Review: 7/10 by Steven Buechler
The Best Laid PlansBy Terry Fallis
The Best Laid Plans on 20 March, 2011 - 10:02
While elements of this book may seem humorous to the point of being ridiculous for some, many people who are bummed out by the political/social/media institutions of Canada will find a strong element of truth to it.
-From pg 61
"The Insanity, the surreal, the bizarre, had officially begun. I sat at my kitchen table, gargling orange juice and wondeing how I'd managed to put myself in this ludicrous position. I was running a phantom candidate, in a cash-strapped campaign we were sure to lose, aided by an ailing octogenarian, her attactive granddaughter, and two pierced punks. Our campaign headquaters consisted of a ready-for-the-scrap-heap Ford rust bucket and a government-owned ce3ll phone. We had no lawn signs, no advertising, no marked voter lists and one cheesy, desktop-published leaflet with no pictures"
As a former resident of Ottawa, I was impressed by some of the details of the city.
-From pg. 166
"I stood aside and let Angus pass into the three-tiered wooden glory of the Library of Parliament. An alabaster statue of Queen Victoria towered over us in the centre of of the circular library. A handful of staff laboured under her benevolent gaze. I fell silent and listened for Angus's reaction. I was rewarded by his sharp intake of breath at the sight of three levels of ornate, wooden shelves, which circled the perimeter of the room, and the arched windows in the domed, sky-lit ceiling. I'd entered that place dozens, even hundreds of times and always felt a slight wobble in my knees as I passed over the threshold."