnist for The Chronicle Herald in Halifax, N.S. The author lives in Halifax, NS.

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awesome book, I have ALWAYS thought about this exact same thing living in Canada. I remember growing up when there was no such thing as cookie cutter house subdivisions. A time when everyone knew everyone, it wasn't impossible to make a living by doing good labor. A slower pace. When I found this book it honestly moved me. As an employee of CP Rail I feel pride in the original idea that the company brought Canada together over 130 years ago. Very disheartening that we are now american owned. I yearn for a time when things in this book were everyday life. I firmly agree that 1967 was the "Last good year".
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By nostalgic2 on Jan. 3 2014
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Demont says it well: "The world becomes a lesser place when people who once found fulfillment in their jobs are being transformed into automatons rather than artisans" . . .and "things that really matter don't have to be rushed". Not just a nostalgic narrative about the milkman, blacksmith, traveling salesmen, etc. (the 'last of a dying breed') but a book that tells us a lot about the value of work and the direction of things in this country.
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