I've been following along with the recommended books Martel been sending to our PM, since April 2007. He has stated:
Martel must be fervently praying, for many reasons, that Harper will be booted. I know I am, and just one of those reasons is that I may finally get a chance to catch up with this *&#%@! never-ending book list! I've fallen far, far behind; my last book read was #20, Northrop Frye's The Educated Imagination, and we are now at #37, Swift's A Modest Proposal. Counting the ones I've already read from his latest suggestions that still leaves me about 15 books behind, sigh. These are the books from #20 to #37 which I've read in the past, with my comments on them:
For as long as Stephen Harper is Prime Minister of Canada, I vow to send him every two weeks, mailed on a Monday, a book that has been known to expand stillness. That book will be inscribed and will be accompanied by a letter I will have written.
To the Lighthouse / Virginia Woolf
A gorgeous read, even if not one of my favourite Woolf books. The story of the Ramsays and their summer retreat in the Hebrides is a book which slows you down, makes you see things differently. It's a good entrée into Woolf's work.
Persepolis / Marjane Satrapi
A graphic novel which I read when it first came out, it's a fascinating look at life for a young woman growing up in Iran. Now I really must see the acclaimed film.
A Modest Proposal / Jonathan Swift
A tiny piece I read back in university, this satirical suggestion for the relief of poverty in Ireland is still a shockingly funny and dark read.
That leaves me with 15 books. Whew.