What do you think of the 2012 books?
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The book is partly an autobiography and partly a history of the Canadian rock scene.
I don't want to make any comments about how it should do in the debates until I read at least one more of the books. I'm on Chapter 2 of Something Fierce now.
I loved Something Fierce because of the way it told the story of a young girl growing up and a revolution -- both with an insider's perspective that added to my understanding of South America.
I also enjoyed The Game by Ken Dryden although it took me a while to get into it. It is about so much more than hockey: it's about growing up in Canada, living in Quebec when the PQ was first elected, balancing work and family. Hockey is all of these things: part of our culture, our history and our economy. So, a very fine choice for Canada Reads.
I'm about 10% into The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival by John Vallant.
The Tiger, like The Golden Spruce, shows Mr. Vaillant's talent at getting into the head-space of unique characters, and his ability to tell an exciting story.
It should be an interesting debate. Ken Dryden's book and On a Cold Road actually take place in Canada while the other three don't. I wonder to what extent this will feature in the debates.
Overall, I think there are five good books here...I'm ready for the debate!
I find that with a lot of books I read! Probably 50% of books I read are overly long.
I liked the detail of The Tiger but again, I am also only 3-4 chapters in. Hubby, on the other hand, commented that it was really detailed and that he was tempted to skip over some it because he felt it droned on. Now I really want the silly thing back so I can read it again!