101 Letters to A Prime Minister

101 Letters to A Prime Minister

The Complete Letters to Stephen Harper

Book - 2012
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A collection of the 101 letters Yann Martel wrote to Stephen Harper every two weeks between 2007 and 2011 which were accompanied by books Martel encouraged the Prime Minister to consider reading.
Publisher: Toronto : Vintage Canada, 2012.
Edition: Vintage Canada edition
ISBN: 9780307402073
030740207X
Branch Call Number: 011.73 Mar
Characteristics: 433 pages : illustrations

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KateHillier Apr 22, 2016

I did not intend to sit down and blow through this in one sitting but that is exactly what happened. That's 101 (mostly) unanswered letters that Yann Martel (Life of Pi, Beatrice and Virgil) wrote to former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Each letter contained the title (or two, or three)... Read More »


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bananaquit
Sep 09, 2017

Interesting letters to Prime Minister Harper illustrating that the Arts and Letters are indeed important to a cultured life. Can be considered a compendium of of good books to read to flesh out one's knowledge of cultural history.

KateHillier Apr 22, 2016

I did not intend to sit down and blow through this in one sitting but that is exactly what happened. That's 101 (mostly) unanswered letters that Yann Martel (Life of Pi, Beatrice and Virgil) wrote to former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Each letter contained the title (or two, or three) of a book that he suggested Mr. Harper read. He even sent a copy of each book with the letter. This happened every two weeks. For 101 letters he received 7 responses, none of which from Harper himself.

There are a wide variety of books mentioned here. Some I've heard of, some not. Some I've loved, some I've loathed, but each letter gives a very, very good argument for picking it up. They aren't summaries of the books for the most part but a discussion of the importance of the ideas, the writing style, of the people that produced it. It really is quite fascinating and I really love how Yann Martel writes. Having heard him speak it is very, very similar.

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