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"Imagining Ourselves" gathers together selections from Canadian non-fiction books that in some way have had a major impact on how we view ourselves as Canadians, revealing how the national identity has been shaped and informed by the written word. Included are selections from such well-known Canadian books as "Wild Animals I Have Known" (Ernest Thomas Seton), "Pilgrims of "Imagining Ourselves" gathers together selections from Canadian non-fiction books that in some way have had a major impact on how we view ourselves as Canadians, revealing how the national identity has been shaped and informed by the written word. Included are selections from such well-known Canadian books as "Wild Animals I Have Known" (Ernest Thomas Seton), "Pilgrims of the Wild" (Grey Owl), "Klee Wyck" (Emily Carr), "The Game" (Ken Dryden), "Renegade in Power" (Peter C. Newman), "Survival" (Margaret Atwood), and "The Last Spike" (Pierre Berton).


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"Imagining Ourselves" gathers together selections from Canadian non-fiction books that in some way have had a major impact on how we view ourselves as Canadians, revealing how the national identity has been shaped and informed by the written word. Included are selections from such well-known Canadian books as "Wild Animals I Have Known" (Ernest Thomas Seton), "Pilgrims of "Imagining Ourselves" gathers together selections from Canadian non-fiction books that in some way have had a major impact on how we view ourselves as Canadians, revealing how the national identity has been shaped and informed by the written word. Included are selections from such well-known Canadian books as "Wild Animals I Have Known" (Ernest Thomas Seton), "Pilgrims of the Wild" (Grey Owl), "Klee Wyck" (Emily Carr), "The Game" (Ken Dryden), "Renegade in Power" (Peter C. Newman), "Survival" (Margaret Atwood), and "The Last Spike" (Pierre Berton).

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Glen

    This is an interesting collection of Canadian non-fiction writing that runs the gamut from early explorers' narratives to contemporary accounts of attempting to belong to a nation with a perennial identity crisis. I felt that the power of the selections waned somewhat in the latter third, with the most powerful excerpts being those that depict the relationship between the European newcomers and the land, between aboriginal inhabitants and the land, and the relationship between the two afore-ment This is an interesting collection of Canadian non-fiction writing that runs the gamut from early explorers' narratives to contemporary accounts of attempting to belong to a nation with a perennial identity crisis. I felt that the power of the selections waned somewhat in the latter third, with the most powerful excerpts being those that depict the relationship between the European newcomers and the land, between aboriginal inhabitants and the land, and the relationship between the two afore-mentioned groups. I was pleased to see an excerpt from Emily Carr's Klee Wyck, and was surprisingly engaged and entertained by the selection from one of Grey Owl's (impostor or adoptee?) writings. I found the political excerpts to be a little humdrum, but chuckled greatly at Morley Callaghan's account of an evening in Paris with James and Nora Joyce, marveled at James Minifie's account of sod-busting on the prairies of Saskatchewan, and was riveted by two Newfoundland-based pieces, one by Farley Mowat on the fate of a whale beset by curious and aggressive locals, and one by Cassie Brown on the death of a large group of sealers in 1914 when they became separated from their ship on drift ice. All in all a diverse and rewarding read that may be available in more updated versions than the 1994 copyright I perused.

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