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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Canadian Literature

Today I am reviewing some of the Canadian Literature I have read and that I recommend. This list is not complete...even as I write books, new ones spring to mind. But this will do for a start.

Must Reads:
As For Me and My House - Sinclair Ross
The Stone Angel - Margaret Laurence
Short Stories (any collection) - Alice Munro
Two Solitudes - Hugh Maclennan
Cat's Eye - Margaret Atwood
The Wars - Timothy Findley
The Rebel Angels - Robertson Davies
Roughing It In The Bush - Susanna Moodie

Modern Classics
The Best Laid Plans - Terry Fallis
Fall On Your Knees -Ann Marie MacDonald
The Colony of Unrequited Dreams - Wayne Johnston
Away - Jane Urquhart
The Law of Dreams - Peter Behrens
The Book of Negroes - Lawrence Hill

My Current To Be Read/Re-read Pile
Half-Blood Blues - Esi Edugan
The Virgin Cure - Ami Mackay
Garbo Laughs - Elizabeth Hay

Not to Be Left Out
Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
Burden of Desire - Robert MacNeil

What have I missed that you have loved?


Eileen said...

That's a great list, and I've read many of them.

I think my three favourite books by Canadian authors are:

Away (that's on your list)
Fugitive Pieces, by Anne Michaels
No Great Mischief, by Alastair McLeod.

And everything by Mordecai Richler.

Leanne Haines said...

I'm embarrassed to say how few of these I've read! The Best Laid Plans is next on my book club list, and I'm looking forward to it. LOVED The Book of Negroes. Hated Fall on Your Knees. I feel like I need to copy this list and work my way through it! The Virgin Cure is also waiting on my Kobo, as is Anne, which I can read again and again and again!

Denise Nielsen said...

Eileen, I love McLeod and Richler too. Every time I look at my list, there's another book I thinkof to add:)

Leanne - shame! Just kidding - no time like the present (and I know why you hated Fall On Your Knees - I have a love hater relationship with it myself.)

Finola said...

I will probably come back and add more, but three for me are:

The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields. I also loved Unless and Larry's Party, but I will limit myself to just one by CS.

A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry

Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood

Mary Lynn said...

I loved Fugitive Pieces, A Fine Balance, The Colony of Unrequited Dreams, Deafening, Barney's Version, The White Bone, Life of Pi, Come Thou Tortoise, and pretty much anything by Carol Shields (my favourite is a toss-up between The Stone Diaries and Larry's Party).

I love Canadian Lit