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The Best Laid Plans (2007)

de Terry Fallis

Sèrie: Daniel Addison (book 1)

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"Here's the set up: A burnt-out politcal aide quits just before an election - but is forced to run a hopeless campaign on the way out. He makes a deal with a crusty old Scot, Angus McLintock - an engineering professor who will do anything, anything, to avoid teaching English to engineers - to let his name stand in the election. No need to campaign, certain to lose, and so on.Then a great scandal blows away his opponent, and to their horror, Angus is elected. He decides to see what good an honest M.P. who doesn't care about being re-elected can do in Parliament. The results are hilarious - and with chess, a hovercraft, and the love of a good woman thrown in, this very funny book has something for everyone."--pub. desc.… (més)
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This was the audio version of this book, as originally podcast. I expect a few of the minor issues I had with it have probably been ironed out for the print version. If you like satire or Canadian politics (and maybe even more if you DON'T like politics) you will likely enjoy this book! ( )
  sdramsey | Dec 14, 2020 |
Nice little Liberal Party fairy tale, too bad reality for the party is a bit harsher and the professor did not actually save the day :) The author does tend to lay it a bit thick on the Liberal party line. Nice and simple, all black and white, only good and bad people here, no real characters, only caricatures, but it's okay, too few books are set in Canadian politics, so read it. ( )
  RekhainBC | Feb 15, 2019 |
Daniel Addison is leaving parliament hill to become a professor at the University of Ottawa. To appease the Liberal leader, he promises to find a candidate in the riding of Cumberland-Prentiss and act as the campaign manager. There has not been a Liberal MP in this riding for many years, in fact the very popular Finance Minister in the MP. Daniel is unable to find a willing candidate. He convinces his landlord, Angus McLintock, an engineering professor to run in exchange for teaching one of his hated English classes for Engineers. He also assures Angus that he has no chance of winning. Angus agrees, but stipulates he will not campaign or appear in any way. He actually goes off to Bali to work on a water project during the election campaign. When the Finance Mister is involved in a scandal, Angus is in for a big surprise upon his return. A great story, humorous, interesting and very Canadian. ( )
  Carlathelibrarian | Feb 5, 2019 |
For me, this farcical political romp can best be summed up as a truly Canadian spin on my favorite British political satire, Yes Minister and Yes Prime Minister. A word of caution for readers: This is an extremely Canadian story and while Fallis does take some pains to explain certain aspects of the Canadian political system and party politics, the story is filled with nuances, clichés and metaphors that may miss their mark with some non-Canadian readers. Should also mention that Fallis was a former Liberal Party advisor so it is not surprising that he takes a number of humorous swipes at the other parties – and in particular, the Conservative party as being the party in power in the setting of this story – that might not sit too well with a reader, depending on their personal political point of view. For me, I am more of an issues voter than a party voter, so I am happy to chuckle along with all political humour. Some of Fallis’s humour tends more to caricature than satire – another reason why I recommend that this book will probably make for a more rewarding read for readers with more than just a passing knowledge of Canadian politics and issues.

Overall, a fun, quick read and would make for perfect reading in the lead up to a federal election. I have already dipped into the second book, The High Road so that I can continue along with Angus and Daniels’ continuing political misadventures. ( )
  lkernagh | Aug 27, 2018 |
Hilarious scenario of a reluctant candidate running for the Liberals in a Conservative "safe seat". ( )
  SandyAMcPherson | Jun 19, 2017 |
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The best-laid schemes o' Mice an' Men
Gang aft agley,
An' lea'e us nought but grief an' pain,
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"Here's the set up: A burnt-out politcal aide quits just before an election - but is forced to run a hopeless campaign on the way out. He makes a deal with a crusty old Scot, Angus McLintock - an engineering professor who will do anything, anything, to avoid teaching English to engineers - to let his name stand in the election. No need to campaign, certain to lose, and so on.Then a great scandal blows away his opponent, and to their horror, Angus is elected. He decides to see what good an honest M.P. who doesn't care about being re-elected can do in Parliament. The results are hilarious - and with chess, a hovercraft, and the love of a good woman thrown in, this very funny book has something for everyone."--pub. desc.

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