Canadian Literature Challenge
Filed under: CanLit Challenge — Ibis at 9:13 am on Sunday, October 30, 2005

Here is the thread in which I was inspired to create this challenge:
Hey Canucks! I have a CanLit question…
“In a way, I feel like an exile from (or at least a stranger to) my own country, in a literary sense. I can probably count how many Canadian books I’ve read. That’s pretty sad when I consider how many American novels I’ve read (not to mention British). I’m talking classics here not mass genre fiction (though I’m positive I could say the same for that too, but that doesn’t really bother me). I’m patriotic, in a nice, polite, Canadian way. I have an interest in my national culture. I’m at a point where I’m trying to address some of the shortfalls in my reading list (I’m trying to read some of those kiddielit classics that I missed out on, for example). So the question I have is, where should I start? What classic CanLit book would you recommend I read? ”

Here is the thread in which I announced this challenge:
Invitation to Canadian Lit 101
“I have a plan, inspired by suggestions given to me in my previous CanLit thread, to read through the entire New Canadian Library collection (though that might take a while!), along with any other Canadian books that come my way. If anyone else is interested in reading some Canadian classics, I’d appreciate the company. You’re welcome to join me for one or for all. I’ll announce ’em as I pick ’em.”


  • lesezeichen said:  
    (On November 2nd, 2005 at 3:56 pm)

    Hi Ibis, welcome on blogspot 😉 And good luck with your project! The site looks great and I will keep up with it for sure. I might even join you in reading the odd book or two, but that will definitely be after we’re through with Bleak House. Actually, I am German, but I spent a school year in Québec 20 years ago, that’s why I know some of the francophone books on the list, most notably The Alleycat and The Tin Flute. Thanks to your project I hope to learn something about Canadian anglophone literature other than Atwood or Shields. By the way, the name *I* am missing on the list is Nancy Huston, but she’s been living in France for so long now that maybe she’s considered French.
    That’s it for now, good luck again and happy reading!

  • nanny60read said:  
    (On November 3rd, 2005 at 12:37 pm)

    Im an old lady. I should live so long as to get through that list. But I’ll cross off the ones I have read and I will re-read, barometer rising as a starter. Good luck

  • gnoe.gnoe said:  
    (On April 17th, 2007 at 8:15 am)

    Hi Ibis3,

    Great challenge! I would like to recommend one of my favourite authors: Barbara Gowdy. I especially loved Mr Sandman and The White Bone (which was just out when I visited Toronto), but also the more subtle The Romantic.

    I just got myself a copy of her NEW book (hooray!) Helpless. So if you would like to read along…

    BX-er Gnoe from The Netherlands

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