By Noah Richler
A daring cultural portrait of up to date Canada throughout the paintings of its so much celebrated novelists, brief tale writers, and storytellers.
Stories are the ideal technique to understand a spot, and at a time whilst the material of the rustic turns out day-by-day extra doubtful, Noah Richler seems to our authors for proof of the genuine nature of Canada. He argues why fiction concerns and seeks to find — within the extra-ordinary variety of groups those writers signify — what tales, if any, bind us as a nation.
Over years, Richler has criss-crossed the rustic and interviewed just about 100 authors — a who’s who of Canadian literature, together with Wayne Johnston, Michael Crummey, Alistair MacLeod, Gil Courtemanche, Jane Urquhart, Joseph Boyden, Miriam Toews, Yann Martel, Fred Stenson, Douglas Coupland, and Rohinton Mistry — concerning the areas and ideas which are such a lot significant to their paintings. the result's a trip during the fact of Canada and its mind's eye at a severe element within the country’s evolution. inside of thematic chapters he exposes our “Myths of Disappointment” and considers the tales of our local peoples, the increase of town, and the way our historical past as a colony shapes our society and politics even today.
This Is My nation, What's Yours? is an impassioned literary travelogue and a shiny portrayal of our society, the paintings of Canadian authors, and the belief of writing itself.
This Is My kingdom, What's Yours? relies on Noah Richler’s ten-part documentary of an analogous identify initially broadcast on CBC Radio’s flagship rules software in spring 2005.
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