Best Laid Plans

December 29, 2008

With some heavy work still on my reading list (finishing the 9/11 Report, Jared Diamond’s Guns, Germs and Steel, and more books about genocide), it was an incredible pleasure to spend a week of the holiday reading Terry Fallis’ The Best Laid Plans, the Canadian political satire I mentioned earlier. It’s smart and funny and eerily prescient – a hastily-elected minority conservative government tries to use political confusion and economic woes to their advantage. And the book was published last year…and my friend and I heard Fallis in Port Colborne even before our real election took place.

It was exactly the kind of book I needed, too. And a great book for the turn of the year. I spent the fall embroiled in family issues and a frustrating job hunt, and while these things still aren’t entirely resolved, I am more optimistic. Mostly because of a type of attitude described in the book. A character quotes Mackenzie King (I haven’t been able to verify in Bartletts’ or online, but I’ve latched onto the quotation anyway):

“If you’ve really done absolutely everything you can and you still come up short, fate will smile on good people.”

Sure hope so. Thanks to Fallis for a great book, and to friend Sarah for going to the reading and buying my copy.


3 Responses to “Best Laid Plans”

  1. My favorite unverifiable quotation:

    “My fear… is my substance, and probably the best part of me.”
    – Franz Kafka –

    I like to think he said it, but then again it doesn’t really matter who said it. Cheers.

  2. Wow! Thanks so much for your kind words. I had such a great time in Port Colborne. Wonderful night and such warm people. All the best in 2008…

  3. thebookpile said

    Guns, Germs and Steel is excellent, as is Diamond’s sequel, Collapse.

    However, the Massey Lectures by Ronald Wright in 2004, collectively titled A Short History of Progress, questioned a few of Diamond’s explanations in GG+S. Those lectures might be a good follow-up read.

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