Is Canada Even Real, J.C. Villamere

*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher *

Is Canada Even Real, J.C. Villamere
Author: J.C. Villamere
Publisher: Dundurn
Pages: 304
Format: DRC
ISBN-10: 1459738837
ISBN-13: 9781459738836
Publisher: various formats
Is Canada Even Real

3 stars

Is Canada even real? It s a question that s being asked more and more, thanks to our waterproof, see-through, supposedly maple-scented currency and our improbably hot prime minister s assertion that Santa lives here.
In the age of Google Maps and #factcheck, how could the existence of Canada be questioned? And yet how could a nation built of toboggans, Drake, and KD exist in the same realm as, say, Belgium or Niger?
If you've ever wondered:
Why is the inuksuk more revered than Wheelchair Jimmy? Does the iconic beaver really represent us better than The Littlest Hobo? Is everyone going canoeing without me or is canoeing way less of a thing than it s made out to be?
Then this book is for you.
Is Canada Even Real examines the cultural factors behind the 21st-century monolithic myth of Canada, a nation that is weird, lovable, and real if only in your imagination.

This book has a huge subtitle which made me laugh already. "How a Nation Built on Hobos, Beavers, Weirdos, and Hip Hop Convinced the World to Beliebe" A person who manages to stuff Beavers and Justin Bieber in one sentence gets extra points.
This book is fun to read. There are so many references to historical facts but most of them recent. I really liked the idea to understand a counties identity with more recent facts and important people. I do know Canada is just 150 years old but still.
The chapters are filled with fun pictures and facts binding everything together. Each chapter ends with a quizz with even more information about the things discussed in the chapter or connected to other chapters.If you grew up in Canada this book will be a party to read.
For the best enjoyment I would advice to get the book in paper.

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13 August, 2017 delete

It sounds a great read for Canadians, and also for people outside the country to understand their peculiarities better.
I really believe that I would like to live in Canada if I had to pick one country other than my own, haha.