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The award-winning, bestselling author of While Canada Slept gives his view of a country wasted on Canadians.

What is national character? What makes the Americans, the British, the French, the Russians, and the Chinese who they are? In this homogenized world, where globalization is a byword for a deadening sameness, why do peoples who live in the same region, use the same money, read the same books, and watch the same movies remain different from one another? As much as Canada may be seen as a copy, clone, or colony of America, we are unquestionably distinctive. It is a result of our geography, history, and politics. It comes from our demography and prosperity. Most of all, it comes from our character.

In The Unfinished Canadian, Andrew Cohen delves into our past and present in search of our defining national characteristics. He questions hoary shibboleths, soothing mythologies, and old saws with irreverence, humour, and flintiness, unencumbered by our proverbial politeness (itself a great misperception) and our suffocating political correctness. We are so much, in so many shades, and it’s time we took an honest look at ourselves. In this provocative, passionate, and elegant book, Cohen argues that our mythology, our jealousy, our complacency, our apathy, our amnesia, and our moderation are all part of the unbearable lightness of being Canadian.


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Published: Random House Publishing Group on
ISBN: 9781551992709
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Andrew Cohen has joined the quintessentially Canadian debate about our character, our nature, our role in the world. The Unfinished Canadian examines Canada's character through its history, politics and institutions. Canada is great; the book is a disappointment.Mr. Cohen quotes a lot of other people and there is, therefore, not enough original thought in all but the last chapter. Or, maybe I should say not much original thought -- because what there is tends to be self-contradictory or leaving the reader asking "so what?" In the end, Mr. Cohen encourages us to act more like les Canadiens -- a great hockey team, but a hockey team nonetheless. The shallowness of this book may be an encouraging sign that -- at long last -- there is nothing more to say about what being Canadian means. Maybe now we can just get on with living in such a wonderful place.more

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Andrew Cohen has joined the quintessentially Canadian debate about our character, our nature, our role in the world. The Unfinished Canadian examines Canada's character through its history, politics and institutions. Canada is great; the book is a disappointment.Mr. Cohen quotes a lot of other people and there is, therefore, not enough original thought in all but the last chapter. Or, maybe I should say not much original thought -- because what there is tends to be self-contradictory or leaving the reader asking "so what?" In the end, Mr. Cohen encourages us to act more like les Canadiens -- a great hockey team, but a hockey team nonetheless. The shallowness of this book may be an encouraging sign that -- at long last -- there is nothing more to say about what being Canadian means. Maybe now we can just get on with living in such a wonderful place.more
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