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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Canongate Books; Main edition (27 April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841956902
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841956909
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 420,332 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A hilarious, observant, personable journey from one chilly coast to the next." -- OBSERVER

"Ferguson is adept at breezily whacking the underbelly of his sprawling, haphazard country." -- SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY

"…an entertaining, insightful adventure. Like all good travel writing, it gives you very itchy feet." -- UK METRO

‘An idiosyncratic travel guide to the highs and lows of Canadian culture, history and landscape’ -- Big Issue

About the Author

Will Ferguson was born and raised in the former fur-trapping settlement of Fort Vermilion in the backwoods of northern Canada. Fortunately, he managed to escape, and he has since travelled throughout Latin America and East Asia. Indeed, he prides himself on having gotten utterly and hopelessly lost in more than a dozen exotic locales, including Ecuador, Peru, Indonesia, Malaysia, China, Korea, and Japan. 'How I ever became a travel writer is beyond me,' he confesses. 'I have absolutely no sense of direction.' Ferguson has a BFA in screenwriting from York University, Toronto. His first three books were plucked from the slush pile: he is the author of the satirical bestseller Why I Hate Canadians, which was all but banned from export (though it can be ordered online at chapters.ca, he advises), and his other works include a nuts-and-bolts traveller's bible, The Hitchhiker's Guide to Japan, as well as a humorous exposé about his experience in a misguided drunken government youth program, entitled I Was a Teenage Katima-victim! He has also written an insightful and highly scientific political analysis: Bastards & Boneheads (it was a study of our leaders).

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By redhotchilli on 7 July 2013
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I enjoyed this book and learned a lot from informative narratives - particularly the potential cessation of Quebec from Canada and the history of freed slaves in Canada. I also enjoyed Will Ferguson's writing style. However the downsides of this book for me are as follows:

a). Although I liked his writing, the writer often rambled too long in a place (such as the Irish in Newfoundland) and spent too long going over the same thing over and over again.
b). Related to the point above - I would have preferred the writer to have visited additional places instead of spending long periods in one area going into every boring detail. This got tedious after a while.
c). the maps were poor. Although you saw a close up map of the places he visited - the maps showing the area in the context of the whole of Canada were poor and way too small.
d). travelling with his family was mixed. With his brothers and niece it was interesting but with his wife and kids - again it started to get tedious. Readers are generally not interested in his baby's toilet habits or his wife moaning.
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Having loved his travel book on Japan, 'Hokkaido Highway Blues', I was interested to see if Will Ferguson's candid humour, (particularly disarming in relation to culture shock) would translate well to his writing about his home country. I think it does. Unlike 'Hokkaido' - this is not a single journey or a linear narrative, really, it's a series of chapters on low profile areas of Canada, like Hudson Bay, and Moose Jaw. It's definitely more of a 'dip into' book - because here is a fair amount of autobiographical detail and local history in some chapters. Reading the chapters in succession is good as well though, because some of the later chapters refer to historical events which he mentions earlier in the book. These details are a nice complement to his own observations, which are sometimes laugh out loud funny. On balance, I prefer his book on Japan by a small margin, which would get 6 stars from me! This is still very much worth a read. 5 stars.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John Wayland on 24 July 2008
This book arrived this morning in the mail. I started reading it with my morning coffee, and by the time I stopped for a break, my coffee was cold!

This book is such fun, and so easy to read. Being British, I found the connections between Canada and Britain interesting. Ferguson is as humourous as he is insightful. I'd previously enjoyed his other book "How to be a Canadian", and purchased this on the back of that book's humour, and I wasn't let down.

Anyone with an interest in travel, Canada or even British Colonial history should purchase this book today!
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A must read if you have been to / travelled in Canada. This is a humorous look at Canada when you step off the main tourist trail. However, it manages to take a serious look at the history and development of Canada, as the author travels from the west coast to the east.
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