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Canadian Folk

Portraits of Remarkable Lives

Canadian Folk by Peter Unwin
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An amusing collection of lives and stories from the eccentric side of Canada’s history.

A joyous romp through the back pages of Canadian quirkiness, Canadian Folk provides a fresh look at the saints, sinners, oddballs, and outright nutbars who have populated the Canadian landscape.

They were perpetually northbound or south; they were inveterate walkers, or world class runners, millionaires in ill-advised Citroen half-tracks. The restless characters who spanned those miles and who fill the pages of this book were fuelled by the ambitions, the doubts, and the certainties of their times, a certainty that now seems unfathomable to us and frequently maddening. From doomed explorers to celebrated poets of cheese, this collection provides a fascinating look at the eminent and no-so-eminent characters who came before us and left their colourful mark on Canada’s history.

Dundurn; September 2013
272 pages; ISBN 9781459710290
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Title: Canadian Folk
Author: Peter Unwin
 
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