[Pdf New] Sacre Blues An Unsentimental Journey Through uebec

N of English is not a uestion at all but in huge diverse Montreal it s pretty pertinentThis book would have been A LOT different had it been written post 911 not least because the conclusion implies that the u b cois are feeling closer to Americans than Anglo Canadians Overall it cleared up a few peculiarities I had been wondering about while I was living there I m going to give it To My Mother To Read So That She Understands Some my mother to read so that she understands some I haven t been able to xplain properly I am sentimental and this is a pretty good book I dated an almost militant separatist and the day we spent 15 hours or it felt like it wandering all over a grocery store in my province because he insisted there was absolutely no way a grocery store would not carry actual cheese curds for poutine not carry actual cheese curds for poutine my ntreaties that actually I had no idea what he was talking about had never seen them and thought they only xisted in nursery rhymes accompanied by whey convinced me of the two solitudes So I picked up this book to try to put moments like that into perspective there were a lot of things in it I didn t know about life in uebec and these are amusing little chapters about several of them one downside is the whole moving day thing makes the idea of moving to uebec ven intimidating it s interesting to be in a country that has a totally divergent culture contained within not necessarily happily it s like a bad marriage but neither spouse has a sexierless stressful option canadians of any sort don t want to really marry america Highly readable cultural history of uebec I wish I had read it before attending University there It reveals lot about uebecois culture this American anglophone has sadly never heard of An xcellent introduction to uebec s history and present day living A bit dated now a bit of a slog but mostly ntertaining and informative A bit disappointing I just loved his book about fish Bottomfeeder I think the intention is to point out the contradictions in uebec society but I found it a bit negative Apparently Grescoe loves uebec Yet it seems like the people are racist against indigenous people illiterate irreligious pretending they aren t cold for six months of the year make bad television have odd newspapers at poutine gross and have a love hate relationship with France actually that part was really interesting I don t really know what to make of it Partly it is my own fault I was

"EXPECTING A TRAVELOGUE AND IT CERTAINLY "
a travelogue and it certainly t tha. Le known here; its fears about distinctness on an increasingly uniform continent Along the way we meet such uebec residents as the playwright Michel Tremblay and the novelist Neil Bissoondath Teleglobe CEO Charles Sirois and the arctic xplorer Bernard Voyer the foul mouthed columnist Pierre Foglia and the steemed philosopher Charles Taylor Sacré Blues serves up a spicy irreverent inside view of this uniue and little known part of North America With side orders of poutine maple syrup and Vachon snack cakes And scarcely a mention of Lucien Bouchard From the Hardcover ditio. ,

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What a fun trip through uebec The author is an outsider British Columbian anglo of atern uropean heritage but a sympathetic one He sends up a LOT of uebecois sacred cows did you know that 40% of french speaking uebecois are of Irish descent and xamines the peculiar uebec style of vulgarity at hilarious length bodily functions ok words relating to the churchnaughty naughty In the nd this book is both critical and affectuonate I think the strongest chapters are where he outlines the ways end this book is both critical and affectuonate I think the strongest chapters are where he outlines the ways uebec differs from France AND from North AmericaA uebecois is not "A Frenchman But Neither Is "Frenchman but neither is uite like an American ither If you ve never been to uebec this will amuse provoke and make you want to go If like me you ve spent time in la belle province you will ind yourself nodding and saying It s SO true The Shadow Reader every other page It took me forever to find a copy of this book but I m happy Iventually got to read it Now almost 20 years old it s probably a bit outdated but it was really interesting to read about a culture that is relatively close to me yet rarely written about at least in America The author is an Cinderella Unmasked (Fairytale Fantasies engaging author I loved his book Straphanger Saving Our Cities and Ourselves from the Automobile and he covers many aspects of uebecois culture giving the reader a solid introduction I would really love to read updated information about the topics featured in this book butven if much of the book is no longer super relevant I think it is still a good introduction into the world and mindset of the people of French Canada I moved to Montreal four years ago and one of the great pleasures of being here is involving myself in a long term casual research project what is this place all about I have read some of Grescoe s previous works which is what drove me to this book along with the fact that I was curious to see my native province through a stranger s yes The bottom line is I d like to see an updated version of this You get the feel that the author isn t uite sure of his style yet there are a lot of repetitions and we switch from general facts to personal opinion very swiftlyThis book reads like a newcomer s nthusiastic first weeks verything is new and shiny book reads like a newcomer s nthusiastic first weeks verything is new and shiny is an ndless source of culture love acceptanceI find it interesting that the author trying to promote u b cois artists and thinkers can t help but to refer or compare them to French artists which in the contaxt of this book is telling Of course the province s nu. Winner of the 2000 uebec Writers' Federation First Book Award and the Mavis Gallant Prize for NonfictionA hip nlightening portrait of a place most Canadians find baffling uebec without the politics Why do three million uebecers tune in the same absurd sitcom very week How did they get the nickname pepsis Why does Celine Dion put on a down home accent when she returns to her home province For referendum weary English Canadians uebec is an The Case for Paleolibertarianism and Realignment on the Right enigma wrapped in a yawn Taras Grescoe treats the province as anxotic destination He takes readers onto the shuffleboard courts of Flor. Merous flaws are outlined I just didn t like the salesman like tone of the book There are some good points the province s relationship to money to RELIGION TO THE ABORIGINAL POPULATIONS AND to the aboriginal populations and course to its founding fathers and distant Cousins A Lot Still Rings Very True a lot still rings very true thirteen years have passed since the book s publication and I d love to know what a mature Grescoe thinks now Dispensing with the obvious first the book is somewhat dated almost 20 years old but much of the information is historical and contextual and therefore not so prone to an xpiration date as some of the author s forays into contemporary cultural studies For my part I felt and feel lucky to have come across this book in a used bookstore
"IN BRITISH COLUMBIA AS IT PROVIDED "
British Columbia as it provided I wanted a fairly recent single volume survey of uebec culture and history both recent and not so that was written in English Having only recently become aware of my own genealogical ties to the province and having never been there I thought Grescoe s book was an ngaging introduction to a region that is as little covered on the west coast of the US as it is vast and complex I found his style to be a nice mix of the Monsieur Pain erudite and familiar and I identified with his rather sardonic and world weary sense of humor he can be VERY funny I was pleased that the book closed with a chapter that included an interview with the philosopher Charles Taylor a thinker whose work I firstncountered when I was first introduced to philosophy in 1982 at UC Irvine and read his lengthy tome on Hegel His later big book The Sources of the Self figured fairly prominently in my doctoral dissertation at Emory and I was reminded again of one of my late undergraduate philosophy mentors Jamil Nammour who ncouraged me repeatedly to apply to McGill where Taylor taught While I have no regrets over my decision to pursue graduate studies at my fine alma mater in the much warmer climes of Atlanta reading Grescoe s book does force me down the road of what might have been at least a little First off the info in this is not xactly fresh it s from 2000 I found some chapters kind of boring but I really njoyed the chapters about uebec s culture straddled between North America and Europe language First Nations and winter It was kind of Montreal centric you have to keep that in mind for most of the assumptions and observations the author makes For xample I lived in the Bas Saint Laurent region where the uestio. Ida to a francophone country and western festival in rural Mauricie to the café tables of xpatriate uebecers in Paris He deconstructs a Montreal Canadiens hockey game xplores the stunning diversity of uebec’s newspapers and dismantles Bombardier snowmobiles En route he meets Mohawk Warriors Yiddish speaking French Canadians and the UFO obsessed followers of Raël Informed and incisive Sacré Blues xplores the heart of contemporary uebec its love hate relationship with France and the United States; the dance theatre and literary productions celebrated in Europe but litt. ,

Sacre Blues An Unsentimental Journey Through uebec


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