101 Letters to a Prime Minister: The Complete Letters to Stephen Harper

101 Letters to a Prime Minister: The Complete Letters to Stephen Harper

From the mailbox of the Prime Minister's Office to your bookshelf, a list of more than 100 books that every Canadian should read. This largely one-sided correspondence from the "loneliest book club in the world" is a compendium for bibliophiles and those who follow the Canadian political scene. Smart, subversive, signed, sealed, and now available to you...even if your addr...

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Title:101 Letters to a Prime Minister: The Complete Letters to Stephen Harper
Author:Yann Martel
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Edition Language:English

101 Letters to a Prime Minister: The Complete Letters to Stephen Harper Reviews

  • Marc-Antoine

    For me, this was a collection of 101 love letters to literature. My to read list just grew by a lot and I am reminded of why I am an avid reader. I strongly recommend to all book lovers, or anyone who wants to try and understand us.

  • Sabrina

    At first, I hated the idea of this book--Stephen Harper cannot possibly care what Yann Martel thinks he should read. But the more I read, the less that mattered and the more I thought about the importance of what a leader consumes in shaping who they are and how they lead.

    Although I found it a little overtly left-leaning, the letter format is intimate and direct, the list of books is superb, and by the end I found myself wondering how my own reading list impacts my work, my friendships, and my l

    At first, I hated the idea of this book--Stephen Harper cannot possibly care what Yann Martel thinks he should read. But the more I read, the less that mattered and the more I thought about the importance of what a leader consumes in shaping who they are and how they lead.

    Although I found it a little overtly left-leaning, the letter format is intimate and direct, the list of books is superb, and by the end I found myself wondering how my own reading list impacts my work, my friendships, and my life.

    The best part of being friends with writers is their book recommendations and this book is a window into the book recommendations of an excellent Canadian writer as well as a meditation on the impact of literature and the types of leaders we choose to elect and support.

  • Rachel C.

    I doubt that Stephen Harper read any of these books or letters but I still find myself charmed by the idea of interacting with your head of state this way. What would you want your leader to read? As Martel asks:

    I doubt that Stephen Harper read any of these books or letters but I still find myself charmed by the idea of interacting with your head of state this way. What would you want your leader to read? As Martel asks:

    Martel touches on a number of subjects in his letters, from multiculturalism and Canadian identity, to arts funding, environmentalism, history and war. He starts out cajoling but becomes more confrontational and petulant as the project continues (by #100, it's been nearly four years).

    Although the project is ostensibly directed at Stephen Harper, it's also directed at Canadians. It asks, "What sort of

    are you? What is

    mind made of?" It introduces and celebrates many Canadian writers, while at the same time encouraging the reader to international breadth and historical scope. I added a dozen titles to my own to-read list.

    And it touched Martel, too. In a guest-letter from his partner Alice Kuipers, she writes, "Along the way, I think Yann has rediscovered the joy of reading widely."

    And so it goes with reading - it rarely fails to improve one's mind and one's life.

  • Chinook

    Things I learned:

    Stephen Harper is an ungrateful ass.

    The guy who wrote Maus was also responsible for Garbage Pail kids.

    Jeannette Winterson owns a food shop.

    I am quite bad at French these days, to the extent of mistranslating Christian as cretin.

  • Jon Nikrich

    A friend is hoping to attend the Editors Canada conference, and they recently announced Yann Martel as a speaker. That reminded me that I've wanted to read about this since I first heard about it. The involvement (or lack of involvement of) a Prime Minister is an interesting hook, but I read it for the recommendations. I love receiving ideas on what to read next and in this book Yann Martel provides me with more than 100.

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