A Number of Things

A Number of Things

Stories of Canada Told Through Fifty Objects

Book - 2016
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From one of our nation's most beloved and iconic authors comes a lyrical 150th birthday gift to Canada. Jane Urquhart chooses 50 Canadian objects and weaves a rich and surprising narrative that speaks to our collective experience as a nation.

Each object is beautifully illustrated by the noted artist Scott McKowen, with Jane Urquhart conjuring and distilling meaning and magic from these unexpected facets of our history.

The fifty artifacts range from a Nobel Peace Prize medal, a literary cherry tree, a royal cowcatcher, a Beothuk legging, a famous skull and an iconic artist's shoe, as well as an Innu tea doll, a Sikh RCMP turban, a Cree basket, a Massey-Harris tractor and a hanging rope, among an array of unexpected and intriguing objects.

Bringing the curiosity of the novelist and the eloquence of the poet to her task, Jane Urquhart composes a symphonic memory bank with objects that resonate with symbolic significance. In this compelling portrait of a completely original country called Canada, a master novelist has given all of us a national birthday bouquet like no other.

Publisher: Toronto : Patrick Crean Editions, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers Ltd., [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781443432061
Branch Call Number: 971 Urq
Characteristics: xvi, 226 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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ehbooklover Mar 10, 2017

An interesting and very unique book about Canada in honour of its sesquicentennial. Each chapter focuses on an object that the author has selected as being important to the story of the country. The writing and the accompanying illustrations are beautiful. I loved that she stayed away from the obvious (beavers, maple leaves, etc.) and dug a little deeper.

Oct 30, 2016

The author chooses 50 random objects and writes a page or 2 about how each one of the objects is associated with some Canadian historical event or interesting Canadian fact. She covers a broad range of topics from coast to coast. I found myself wanting to "Google" everything she talked about. It can easily be picked up and read in quick little sections. A great read for anyone who enjoys Canadiana. I really enjoyed this.

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