The Best Laid Plans
Selected as the 2011 CBC Canada Reads Winner!This book beat out work by Douglas Coupland and Will Ferguson because it is very, very good — a terrific Canadian political satire.Here’s the set up: A burnt-out politcal aide quits just before an election — but is forced to run a hopeless campaign on... show more
Selected as the 2011 CBC Canada Reads Winner!This book beat out work by Douglas Coupland and Will Ferguson because it is very, very good — a terrific Canadian political satire.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.
Publish date: 2008-09-05
Publisher: Emblem Editions
Pages no: 336
Edition language: English
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, Canadian Literature
I had a rocky start with this book. The author clearly knows politics, but much less about academia - or at least, current academia. The idea that the protagonist was approached about a tenure track appointment a couple of months before the book began, and that the position was still open, and there...
Way too partisan, but funny, a little hokey, and not enough detail. The beauty is in the details, as they say. Midterms in November? I don't think so, Mr. Fallis.
Daniel Addison arrived on Partliament Hill in Ottawa to work as a speech writer, “[n]aïve, innocent, and excited” and left “embittered, exhausted, and ineffably sad”. The Best Laid Plans begins after that, so you might expect a nasty, weary, sorrowful tale. A story of incessant unravelling. One that...
A Canadian political satire, won the Stephen Leacock prize. LOL.Duncan Angus McLintock is a Scottish prof of engineering in Ottawa, who agrees to run as Liberal candidate in a federal election, as part of a horse trade that lets him escape the dreaded horror of teaching English to engineering stude...
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