Wednesday, December 01, 2004

A great Canadian...

It's a measure of how fondly Pierre Berton was held in the hearts of Canadians that on the day of George W. Bush's first (!) official visit to Canada, the CBC evening news led not only with Berton's death, but opened with about 10 minutes of coverage and tributes. If you read only one book on the North, read The Arctic Grail--one of 50 books this incredibly prolific writer produced during his 84 years.

2 comments:

Aisha said...

Oh dear -- another Canadian world-famous in Canada that I have never heard about ?
Going searching with google.

Peter Garner said...

Hi Aish,

I doubt Berton is well-known outside of Canada, at least not in the sense of, say, a Margaret Atwood or Robertson Davies, so don't feel bad. But here, he is/was one of our great story tellers. If you're interested in Canadian history, he's a must read.

RT