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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect!, Nov. 30 2009
This review is from: What Is Stephen Harper Reading?: Yann Martel's Recommended Reading for a Prime Minister and Book Lovers of All Stripes (Paperback)
Yann Martel is brilliant (as always). Hilarious letters, excellent recommendations, and a quick and extremely satisfying read. I just finished and already I want to read it again.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A book of Ideas for Canadians & Book Lovers Of All Sorts!, April 22 2010
This review is from: What Is Stephen Harper Reading?: Yann Martel's Recommended Reading for a Prime Minister and Book Lovers of All Stripes (Paperback)
Now, if you haven't read Martel's 2001 novel, 'Life of Pi' I suggest you go and do so immediately.

Now that you've read 'Life of Pi' I can continue with my review of Martel's incredibly different work - this nonfiction, Canadian, political, epistolary novel. I don't know how to better categorize it. How does one categorize a book of letters about books that have all been sent by a Canadian Author to the current Canadian Prime Minister? Because that's exactly what Martel has done in this book. He started sending Prime Minister Harper books in April 2007, chosen all for specific reasons, to help with understanding, or governing, or culture. Martel picks a book every two weeks, writes a letter and sends it off to Harper.

In this book Martel has published all of his letters, and compiled a book of recommended readings for a prime minister of Canada. The project is still ongoing and current books & letters can be found at [...]

Some of the books Martel has chosen I have read, others I have heard of, and still others I have now added to my list of books to read in the future. I think that so far this has been a wonderfully crafted & thought-provoking project and I look forward to see what other works Martel chooses to send to Harper on a biweekly basis.

No matter if you're a Canadian, interested in Politics or Governance, or are simply looking for new & diverse book recommendations I would suggest starting here!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Choice Reading, Aug. 18 2012
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This review is from: What Is Stephen Harper Reading?: Yann Martel's Recommended Reading for a Prime Minister and Book Lovers of All Stripes (Paperback)
It is interesting to compare Martel's views about the books that the reader already knows. On the other hand, most of the reviews concerning the titles that are unknown to the reader act as effective stimulus to new reading. The language is clear and lively. Some of the books Martel's chooses for the Prime Minister do not seem to have much to do with the cultural background that one would expect for a political leader.
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