I try to run my eyes over sections of the library book collections whenever I am walking around during a break.
When I spotted this shelf of books, I knew I had finally found an answer to all the questions that I have had about our neighbor to the north.
Best of all...apparently a reader could gain a full understanding of the country by reading a mere 621 pages.
Wouldn't this book be just the thing to get a handle on all things Canada?
Apparently the monograph has had its readers.
(Make that reader, singular).
Isn't that sad?
Of course I was glad to know that there was nothing new to learn about Canada after 1984.
I like a country where nothing much changes over time.
Knowing how food oriented my few Canadian acquaintance are, I turned to the chapter on food; curious to know if it is an obsession shared across the vast country, or if food is a fetish focus of only a few.
Apparently posing a question about a national food will likely generate "a long thoughtful pause" from a typical Canadian.
Shoot...I know the answer to that question:
Every Canadian blogger writes about wiener roasts.
I still don't understand that fascination and the book about Understanding Canada didn't even have the word "wiener" in the index.
Paska, drinking beer with breakfast, why they use "eh?" at the end of a sentence and are so often able to take six weeks of vacation a year: Those were the key "Understanding Canada" questions that I felt were left totally unaddressed within the 621 pages of the book and all the other smaller books as well.
Secretive bunch up north, aren't they?
Makes me wonder what else about themselves that they are not willing to discuss.