Why I Hate Canadians Paperback – Mar 8 2007
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"A scathingly funny polemic." (Globe & Mail 2007-06-05)
About the Author
Will Ferguson is the best-selling author of Bastards and Boneheads: Canada's Glorious Leaders Past and Present, Canadian History for Dummies and the tongue-in-cheek survey Why I Hate Canadians. His eleventh book, Spanish Fly was published in 2007.
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Ferguson raises a number of questions about our national fixations and delusions. Why do we think we're so nice, and why are we so proud of it? Why are we so obsessed with how much land we've got? Why do we persist in claiming that "Superman is Canadian!"? And when are we going to stop constantly comparing ourselves to the United States?
If you are Canadian, or if you know a lot of Canadians, odds are that you will find yourself, over and over again, shaking your head, laughing out loud, and saying to yourself, "that's so true!" The frank, honest humour in Ferguson's writing makes the terrible truth about ourselves surprisingly easy to accept.
Despite the title, it's quite clear that Ferguson is, in his own way, very patriotic. This book is not all about saying "Canadians suck." We have it in us to be a great people, and there are plenty of things we really SHOULD be proud of. Ferguson doesn't hesitate to point these things out. We are one of the few countries in the world to be born without a bloody revolution. We are the founders of peacekeeping and the home of multiculturalism. So why is it that we always point to the fact that we're not American when we want to demonstrate how great we are?
"Canada is Canada," says Ferguson. "You can't understand it. Don't try." But try he does, and succeeds better than any other writer I've read.
Don't let the title of this book fool you - Mr. Ferguson actually has a secret love affair with his home country going on in the background... and all the warning signs are revealed as one reads through the pages of this book.
In the oh-so-atypical-typical self-deprecating style of that which makes Canadians so Canadian, Will has deftly revealed the heart'n'soul of his fellow countrymen through our bizarre osmosis-style of taking in pop culture and deviant political practices from other countries and making them uniquely our own. But Canada has also generated some original 'content' as well, and Ferguson lovingly rips those things to shreds as well.
His humour is sharp, his wit equally sharp, and his observation of all things Canadian is dead on the mark.
A great read, this book... and it's started me on a literary oddyssey with Mr. Ferguson's work. I always browse the shelves for his latest tomes and never hesitate to pick up a copy for myself.
Great read - go get yourself a copy!
A Canadian himself, Will decries Canadian 'niceness', skewers Canadian attitudes towards America, despairs at the country's politics, and (in my favourite section) takes a merciless and hilarious look at Canadian popular culture. He doesn't hate Canadians - he loves them, and it shows.
Beautifully written, insightful, touching, and entertaining, this book should be read by everyone interested in what nationhood really means.
The author is not entirely insensitive. In fact, he's probably more proudly Canadian for the right reasons than any of us. It is our delusions that he attacks and, as is evident in our beer commercials, our delusions are held onto fiercely.
Ghandi said, "I like your Christ, just not your Christians."
Ferguson seems to say, "I love Canada, but I hate Canadians."
Are we worthy of the beautiful country we live in?
Are we as "nice" as we think we are?
Hockey, The Royal Family, Beer, Guns, keeping the Americans out, the French in, and making the Natives disappear. All of the nastier sides of Canadianism, Ferguson brings to the surface and forces us to face the demons of past and present.
Definately worth the read.
If you get a chance, check out Ferguson's article in a recent Maclean's. Camping with his son in the great Canadian wilderness.
If you know the cartoon Chip and Dale - "after you, no after you" you can appreciate how frustrating Canadians in all their passive agressiveness can be particularly for someone better suited to New York or LA. We even brake going throught the middle of intersections or up a hill. Under the surface though we're a powder keg...just beep at a Canadian and they'll get out of the car to address the matter personally...
It was a release valve. Saved my family from what they see as Canada Bashing on my part when I see it as pragmatic realism. Thanks for the book Will.
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This a very funny, very Canadian book. It will make you laugh out loud and at yourself many times. This was my second time reading this book and I recomend it to anyone who thinks... Read morePublished on May 8 2014 by J. Ray Chrétien
his book was listed in the humor section but it was not funny. maybe an interesting historical look at the political and social scene of the 60's -70"s for someone who was... Read morePublished on Aug. 24 2013 by margo jakobsen
I am an American living and working in Canada, my wife is Canadian. This book is an easy read, comical, full of satire and candid comments and stories. Read morePublished on Nov. 11 2011 by Jim Arthurs
I really enjoyed this book and at times belly-aching-hilarious. Canada is a great place to live and the people are wonderful regardless of what reviewer KIRKLAND, WA says. Read morePublished on May 16 2004 by K.B.
This was a great book. If you want a satirical opinion of Canada it's great. It critcizes the right points. Read morePublished on April 22 2004 by Tricia
The first few chapters of this book are flat-out brilliant, and often laugh out loud hilarious. Ferguson lists all the classic myths Canadians tell themselves, often with... Read morePublished on June 27 2002 by J.J. McCullough
Will Ferguson had a good idea, attack the unassailable image Canadians have of themselves. It takes a traveled ex pat to see that Canadians swallow a lot of their own propaganda... Read morePublished on April 9 2002 by Mindme