Oh, man. Involuntary trip to memory lane with distinctive Canadian events (PNE), TV shows ( King of Kensington Street & Mr. Dressup) street slang (Tickle trunk, you hoof him & Scarborough suitcase), items (pitcher to hold milk bag) & department stores (Eatons) I laughed at Canadian Tire's familiarity breed contempt nickname given franchise came to Vancouver in the 1980s. Well played Mike.
Average United States citizen would not know above words.
Second half, a memoir living in United states fearing losing his Canadian identity.
A lot of Canadian in-jokes & nods in his movies.
Loved this. Love, love, loved it! I'm not Canadian and I never paid attention to what "being Canadian" meant except I did notice an awful lot of recording artists claimed to have been born there (but now live here). But I really enjoyed Mike's writing -- pretty much like a conversation you might be having with him on a long flight from Europe. It was amusing, informative (Why didn't Canada break free from England during the Revolutionary War?), and easy. And every time I think about fleeing from the US and heading up North I will remember quite clearly Mike's terrifying descriptions of the COLD. P.S. Maybe a little too much sports chatter for me.
Mike Myer's Canada. What a trip to a different time and place. Like many Canadians, Myers and I share a lot in common: we grew up in virtually the same time and place. Scarborough and Sam the Record Man. The Red Rocket and Honest Ed's. Canadian Tire money and Harve'ys. Those were the days my friend. We had CHUM charts and the Centennial; Expo and mayor Jean Drapeau; we had stubbies, and, of course, we had PET. This book is probably not entirely what Myers had in mind: it's a blast from the past.
Mike Myer's nostalgic look back at his formative years living in Canada may be of interest to his fans but is not of much use to the general reader. His notion of Canadians always having a morbid outlook on life rings oddly and and his pronouncements on what life is like in Canada are out of date, doing a disservice to readers living in other countries. He has been out of the country too long to be an authority on the subject. His lavish praise for the Trudeaus -- father and son -- seems out of place. This book is an easy enough read but not a very good reference regarding life in Canada. I can't really recommend it.
This one is in transit for me now but just wanted to add a comment. Yes people do still call it Crappy Tire, my daughter being the main culprit. :)
I had never intended to read this book right through. I was only going to skim through it to see what grabbed my attention. However I started on page 1 and by the time I got a third of the way through I had to admit that I was reading it cover to cover and enjoying it far more than I ever expected.
I must confess, I love Mike Myers. I grew up with more Wayne Campbell than Disney. Having stated my obvious bias, I was skeptical about this book. I wasn't sure what to expect, and I don't generally enjoy biographies, however I believe Myers has crafted a memorable memoir that both tells his story, and the story of Canada in the last 50 years. I saw my grandparents, my parents, and myself in this book. While Myers comes from a distinctly English background, I believe his experiences and observations about Canada are still valuable to multicultural audience. Mike Myers touches on such unique and ubiquitous aspects of Canadian (and Torontonian) life, that reading feels like a session reminiscing with Mike, because so many stories feel like shared experiences. At the same time, Myers also creates the argument that Canada suffers from a lack of mission statement, and that our insecurity as a nation comes from an undeveloped identity. Throughout his memoir, Myers returns to his thesis to demonstrate how as he grew up in Canada, Canada itself was also growing up. The parallel coming of age stories work very well, and create a layered and meaningful read. Throughout the book, Myers has included photographs from his life and memories of Canada. Again, this adds to the sense of memory sharing.
I think this book was sponsored by the Liberal gov't. ... Mike Myers seems to have rose coloured glasses on and he hasn't been in this country for 33 years.. How would he know what or what not is good gov't here? Confusing... Good for nostalgia buffs but only from a Toronto point of view.
Well Mike Myers, your Canada is not my Canada. I'm not sure if it's the 15 year difference in age or growing up on the opposite side of the country but I didn't recognize a lot of it, except for maybe a few iconic TV shows (Mr Dressup is a classic). I certainly didn't recognize the Canadian accent parts, I'm not sure where the Vancouver way of speaking came from but I've never heard it.
This book was very much a effort in nostalgia, and that's great, life in Scarborough with English parents, it's a good story. Saying that Canada is this way or that way when you haven't lived here for 30 years.....well, I think you're out of touch. Every country evolves and I think Canada has, maybe not in the way they were hoping it would in the 70s but it works, and in a quiet, unassuming, conservative way, we've become proud of being Canadian, we don't apologize for it and while Bob and Doug are still funny, they're caricatures of what we were, not what we are.
I love that Mike Myers created an ode to Canada, I love that he's so proud to be Canadian, I think ending your piecemeal memoir of oddly incomplete anecdotes with an ode to the Prime Minister a bit odd. Still, I am proud of all the Canadians that make it big, I love the CBC and I love that he told everyone that Canadian Tire (btw, I'm not sure anyone calls it Crappy Tire anymore) money is our real money and that we have a Canadian Christmas in July but I think he should have stuck to a memoir and not assumed that Canada is still stuck in the 1980s he remembers so fondly.
This book is both a history of Canada and an autobiography of Mike Myers. Despite the fact that Myers is about a decade older than me, some of the stuff he talks about made me ultra-nostalgic for my childhood. I mean, who couldn't love a book that discusses Canadian-isms such as milk bags, Kraft Dinner, The Friendly Giant, Sam the Record Man, the CHUM chart, ketchup chips, and Canadian Tire money?
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