Saturday, June 13, 2015

The Best Laid Plans (Terry Fallis)

It's true. This is funny! I didn't think I could get into this story very well. I was pleasantly surprised.

I loved the author's story of getting this book to print as well. I listened to his podcast while I walked for some of the chapters and read others. His podcast is really well done.

Currently, with our new NDP government in place in Alberta, this is a hilarious read. A little true to life!

Goodreads summary:

A burnt-out political 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 - or is he?

Canadian Authors - Terry Fallis lives in Toronto. He went to McMaster and has won Canadian writing awards.

Canadian history - this is a story of political commentary and some history is involved
Feminism - one of the main characters, Angus, was married to a great feminist writer (she passed away months previous) and gets along well with feminists
Humor - this book is seriously funny
Making a difference - Angus stays true to his ideals (something unusual for politicians, it seems)
Personal Growth - a number of characters in the story do things that are uncomfortable, but important

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