I Was A Stranger gI am sentimental and this is a prettyood book I dated an almost militant separatist and the day we spent 15 hours or it felt like it wandering all over a rocery store in my province because he insisted there was absolutely no way a rocery store
would not carry actual cheese curds for poutine not carry actual cheese curds for poutine my entreaties that actually I had no idea what he was talking about had never seen them and thought they only existed in nursery rhymes accompanied by whey convinced me of the two solitudes So I picked up this book to try to put moments like "That Into Perspective There "into perspective there a lot of things in
I didn t about life in uebec and these are amusing little chapters about several of them one downside is the whole moving day thing makes the idea of moving to uebec even intimidating it s interesting to be in a country that has a totally divergent culture contained within not necessarily happily it s like a bad marriage but neither spouse has a sexierless stressful option canadians of any sort don t want to really marry america What a fun trip through uebec The author is an outsider British Columbian anglo of eatern european heritage but a sympathetic one He sends up a LOT of uebecois sacred cows did you know that 40% of french speaking uebecois are of Irish descent and examines the peculiar uebec style of vulgarity at hilarious length bodily functions ok words relating to the churchnaughty naughty In the end this book is both critical and affectuonate I think the strongest chapters are where he outlines the ways that uebec differs from France AND from North AmericaA uebecois is not a Frenchman but neither is he uite like an American either If you ve never been to uebec this will amuse provoke and make you want to The Lives of Stay-at-Home Fathers: Masculinity, Carework and Fatherhood in the United States go If like me you ve spent time in la belle province you will ind yourself nodding and saying It s SO true every other page Dispensing with the obvious first the book is somewhat dated almost 20 years old but much of the information is historical and contextual and therefore not so prone to an expiration date as some of the author s forays into contemporary cultural studies For my part I felt and feel lucky to have come across this book in a used bookstore in British Columbia as it provided what I wanted a fairly recent single volume survey of uebec culture and history both recent and not so that was. Winner of the 2000 uebec Writers' Federation First Book Award and the Mavis Gallant Prize for NonfictionA hip enlightening portrait of a place most Canadians find baffling uebec without the politics Why do three million uebecers tune in the same absurd sitcom every week How did theyet the nickname pepsis Why does Celine Dion put on a down home accent when she returns to her home province For referendum weary English Canadians uebec is an enigma wrapped in a yawn Taras Grescoe treats the province as an exotic destination He takes readers onto the shuffleboard courts of Flor. ,It I Didn T
Ttending University there It reveals lot about uebecois culture this American anglophone has sadly never heard of It took me forever to find a copy of this book but I m happy I eventually ot to read it Now almost 20 years old it s probably #a bit outdated but it was really interesting to read about a culture that is relatively close to me #bit outdated but it was really interesting to read about a culture that is relatively close to me rarely written about at least in America The author is an engaging author I loved his book Straphanger Saving Our Cities and Ourselves from the Automobile and he covers many aspects of uebecois culture iving the reader a solid introduction I "WOULD REALLY LOVE TO READ UPDATED INFORMATION ABOUT THE "really love to read updated information about the featured in this book but even if much of the book is no longer super relevant I think it is still a ood introduction into the world and mindset of the people of French Canada First off the info in this is not exactly fresh it s from 2000 I found some chapters kind of boring but I really enjoyed the chapters about uebec s culture straddled between North America and Europe language First Nations and winter It was kind of Montreal centric you have to keep
in mind for most of the assumptions and observations the author makes For example I lived in the Bas Saint region where the uestion of English is not a uestion at all but in huge diverse Montreal it s pretty pertinentThis book would have been A LOT different had it been written post 911 not least because the conclusion implies that the u b cois are feeling closer to Americans than Anglo Canadians Overall it cleared up a few peculiarities I had been wondering about while I was living there I m oing to 1,000 Awesome Writing Prompts give it to my mother to read so that she understands some things I haven t been able to explain properly A bit disappointing I just loved his book about fish Bottomfeeder I think the intention is to point out the contradictions in uebec society but I found it a bit negative Apparently Grescoe loves uebec Yet it seems like the people are racist against indigenous people illiterate irreligious pretending they aren t cold for six months of the year make bad television have odd newspapers eat poutineross and have a love hate relationship with France actually that part was really interesting I don t really know what to make of it Partly it is my own fault I was expecting a travelogue and it certainly isn t that. Le known here; its fears about distinctness on an increasingly uniform continent Along the way we meet such uebec residents as the playwright Michel Tremblay and the novelist Neil Bissoondath Teleglobe CEO Charles Sirois and the arctic explorer Bernard Voyer the foul mouthed columnist Pierre Foglia and the esteemed philosopher Charles Taylor Sacré Blues serves up a spicy irreverent inside view of this uniue and little known part of North America With side orders of poutine maple syrup and Vachon snack cakes And scarcely a mention of Lucien Bouchard From the Hardcover editio.that in mind for most of the assumptions and observations the author makes For example I lived in the Bas Saint
Taras Grescoe ☆ 0 Free readWritten in English Having only recently become aware of my own enealogical ties to the province and having never been there I thought Grescoe s book was an engaging introduction to a region that is as little covered on the west coast of the US as it An excellent introduction to uebec s history and present day living A bit dated now a bit of a slog
But Mostly Entertaining And Informative I Moved To Montreal Fourmostly entertaining and informative I moved to Montreal four ago and one of the reat pleasures of being here is involving myself in a long term casual research project what is this place all about what s its storySo I picked up this book when I saw it at the thrift store The author happens to live down the street from me I don t think it s unfair to call it uneven at times it strains to be funny it can be cynical and oddly mean like for most of that long chapter on uebecois television I thought the author was extolling its virtues until in the last paragraph he turned around and said no actually it s shitBut it was Grescoe s first book He was new to uebec when he wrote it There s lots of useful information in it and obviously he loves the place I m lad I read it I have read some of Grescoe s previous works which is what drove me to this book along with the fact that I was curious to see my native province through a stranger s eyes The bottom line is I d like to see an updated version of this You et the feel that the author isn t uite sure of his style yet there are a lot of repetitions and we switch from eneral facts to personal opinion very swiftlyThis book reads like a newcomer s enthusiastic first weeks everything
Is New And Shiny Uebecnew and shiny uebec an endless source of culture love acceptanceI find it interesting that the author trying to promote u b cois "an endless source of culture love acceptanceI find it interesting that the author trying to promote u b cois and thinkers can t help but to refer or compare them to French artists which in the contaxt of this book is telling Of course the province s numerous flaws are outlined I just didn t like the salesman like tone of the book There are some ood points the province s relationship to money to religion to the aboriginal populations and of course to its founding fathers and distant cousins a lot still rings very true but thirteen years have passed since the book s publication and I d love to know what a mature Grescoe thinks now Highly readable cultural history of uebec I wish I had read it before Ida to a francophone country and western festival in rural Mauricie to the café tables of expatriate uebecers in Paris He deconstructs a Montreal Canadiens hockey ame explores the stunning diversity of uebec’s newspapers and dismantles Bombardier snowmobiles En route he meets Mohawk Warriors Yiddish speaking French Canadians and the UFO obsessed followers of Raël Informed and incisive Sacré Blues explores the heart of contemporary uebec its love hate relationship with France and the United States; the dance theatre and literary productions celebrated in Europe but litt.