A Yankee in Canada

A Yankee in Canada

Book - 2016
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"In the fall of 1850 Henry Thoreau embarked upon an excursion into the French-Canadian province of Quebec, with stops in Montreal and Quebec City. His reactions to the foreign country are mixed and ambivalent: he is critical of Canada's Old World Catholicism, feudalism, and an alien British military presence while most of his references to America and Americans are favorable. But if one looks closely, positive reactions to Canadian society and negative reactions to American society do exist within the essay. A Yankee in Canada is a study in paradox, the paradox being due to a man stunned by his only international experience. In this sense A Yankee in Canada parallels Mark Twain's Innocents abroad in that both authors are experiencing culture shock expressed with all the elements of a mental twilight zone of grays, not just black and white. Unlike the many facsimile reproductions available, this edition features a modern design that enhances readability. A Yankee in Canada is now part of the Literary Naturalist Series and features a new foreword noted literary scholar Richard F. Fleck"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Portland, OR : WestWinds Press, 2016
ISBN: 9780882409221
Characteristics: 150 pages ; 22 cm


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Oct 13, 2012

OK, folks,
What you need to know about this is that is a slim volume published in Montreal by Harvest House. It is a once in a lifetime look at one of the truly great, truly quirky American writers when he found himself outside New England and up in Canada. He begins by saying the only thing he got in Canada was a cold. But his perceptions, right or wrong, are a gas!! And don't assume that he was always wrong. 126 pgs. How much can you lose by reading this? Not more than you can gain.


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