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Well, that piece of news caught my attention! ;-)
hi lynn! i am glad to see there is a group here on LT for canada reads! i think the 2014 debates are going to be very interesting! i was able to attend the launch event in toronto, and meet the panelists & authors ahead of time. it was really great.
i had to laugh at your YotF comment. i was hoping it wouldn't be chosen, haha!! but i will read it, now that it's in for 2014.
Of the other two, I've read books by those authors and liked them. What a great collections of books and authors! I'm number 2 at the library for Cockroach, and it's a book I've been meaning to read since I loved DeNiro's Game.
Sam Bee, Donovan Bailey, and Stephen Lewis? That is an impressive varied collection of awesomeness.
But, I don't see how this is a "book that could change Canada", which is the theme for the debates???
Read the first page of both The Orenda and Cockroach today, and wanted to read both . . . but I picked The Orenda. I bought the first edition hardback (sale table at Costco), so it looks dauntingly long, but now that I've started I think it will actually go fast--lots of short chapters, which I find easier to read than big long chapters. On one hand, that makes no sense. But it's true.
Annabel - Meh, I found it uneven, but it certainly generated a lot of discussion in my book club a couple of years ago.
Year of the Flood- I enjoyed parts of this a lot, especially listening to the original hymns on the audiobook version, but Atwood already is a legend, so I would prefer another author to benefit from winning
Half-Blood Blues- While I really liked the writing, I agree that it might not top the list of books to change Canada.
Cockroach-Not a book I would normally pick up, and I struggled to finish it because I didn't like the characters, but I think the subject of integration of immigrants into our society is timely, especially in Quebec
The Orenda Amazing! I've never read a book quite like it- so many layers of love, violence, misunderstandings, myth and history. Unfortunately, I predict that the panlists will knock this one out early because of the perceived threat, but I am so thankful that Canada Reads introduced me to Boyden's writing.
Anyone else have thoughts about today's program?
I thought the show today was very good. Sometimes I feel like it's all fluff, and no content, just talking around the books, but today felt substantial. I don't even know which book I'm cheering for. I've read all but The Orenda, and after Web Kenow's opening verse, I can't believe I didn't read it. I'm definitely going to look for it. I love how invested Sam Bee was in her book Cockroach, and she was right when she was so upset and crying. I didn't like Web dismissing the immigrant experience - clearly some immigrants feel like the character in Rawi Hage's book, and to dismiss that is just as disrepectful as dismissing the native experience.
About the book that was voted off:
I like how the panelists all seemed to actually like each other's books for varied reason.
I can't wait to listen to tomorrow's broadcast (on podcast later in the day)
I think the debate was great!
******warning: I'm not hiding spoilers***********
So what do you think after today's show? I agree with the book that they voted off in that it doesn't appear to fit the theme, and I don't think its panelist was able to show how it did. I haven't read it, so I'm just going by what I hear in the debate.
The only other comments I have are about The Orenda--I have a couple of issues with the book and its place in the debate. When the book was published I was very eager to read it and bought it right away, which is something I almost never do. Life got in the way and I didn't get to read it until now -- I have 78 pages left that I hope to knock back today. I have to say I'm disappointed with the book. In some places I found the writing to be poor, but overall I find it sort of boring. And when Bird wrestles down the buck, it occurs to me that he is a superhero cartoon character. Further, I'm finding Wab Kinew is too much in my face and overly aggressive, maybe even a bit of a bully. He's not winning me over to his side. That said, I did agree with his comments about the veracity of Annabel (even though he was rather aggressive in his technique!). I liked Annabel when I read it--I think I even gave it 5 stars--but it's a flawed book for sure, and I'm not sure it inspires change. So at this point I think I have to cheer for Cockroach, even though I haven't read it. But Samantha Bee's tears yesterday touched me (does that make me a sap?).
Just my thoughts--I'm sure you will all disagree!
I haven't listened to today's yet. Yesterday the podcast wasn't available til supper time.
I'm still unsure whether or not I will add Cockroach and The Orenda to my tbr. I'm guessing I'll likely add both, but I haven't actually done so quite yet.
Going with the theme, I agree that Half Blood Blues doesn't really fit. I was surprised Cockroach managed to stay in the running as long as it did! I guess, with it staying under the radar as long as it did, that may have helped?
As always, it was an enjoyable debate!