By Andrew Cohen
The award-winning, bestselling writer of While Canada Slept gives his view of a rustic wasted on Canadians.
What is nationwide personality? What makes the american citizens, the British, the French, the Russians, and the chinese language who they're? during this homogenized international, the place globalization is a byword for a deadening sameness, why do peoples who stay within the related zone, use an identical cash, learn an analogous books, and watch an analogous video clips stay diversified from each other? up to Canada will be noticeable as a replica, clone, or colony of the United States, we're definitely precise. it's a results of our geography, heritage, and politics. It comes from our demography and prosperity. so much of all, it comes from our personality.
In The Unfinished Canadian, Andrew Cohen delves into our previous and found in seek of our defining nationwide features. He questions hoary shibboleths, soothing mythologies, and outdated saws with irreverence, humour, and flintiness, unencumbered through our proverbial politeness (itself a superb misperception) and our suffocating political correctness. we're rather a lot, in such a lot of colors, and it’s time we took a decent examine ourselves. during this provocative, passionate, and stylish publication, Cohen argues that our mythology, our jealousy, our complacency, our apathy, our amnesia, and our moderation are all a part of the insufferable lightness of being Canadian.
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