Canada and Other Matters of Opinion

Canada and Other Matters of Opinion

Book - 2009
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A cornucopia of comment from Canada's most opinionated man -- a man seen, read, and listened to by millions of Canadians each week. Canada's most distinctive commentator presents his fearless and thought-provoking views on a head-spinning range of subjects, from Dr. Johnson's greatness to Bono's gratingness, from doubts about Obama to utter belief in Don Cherry, from Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's outstanding oeuvre to -- well, Pamela Anderson. The topics are as eclectic and wide ranging as the intelligence that put them together. The perspective is thoroughly Canadian, and so are many of the recurring topics and themes: of our domestic politics and our military involvements abroad, of our national identity, of human rights and human decency. You'll find assessments of the reputations of Paul Martin, Conrad Black, Adrienne Clarkson, and Tim Hortons; tough but affectionate views of Newfoundland -- of course -- but also from Rex Murphy's constant travels across Canada. But all the world is here, in all its glory and folly. The hard-hitting attacks on politicians, celebrities, those who would ban smoking, and anyone who uses the expression "global warming denial" will have you cheering or tearing your hair out, depending. You will be informed, infuriated perhaps, but always fascinated. From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: [S.l.] : Doubleday Canada, c2009.
ISBN: 9780385667265
Characteristics: xx, 331 p. ;,22 cm.


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Jul 27, 2010

If you've ever heard Rex Murphy speak, this collection of his newspaper columns and TV commentaries evokes his voice, in terms of rhythm and tone, very well. Aside from a few glowing book reviews, this collection is mostly rants about how stupid the world is - politicians, voters, celebrities, those who pay attention to celebrities, the media. No one is safe. Rex has a wonderful way with words, but I found this book was best taken in small doses, a few essays at a time. The generally negative tone can be demoralizing at times.

Jan 18, 2010

As I read the book, I could hear Rex in my mind. Enjoyable, but not one I would highly recommend.

Dec 29, 2009

There is a word for Rex Murphy. Curmudgeon. Although he loves to point out that the emperor is not wearing any clothes, his age means that he is not the wide eyes boy, no matter how much he would like to pretend. You could also use the word smart to describe Murphy. His vocabulary alone would grant him entrance into the halls of academe. So when he turns a scathing eye on the world around him, he does not mince words in any way, shape or form.

This book is a collections of his collumns and opinion pieces from the National and the Globe and Mail and they reveal how much of a curmudgeon he is. Murphy heaps scorn on those around him that he feels are shallow and vapid. His targets range from politicians to the Hollywood elite, but his biggest scorn is reserved for those who dare criticize or slander his native Newfoundland.

While this collection is good, it begins to wear on you after awhile. Because like the curmudgeon he is, Murphy has very little nice to say and three hundred plus pages of vitriol and venom can give you indegestion. This one is good in short bursts only.

neko Dec 23, 2009

proposed title for December 2010

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