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    Very Funny, and yes - Very Real

    First of all, it’s a bit scary when Word won’t save a title because it has a question mark in it, eh? It’s also scary that even though I lived through many of the iconic moments in this book – in Canada – I had no clue they existed. My weakest area: TV references. For over 12 years I was working or sleeping during the hours most of these referenced TV shows were on air. After that, from approx. 1990 onward, I chose not to have a TV at all. Instead, I started collecting DVD’s of shows I thought were interesting. Most of my collection came from and/or – and maybe I wasn’t searching right, but I don’t recall ever coming across a CDN show on offer. None of these factors (and others I won’t go into) diluted my 100% enjoyment of this book. It is funny, it is informative, and delightfully cringe-worthy in many places. (Yes, I am Canadian. I know how to cringe.) At one point the author mentions how people outside Canada were amazed (after Wikipedia launched in 2001) how many of their favorite entertainers were actually – gasp – Canadian. (It’s okay, though – many Canadians gasped, too.) Personally, I can only think of one main reason this happened: (excuse the mashed up quote) – Being Canadian is something to rise above. (Okay – altogether now – cringe). Oh, and, just in case you find this hard to believe, read about Alix Spiegel’s opinions regarding Peter Jennings’ origins. (Cringe lessons on offer for free, unless you are Canadian, in which case you don’t need lessons). Yes, Peter Jennings was Canadian grown and hosted a major American TV show. Scandalous stuff. One of the funniest (laugh out loud kind) quiz answers: “If you guessed e) all of the above, please be advised that these quizzes are not designed as a drinking game.” And with that, I will stop with the excerpts. If I were to address every topic and neat turn of phrase or startling revelation, this review would be as long as the book. For sheer entertainment value (as in laughs, information, chuckles, head-nodding, great quizzes, and even cringing) this book is a must-read for all Canadians, all wannabe Canadians (all two of you), and anyone who might want to know more about Canadians and their culture – particularly the fine art of the perfect cringe. A solid five stars and congratulatory handshake (*not* the Shawinigan kind) to Ms Villamere for tackling this and giving us so much fun.
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    Is Canada Even Real?

    Given all the serious books on this topic this year, there were bound to be satirical shots too.This one is clever but light weight.
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    Is Canada Even Real?

    Seriously disappointed with this book that could have told stories of quirky things in Canada with humour and understanding, but instead came off condescending and negative.
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    Is this book for real?

    Not the most interesting book I have ever read, some of the trivia was good some not so good

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