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What is Stephen Harper Reading?: Yann Martel's Recommended Reading for a Prime Minister and Book Lovers of All Stripes

What is Stephen Harper Reading Yann Martel s Recommended Reading for a Prime Minister and Book Lovers of All Stripes I know you re very busy Mr Harper We re all busy But every person has a space next to where they sleep whether a patch of pavement or a fine bedside table In that space at night a book can glow An

  • Title: What is Stephen Harper Reading?: Yann Martel's Recommended Reading for a Prime Minister and Book Lovers of All Stripes
  • Author: Yann Martel
  • ISBN: 9780307398673
  • Page: 494
  • Format: Paperback
  • I know you re very busy, Mr Harper We re all busy But every person has a space next to where they sleep, whether a patch of pavement or a fine bedside table In that space, at night, a book can glow And in those moments of docile wakefulness, when we begin to let go of the day, then is the perfect time to pick up a book and be someone else, somewhere else, for a few m I know you re very busy, Mr Harper We re all busy But every person has a space next to where they sleep, whether a patch of pavement or a fine bedside table In that space, at night, a book can glow And in those moments of docile wakefulness, when we begin to let go of the day, then is the perfect time to pick up a book and be someone else, somewhere else, for a few minutes, a few pages, before we fall asleep From the author of Life of Pi comes a literary correspondence recommendations to Canada s Prime Minister of great short books that will inspire and delight book lovers and book club readers across our nation.Every two weeks since April 16th, 2007, Yann Martel has mailed Stephen Harper a book along with a letter These insightful, provocative letters detailing what he hopes the Prime Minister may take from the books by such writers as Jane Austen, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Stephen Galloway are collected here together The one sided correspondence Mr Harper s office has only replied once becomes a meditation on reading and writing and the necessity to allow ourselves to expand stillness in our lives, even if we re not head of government.

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    1. The best part of this book is the concept. Martel was challenged by a reader to defend his "book club" with the PM. He asks "Is asking Stephen Harper to account for his reading habits irrelavent? Worse: is it improper and dishonorable, attacking the private man rather than his public policies?" I really admire his answer: "As lon as someone has no power over me, I don't care what they read, or if they read at all But once someone has power over me, then, yes, their reading does matter to me beca [...]

    2. I read this as it was being published on Martel'w website. It was unfailingly interesting to see what he was recommending, and why. I especially enjoyed hearing Martel's growing pique at the long-life of Harper's political seatMartel couldn't conceive of a populace that would re-elect a man of Harper's gifts (or not). I loved that Martel took the time to structure something for both Harper and Canadians in general about how best to go about informing themselves. It was meant to be a short-term p [...]

    3. For several years Martel has maintained a private, and very one-sided, book club with Stephen Harper. This book is a record of the letters he’s sent to accompany the second-hand copies of the actual books he’s also sent as recommended prime ministerial reading. The list is odd, and oddly touching, two of the criteria for choosing books being that they have something important to say and that they be short - because a PM has limited reading time. Martel insists that, while a private citizen [...]

    4. What is Stephen Harper Reading? A review by Ben Antao Yann Martel, 46, the 2002 Man Booker prize winner for his novel Life of Pi, has published an interesting non-fiction book titled What is Stephen Harper Reading?, a series of letters to the Prime Minister of Canada urging him to find time to fill his mind with good books. Martel’s recommendations span an eclectic spectrum of novels, plays, poetry, short stories, children’s books, memoir, biography, history and philosophy.What excited and i [...]

    5. Yann Martel is a Canadian publishing superstar. Author of Life of Pi, which has won a bucketful of awards, he started a campaign on April 16, 2007 to get Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to pay more attention to the arts, for which his conservative government seem to almost take glee in cutting funding.His method was to start a book club, one where he would send a book every two weeks to Stephen Harper with an accompanying letter explaining why Martel had chosen the book and some of the hi [...]

    6. A wonderful collection of books I now want to read accompanied by delightfully well thought out ironic/cynical/sarcastic letters to my favorite douchebag.

    7. Easy read. Overall impression: meh. Patronizing tone that made me feel annoyed more often than not. Some new books I'll add to my tbr pile nevertheless.

    8. Avec son concept original et pertinent, Yann Martel nous suggère, collatéralement, plusieurs lectures intéressantes, mais le fait avec sa plume prétentieuse porte-parole d'un monde philosophique déconnecté de la réalité et ce à un point tel ou on en vient à ressentir une certaine pitié envers Stephen Harper. Je suis un passionné de littérature et si un inconnu notoire initiait avec moi un club de lecture par correspondance, je lui répondrais certainement avec plaisir. S'il s'agissa [...]

    9. A delightful book--I love Yann Martel! The impetus was an event attended by Martel and the (still) Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper. Harper appeared to Martel bored with the arts. Martell vowed to educate Harper by mailing him biweekly books with commentaries about the book. The commentaries serve as political bullets. Unfortunately, there has been a dearth of replies from the Honorable Harper such that, after four years of a largely solo correspondence, Martell ceased this activity in F [...]

    10. 3.5 really (I need more options)Our bookclub was reading all Canadian authors in homage to Canada 150 (yes, we only started in September) and we wanted to read something by Yann Martel since he is considered one of our best authors. Since we'd already read Life of Pi, I found this one to add to the list, mainly because I thought it sounded quite intriguing. And, certainly, that is how I would describe it I found certain chapters very interesting and quite humerous (in a sarcastic way). I also ap [...]

    11. (English below)Que lit Stephen Harper? par Yann Martel. 258 pagesUn court aperçu par Martel de livres qui sont tous intéressants, porteur d’une facette de l’humanité. Je ne les lirai jamais tous, mais la sensibilité de Martel affleure en surface, et son appréciation du métier d’écrivain (et sa dépréciation dans notre société).L’élément déclencheur? Un moment d’appréciation des artistes pour les 50 ans du CAC, dans la chambre des Communes. Le PM (qui aime tant les artiste [...]

    12. - By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept - Elizabeth Smart- Bonjour Tristesse - Francoise Sagan- Short and Sweet - 101 Very Short Poems - Simon Armitage- Artists and Models - Anais Nin- Birthday Letters - Ted Hughes- To the Lighthouse - Virginia Woolf- Gilgamesh - an english version by Derrek Hines- The Lesser Evil: Political Ethics in an Age of Terror - Michael Ignatieff "If the earth could gather itself up, could bring together every animal, every mountain and valley, every plain and oce [...]

    13. This book is hard to find since it was never published in an American edition but it is a book that should be in all libraries and read by every politician. Martel puts it quite succinctly "To citizens who aspire to be successful leaders, this is the simplest way I can put it: if you want to lead, you must read." The letters are often funny and include so many insights into authors and reading. I am happy to say I now have my copy autographed. Martel was Montana State University's 2013 freshman [...]

    14. I’m not lying when I say that I really enjoyed the parts that I did read of this book. It’s a non-fiction book about books, which I thought would be a great read to learn about some fantastic Canadian fiction. However, I found myself enjoying the introduction more than the actual letters (Yann Martel’s pretend letters back from Stephen Harper were priceless – some of them had me falling out of my seat in laughter!). From what I could tell, after reading the first three letters written to [...]

    15. I don't quite know how to rate this book. On one hand, there are some great selections made. Good essays on the books chosen are included. On the other hand, this is more than a little condescending. I understand the root of this was the author's irritation at (what was) the current government's lack of interest or acknowledgment for the arts. Fine, I get that. However, he is running a country and never asked you to form him a book club. I mean, what is the guy supposed to have responded with? W [...]

    16. This book was very interesting, as the five stars prove; it was an amazing book for me. I had many books to read before reading this book, but now the list suddenly got bigger. It was someone who recommended it to me and I borrowed it from her. It's almost sad she wants it back, even my mom wants to have a look at it before a return it. The books is actually a non-fiction and the letters written by Yann Martel are very nice and his opinions very interesting. A couple of his letters made me pause [...]

    17. I will read basically any book on the love of reading. Martel certainly recommends a host of books that I plan on adding to my reading list, but also gives a frequent gems of commentary on the act of reading and writing, from an author's perspective. I could have lived without his constant politics (a personal pet peeve of mine is when non-Americans feel the need to criticize and comment on U.S. politics), but I suppose the topic is hard to stay away from when you are writing the Prime Minister. [...]

    18. Read every one of these reviews/essays while the website was still live. I am not a great admirer of Martel's writing, having had lacklustre experiences with Life of Pi and Beatrice and Virgil, but here his casual narration fits in perfectly. It also helps that Martel loves not only these books, but also the idea of books and believes in their power to salvage humanity, and I personally think that the medium of essay suits his talents best. It's a pity you have to buy a book now, but I still thi [...]

    19. Yann Martel, the author of "The Life Of Pi", clearly wrote this book for book lovers in a format of letters to our prime minister, Stephen Harper. It was very interesting in terms of response from our Prime Minister himself. I enjoyed Mr.Martel's view on such books including Animal Farm, etc. It is very likable, and this book is also somethings of value, since it is a Red Maple Book. Clearly, this is an enjoyable read and information source for all book lovers.

    20. Great concept!! I am Canadian. Steven Harper is Calgarian. I also live in Calgary. It was interesting enough on those levels to me at first, for those reasons. Reading it, gave me new reasons to like it. A book recommending other books is a delight. Especially when reasons for recommending them, are equally interesting to read. Loved the reality of this author's interaction with the Prime Minister. Great idea; wish I had thought of it!

    21. Wow what a fun, interesting and beautifully written plea for literacy in our leader! Martel's letters to the PM are gorgeous pieces of writing in their own right. The letter re: 2 children's books he sends Harper in Dec 2007 was my favourite, I have read it over several times, pure art! Just put 4 of the books on my next book order.

    22. Brilliant! Here we have a collection of interesting and thoughtful letters that celebrate reading and subtly, artfully book-shame a grown man who says his favorite title is the Guinness Book of World Records. What more could a reader want? (Actually, I would have preferred it a little more secular, but you can't have everything.)

    23. I wanted to read this book as soon as I saw the title. There are only a couple of books on the reading list - that I have actually read, and only a couple that I intend to read. I did like the premise of the book and the fact that Yann sent a letter to the Prime Minister with each book. There are a couple of books on the list I intend to tackle - in the audio version probably.

    24. Gotta love Martel's sense of humour and persistence in sending all those letters and books to our Prime Minister. Pretty sure it was all lost on him (Harper), but thankfully Martel shared it with the audience. I'm keeping this book so I can (eventually) read all the pieces referenced in it. A great checklist for literature of our times.

    25. Yann Martel reminded me why I love read so much. I love that he doesn't just recommend books that everyone is 'supposed' to read. He got me reading graphic novels, kid's books and even more poetry. So good!

    26. I saw this book sitting on my boss' book shelf and asked to borrow it. The radio station that I listen to on my morning commute used to talk about the book's that Yann Martel was sending to Stephen Harper. I'm intrigued to look at the full list of books and find out why he sent each one.

    27. This was a wonderful rekindle of old memories of friends i knew in the past ( books) and looking at them with Yann's comments. There was a handul i had not read but will be adding them to my to do list for reading. Excellent concept I would recommend it to anyone that loves books.

    28. I really love this collection of letters. Martel's writing is strong, honest, and successfully defends the importance of the arts.

    29. looks interesting- yann martel has been mailing a book to harper every 2 weekst sure if the H-man is reading them, but Yann has some interesting choices

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