Friday, April 21, 2006

Canada Reads - Day Five

All hail Miriam Toews and her domination of Canada Reads 2006! Congratulations to Ms. Toews and her book A Complicated Kindness. I mistakenly got my hopes up and thought Purdy had a chance- oh well. If this year's Canada Reads has taught me anything it's that I absolutely SUCK at predictions. One final shot at it though...tomorrow's 6-49 numbers will be 1-2-3-4-5-6.

Seriously though, I'm spent. I hardly have a thing left to say about A Complicated Kindness. Maybe I'll read it again some time. See if I'll perchance see what all the fuss is about the second time around. Maybe for next year's Canada Reads Championship. By the way, if the CBC happens to read this: you're welcome. I'm kidding. It was an obvious idea, I guess. Though I can see now why they didn't use my poll suggestion (see comments in Canada Reads - Day Four below).

One final comment about Purdy's Rooms For Rent though- and I hope this doesn't come across as sour grapes (or as I like to call them: Nelofer Berries)- one of the most common things I've heard this year is that Rooms For Rent wouldn't be accessible to the masses because it's poetry. I agree that poetry isn't accessible to the masses, but I see that as a problem; a problem more with us as a nation than with the poems themselves. And I don't see running away from it as much of a solution. The only way people will ever begin to appreciate poetry is to actually read it! I'm not aiming for everyone in the country to start wearing berets and smoking cigarillos at the local coffee shop- but poetry has got to be the most overlooked genre in literature, and I'm sure more people would like it if they gave it a chance. Anyways, not to worry, I'll burn my soap box after tonight's posting- even I'm a little nauseated by this rant.

All in all, I've been happy with another year's Canada Reads. I've yet to have my favourite book come out on top, but I'm usually okay with the outcome (this year is no exception). I've enjoyed all the discussions (both on the air and in the blogosphere). It'll probably go down as one of the cattiest shows they've ever had, but I love that each year is different than the last. I'll have post-Canada Reads blues for the next little while but before you know it, I'll be back blogging about Jean Auel or some other crap. Until then, keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars. (Yuck)


John Mutford said...

I just realized that in my Pro-Poetry tirade, I should have pointed out that I wouldn't have wanted Purdy's collection to win if it was bad poetry. I wouldn't advocate for it just for poetry's sake. I do feel that as an introduction to the genre, it would be a great place for people who are perhaps a little wary of poems to start. These aren't highbrow poems that only a prof could enjoy. They're funny and witty even at a surface level, often like short stories.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

"Nelofer berries" - that's priceless! And very true; I found her the most consistently annoying of all the panelists.

The fact that there was a real dialogue about the role of poetry in Canadian literature will only help to bring it to people's awareness, I think. I may just have to give it another try.

Congratulations on having your ideas stolen by the CBC! I'm looking forward to next year's debate already.