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Canada is the second-largest country in the world, surrounded by three oceans. These are the best books about Canada, ranging from novels to history books.

Canada is the second-largest country in the world, surrounded by three oceans. Its vast territory stretches over 5000 km from east to west, the same distance that separates Paris from Montreal.

Nature is omnipresent, with numerous natural parks and a great diversity of landscapes, which will delight the most adventurous: hiking, trekking, cycling, and road trips. You can follow routes of unparalleled beauty at any time of the year.

In this article, we’ll talk about the best books about Canada, ranging from novels to history books.

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by Richard Ford

The novel opens with a spectacular and daring beginning that leaves us speechless from the first two lines, telling us about an event so striking, significant, and melodramatic that it will mark all subsequent events.

And that is this: “First I will tell you about the robbery my parents committed. And then about the murders, which came later“.

From there on, the reader will do nothing more than tie up as best he can, one after the other, at the pace set by Ford, who so wisely guides him, leaving here and there little foreshadowing that will act as hooks that will advance something of this fascinating story, but not in its entirety, as the plot, which is perfectly plotted, will keep us on tenterhooks until the end.

The narrator is the now sexagenarian Dell, but at the beginning, he will tell us his story with the freshness of the teenager he was one day when the robbery by his parents happened, his subsequent flight to take refuge in Canada, following the express wish of his mother.

She decides to send him and his sister Berner, although the latter does not make it, to her friend Mildred, so that they do not fall into the hands of the Social Services, who would probably have taken them to an orphanage.

And, in order to set the story, in order to bring all these approaches to fruition, the place chosen by Ford is Canada.

Canada, in particular, and all the landscapes, in general, that will appear, are also indisputable protagonists due to the immeasurable and detailed beauty with which they are described.

The writer confesses to having chosen this arid environment because of the sensation that this country of freedom, of tolerance, causes in him…

A rough place, ideal, moreover, for finding oneself again, a land that still retains something today of the rural and wild, where everything is possible and where hope, regeneration, and the belief in a better future and second chances can still be found.

The promise of Canada

by Charlotte Gray

This book by Charlotte Gray, a British-born, Canadian-based historian who worked for several years as a journalist, writing a regular column on national politics for Saturday Night and appearing regularly on radio and television as part of discussion groups, examines the idea of Canada from a very particular point of view.

He presents him as a biographer who believes that the individual actions of a country’s citizens can shape a country’s national identity through the influence of these acts in shaping social changes.

In a different and impressive survey of Canadian history, Charlotte provides us with portraits of well-known Canadians such as Preston Manning and the writer Margaret Atwood, as well as eight other individuals ranging from the artistic ability of Emily Carrs, to George-Étienne Cartier’s role in a confederation (which is still going strong 150 years later), to Tommy Douglas’s fight for universal healthcare in Saskatchewan.

Other people Gray wrote about in his book are not as well known. He tells of Bertha Wilson, the first woman Supreme Court Justice of Canada, and her contributions to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Few know Wilson and the way she protected vulnerable minorities and the individual rights of every citizen, influencing the 1980 Morgentaler case.

Lonely Planet Best of Canada

By Brendan Sainsbury

Born and raised in New Hampshire, England, Brendan has lived and worked in more than 70 countries.

He has coordinated and written for Lonely Planet several guides related to Cuba, although he has also covered many other countries, including Angola, Italy, and the US Cuba remains his preferred refuge, and Havana – along with London and Granada – one of his cities. favorite.

Huge, beautiful, and rugged: this is Canada, the second-largest country in the world. Variety is what defines this huge and diverse nation, spanning three oceans and six time zones. To know the Canadian territory well, it would be necessary to reincarnate several times.

However, those with only one life at their disposal will be able to visit many memorable places thanks to this guide. In addition, everything can be visited without too many complications, forgetting the worries and obstacles that frustrate travelers elsewhere. Canada is one of the most peaceful and efficient countries in the world.

This is what you will find while reading this marvelous book.

First Canadian Army: Victory in Europe 1944–45

by Simon Forty and Leo Marriott

What do you think of when you read about the Second World War? Surely Churchill, the United States, France, and other historical greats, but have you ever thought of Canada?

Simon Forty and Leo Marriot welcome the readers with an impressive preface, which starts with the statement that Britain and the world are in great debt with Canada for its contributions to World War II, as well as asking if the British could have been able to fight on the beaches in 1940.

Without a doubt, these are questions that catch you from the outset. By exploring history a bit, it is impossible not to realize that Canada’s contributions have gone unnoticed by many, and even ignored by the allies.

Forty and Marriot did exhaustive research, searching national and regional archives and showing black-and-white photographs.  The book is so extensive and complete, that it even has maps (which give a better understanding of the battles) and shows Canadian troops from the D-Day landing.

Each chapter contains a short introduction and photo captions.

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