Sunday, May 25, 2008

BOOK: How to Be a Canadian by Will and Ian Ferguson

How to Be a Canadian by Will and Ian Ferguson

Canadian Book Challenge: Alberta

I had previously started reading Why I Hate Canadians by Will Ferguson but couldn't get into it at all. I thought it was supposed to be funny, but it seemed more of a real nonfiction book, with real analysis. Maybe it was jsut my mood at the time. When I went ot the library to reborrow it, I found How to Be a Canadian (Even if you Already are One ) instead. This is the sequel of sorts, but it was also much funnier. I was reading passages outloud to my husband again and giggling like mad in other parts. It felt a bit dated in parts, as it is from 2001 and the political humor lost a little something after seven years.

With chapters on language, leisure, cuisine, and a cross country tour, our combined culture is ripe for satire. Beer, hockey, Tim Hortons, the CBC; it's all there. The Ferguson brothers tapped my funny bone. There were lots of stereotypical Canadian jokes, but it was the perfect book to finish up the Canadian Book Challenge with.


  1. I have one on my shelf called, "So You Want to be a Canadian, Eh?" :) Sounds like they are more or less the same.

  2. Another good one in the same vein is Douglas Coupland's Souvenir of Canada 1 and 2. Have you read them?


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