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by Ian Ferguson Will ;Ferguson

eBook Beauty Tips from Moose Jaw: Travels in Search of Canada ePub
Author: Ian Ferguson Will ;Ferguson
Language: English
ISBN: 0676976433
ISBN13: 978-0676976434
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Canada; First Printing edition (2004)
Pages: 352
Category: Canada
Subcategory: Traveling
Rating: 4.8
Votes: 713
Formats: azw mobi lrf lrf
ePub file: 1487 kb
Fb2 file: 1664 kb

The title story, in which Ferguson has his limbs and his ego massaged at a Saskatchewan health spa, perfectly represents the book's twin charms: Ferguson's comic cynicism, and his descriptions of intriguing events and individuals tied to the places he visits.

Ferguson proves a companionable guide in Beauty Tips from Moose Ja.  . Ferguson possesses a crafty eye for detail, not to mention a highly developed understanding of the essential folly in what passes for everyday life. -National Post. Will Ferguson is a talent. He writes refreshingly, provocatively and eloquently. He takes on issues from a contrarian’s perspective, but never exceeds the bounds of reason. Lively, knowledgeable, opinionated, disrespectful, debatable, and immensely readable.

His older brother, Ian Ferguson, also won the Stephen Leacock Medal, for . Will Ferguson takes Giller Prize for novel 419 Archived 2012-12-27 at the Wayback Machine Toronto Star, October 30, 2012.

His older brother, Ian Ferguson, also won the Stephen Leacock Medal, for Village of the Small Houses in 2004. Another brother, Sean Ferguson, is currently the dean of music at McGill University. Ferguson joined the JET Programme in the early 1990s, and lived in Kyushu, Japan for five years teaching English.

Will Ferguson’s first book in three years, following on the back-to-back successes of.Funny, poignant and insightful, Beauty Tips from Moose Jaw is a provocative tribute to our quirky and fascinating country.

Will Ferguson’s first book in three years, following on the back-to-back successes of How to Be a Canadian (over 110,000 copies sold) and Happiness™ (Winner of the Leacock Medal for Humour). Will Ferguson has spent the past three years criss-crossing Canada and back again. In his last book, Will told us how to be Canadian; now in this book, he will tell us what it means to be Canadian. And what Will finds out along the way is that Canada in its development and in its current state is really a series of outposts - not only geographically but culturally.

Serving up equal parts geography and history lessons, Beauty Tips from Moose Jaw is delivered against the personal backdrop of the author's own life while growing up in Canada.

Whilst the trips take place in a non-contiguous fashion over a period of three-and-a-half years, the quality of writing ensures that each of his excursions melds seamlessly with the next, as he travels from the southern end of Vancouver Island in the west to the northern tip of Newfoundland in the east. Serving up equal parts geography and history lessons, Beauty Tips from Moose Jaw is delivered against the personal backdrop of the author's own life while growing up in Canada.

A Canongate Book"-Title page verso.

travels in Canada in Beauty Tips from Moose Jaw. a journey through central Africa in Road Trip Rwanda, which was . a journey through central Africa in Road Trip Rwanda, which was nominated for the Charles Taylor Prize. He sits on the board of The Chawkers Foundation, and in 2016 received an honorary degree in English from Mount Royal University.

Will Ferguson's first book in three years, following on the back-to-back successes of How to Be a Canadian (over . Will Ferguson has spent the past three years criss-crossing Canada and back again

Will Ferguson's first book in three years, following on the back-to-back successes of How to Be a Canadian (over 110,000 copies sold) and Happiness(TM) (Winner of the Leacock Medal for Humour).

Will Ferguson spent the past three years crisscrossing Canada. In a helicopter above the barren lands of the subarctic, in a canoe with his four-year-old son, aboard seaplanes, and along the Underground Railroad, Will's travels have taken him from Cape Spear on the coast of Newfoundland to the sun-dappled streets of old Victoria. Funny, poignant, and insightful, Beauty Tips from Moose Jaw is a provocative tribute to a land that is akin to a series of loosely connected outposts peopled with some of the most interesting folks in the world.

Book by Will ;Ferguson, Ian Ferguson
Ungall
There were places it was funny and places where I understood a little more about Canada but I was expecting more, so it got a little dry and boring in some places. I think the other book Will co-wrote might be more interesting. I would like to find a book about Canada that covers more history. This seems more like a partial memoir with a few interesting tales thrown in.
Gaxaisvem
I really enjoyed this book. Written with humor and insight into Canada and her great history. Some places I have traveled to and now so many more I want to see.
Moogura
I read it but six months later I don't remember it.......
Inerrace
With wit, humour and even a bit of wisdom, Ferguson tackles the enduring questions of Canadian identity, "Who am I? Does it matter? Who cares?"

In so doing, he presents a wonderful sketch of a truly unique country. Canada is not to be found in Orillia, where Ferguson was awarded the 'Leacock Medal for Humour' and which Stephen Leacock once described as typical of small towns throughout Canada.

Instead, Canada is the sum of free-ranging, often humourous and seldom self-assured diversity. Canadians are confident of who they are where they are, but they're always in doubt if such local individualism and distinction truly creates a united nation.

It's very different than being 'American', as in the United States where mandatory faith in individual freedom creates a straight-jacket of conformity. The image of America is the lone pioneer settling a lawless frontier; the contrasting image of Canada is a mass migration that brings its own peace, justice and good government.

Compare Canada's Yukon Gold Rush with any gold, silver, land or oil stampede in the U.S. Compare the implicit law and order of a Mountie to the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral -- the American Way of settling disputes. Compare the "Birther" challenge to President Barack Obama to the resigned acceptance of living in Harperlandia.

Canada was settled by planned immigration from France, and later England. The United Empire Loyalists are a noted example. Orillia was founded by veterans of Wellington's army in Spain, complete with officers for guidance, discipline and order. Their duty was to create a town on the Trent-Severn waterway, part of the defence of British North America.

From the courir de bois to Harvesters' Excursions to the modern influx into the Athabascan tar sands, Canada tends to order instead of a greedy stampede. Americans tend to rush like lemmings into a new venture; Canadians tend to adapt and adopt new situations with the clever, often humourous and always effective ingenuity of coyotes.

Ferguson astutely portrays the wonderful diversity and good humour of Canada; perhaps he's just too 'Canadian' to recognize the rich identity it gives the country.
DABY
These essays about a variety of Canadian cities are a lively mix of history and personal commentary. They contain just the right amount of history interspersed with humorous observations to keep readers with a broad spectrum of interests engaged.

The narratives move from the westernmost Victoria - east to L'Anse Aux Meadows at the tip of Newfoundland. Ferguson didn't make the cross-country trip in one fell swoop, or in one "fair swoop" as he prefers. Nor do these works proceed in chronological order. They are the reports of different sallies he made to distinctive locations over a period of several years, alone and with different family members as companions.

The chapter on Churchill, where he went to observe polar bears, will be a special delight to nature lovers. The chapter on St. John's, Newfoundland contains some of Ferguson's best writing. "If Victoria is our nation's veranda, sun-dappled and drowsy, then St. John's is the attic, stacked with shelves and boxes and old sea-chests...and rumors of lost treasures."

I was lucky enough to find this book just as I was beginning my own cross-Canada journey via Greyhound. So Ferguson's adventures in a city often preceded me and guided me. I was tipped off to the "entertainment value only" nature of the underground gangster and Chinese immigrant tours in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. I was alerted to look for "Uncle Tom's Cabin" near Chatham, Ontario.

What's more, this book, like many movie DVDs, contains some entertaining extras, including "out-takes" from Ferguson's first draft of the book, an excerpt from another one of his books, and an imagined interview with himself in which he reflects on what his travels taught him about the essential nature of Canada.

This book can serve as an example to follow in writing your own journal account of your travels - through Canada, through other exotic locales, or through life. It's a keeper.
Clodebd
Being a resident of the southeastern United States, I have traveled just a little in Canada. Since Canadian news and history seem to be mostly ignored in the U.S., I found BEAUTY TIPS FROM MOOSE JAW to be an enjoyable way for someone in my situation to find out about our neighbor to the north. Ferguson takes the country one province at a time, discussing people and places with often funny incidents, and weaving in a history background of each area. I must say, though, I did not find Ferguson to be as hilarious as some people do. I thought the history sections were particularly interesting and well-written, and they follow so naturally from the travel narrative that even people not really wanting to know the history would find themselves drawn into it. And although the book has decent maps for each section, I missed the total lack of any photos. There's not even one of the author! For someone like myself who has not seen much of the country, it was useful to keep a Canadian travel book full of photos nearby. Thus armed, BEAUTY TIPS FROM MOOSE JAW provides an entertaining way to learn about Canada.
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