- Hardcover: 470 pages
- Publisher: McClelland & Stewart (Nov. 2 1991)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0771037317
- ISBN-13: 978-0771037313
- Parcel Dimensions: 23.2 x 16.7 x 2.8 cm
- Shipping Weight: 717 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,443,711 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Fourth Morningside Papers Hardcover – Nov 2 1991
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One of the best things 1991 brought us was Peter Gzowski's The Fourth Morningside Papers. Gzowski himself calls it "the ruminations of ... the smartest and most literate audience in the world." I'm not sure I'd go that far, but it is part almanac and part anthology of all the nice things nice Canadians thought about in the last two years. As a bonus, it also includes an introductory state-of the-Dominion address by Gzowski. Ostensibly, it's about golfing on Baffin Island with the Morningside Royal Family, but by the time he's through, he's given us a surprisingly clear overview of the crisis Canada is mired in. Gzowski's introduction is ridiculous and charming and pertinent, and so is most of The Fourth Morningside Papers.
It's hard to be skeptical about Gzowski. He writes well-rounded English sentences in defence of the country, and its people, sentences that are filled with rich, succinct images about how wonderful Canada is and somehow manage to be corny and convincing at the same time. He's our very own William Wordsworth, as his distinctive voicelike listening to someone speak and hum along at the same timeponders the Canadian scene. After 30 pages of him, your cynicism dissolves, and you find yourself thinking like him. And one could do a lot worse than to think along with Peter Gzowski.
Brian Fawcett (Books in Canada) -- Books in Canada
About the Author
Former host of CBC Radio’s “Morningside,” Peter Gzowski was one of Canada’s pre-eminent journalists. He was a Companion of the Order of Canada, the winner of seven ACTRA awards, as well as the Peabody Award for Outstanding Contribution to Broadcasting – the only Canadian ever to have been given the award for work as an individual. He received many lifetime achievement awards and honorary doctorates from twelve Canadian universities, the citation for the University of Calgary describing him as “the cartographer of the Canadian soul.”
He was the author of many best-selling books, including The Game of Our Lives, his memorable work on hockey (1981), The Private Voice, his memoir from 1988, five collections of Morningside Papers, the retrospective The Morningside Years, and two collections of columns, Canadian Living, and Friends, Moments, Countryside. His most recent book, published last fall, was an anthology of his best work entitled A Peter Gzowski Reader.
Peter Gzowski passed away on Thursday, January 24, 2002.
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