One Canada Reads to be eliminated each day....
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I won't tell you which one was eliminated;) Oh the suspense!!!...
In retrospect, I think the panelists should have been challenged to accept the book as a novel -- the Canada Reads producers did, as did the many Canadians who voted for it on both the long list and the short list of possible selections. I would have much preferred to see the book, rather than the genre, debated. Did the panelists identify with the characters? Was there a universal theme that would speak to Canadians? None of that was explored -- it was just "too few words" and not enough "reading".
Another book has been eliminated - but I won't tell you which one..... I'm really pulling for my personal favourite at this time!!;) But I think tommorow - or so I read - they announce the finalist?
I've not been impressed with Debbie Travers at all. She hated The Best Laid Plans so much she wouldn't finish it (she had better use of her time!) Poor Sara nearly had apoplexy when Debbie said it and asked her why she voted off Essex County if she hated the other book so much.
I admit that I'm not all that interested in graphic novels in general (although I know several people with great taste who are crazy about them), but I think I'll track down a copy of Essex County now.
Oh, the other thing that's bothering me is that because this is the 10th anniversary of the show, they're calling the winner the best Canadian book of the decade. But to me, the best book would be a competition between all the previous winners. I don't think any of these books this year qualify for the best book of the decade.
What did you think of the panel? I thought it was a bit weak. Debbie Travis was a nightmare. She did do an excellent job at promoting her book; however, she even admitted to only reading it once. Now, I know that she's A Very Important Person who is Very Busy. (Aren't we all.) But I never wrote an essay on one reading of a book. If she's going to make time in her Important Schedule to participate in this, I think she needs to do the work--like reading the other books! She didn't read the winner until this week, and another book she admitted to skimming. And she was just so dismissive. She also said that she didn't like Canadian politics and speculated that she was too English to get the humour. Maybe she shouldn't have been on a panel to pick the "essential Canadian novel" in that case. Sheesh.
I also think that Georges Laraque didn't do a very good job. Don't get me wrong--I think Georges is a fascinating individual--I mean, how many Franco-Afro, Green Party, gay-right-supporting, dreadlock wearing vegans have there been in the NHL? I rather like him, actually. But when it came to defending his book, he was a bit of a one-note wonder.
The other three were fine. But I don't think this was their best panel.
The other thing that bothered me was how many times I heard that Unless was a difficult book--"even the critics say so." Puh-leeze. Carol Shields is a very accessible author. To hear the comments, you'd think they were discussing James Joyce or Proust.
Anyway, in the end, I'm actually interested in read all of the books, and it's all in fun. It gets people talking about books, and that's a wonderful thing.
When I remembered Canada Reads from other years, I realized I enjoyed all the books this year for the first time, so the winner really didn't matter. Then the tie-breaking process rather messed up the choices as Debbie had to eliminate her competition, when she really didn't like TBLP at all. That made the winner one of the most accessible books of all and, as a bonus, one that is also quite humorous and touching. I'm pleased with the result.
Yeah, from what I hear it wasn't just us she annoyed. Sounds like Debbie didn't make herself many new fans through this competition.
Different strokes for different folks I guess.
My favourite book, though, was Unless. I read all five books in a row, with that one last. One the very first page I just felt I'd returned to the work of a master writer and storyteller. Carol Shields remains one of our best authors.
The panelists left something to be desired this year, I thought. Avi was delightful as was Sara, but the other three..... I thought both George and Lorne could have marshalled more arguments to support their books. And Debbie Travis didn't even finish Best Laid Plans 'til the last day of the debates and fast-forwarded through Essex County without, seemingly, bothering to think about it.
Finally, I think the whole theme of "essential" book "of the decade" was a bit over the top and maybe detracted from looking at five very good to great books on their own merits.
Great fun, as always. I'm (also as always) looking forward to next year's Canada Reads.
Please don't flame too badly! ;)
I've never felt oppressed as female - nor have I longed to live in a dystopian universe. Now you know! :)
I think Unless was probably the best one, but like vancouverdeb I didn't really enjoy it- don't we have enough dreary books about women in Canada? Essex County was a good graphic novel, but as one of the panelists said it was more of a short story. The Birth House was light chick-lit, fun for women but maybe not so much for men. I was pleasantly surprised by The Bone Cage. I don't know if I would say it was the best book in a decade, but it might have been the best novel about athletes I have read.
I am happy that The Best Laid Plans won. It was witty, interesting and at times touching. I think it was the most Canadian of them all.