The Best Laid Plans

The Best Laid Plans

A Novel

Book - 2007
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Random House, Inc.

Here’s the set up: A burnt-out politcal aide quits just before an election--but is forced to run a hopeless campaign on the way out. He makes a deal with a crusty old Scot, Angus McLintock--an engineering professor who will do anything, anything, to avoid teaching English to engineers--to let his name stand in the election. No need to campaign, certain to lose, and so on.

Then a great scandal blows away his opponent, and to their horror, Angus is elected. He decides to see what good an honest M.P. who doesn’t care about being re-elected can do in Parliament. The results are hilarious--and with chess, a hovercraft, and the love of a good woman thrown in, this very funny book has something for everyone.

Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, c2007
ISBN: 9780771047589
Branch Call Number: FIC Falli
Characteristics: xix, 314 p


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Jan 30, 2020

This is one crazy book! I definitely recommend it.

Feb 16, 2018

I do not like politics, but I loved this book. Funny and smart.

Oct 12, 2017

I heard he is coming to Aurora on October 19!

You can find more details here:

Can't wait to meet him and hear him speak!

Jun 03, 2017

Funny book about Canadian politics. How I wish we could have some candidates like Angus who really try to do the right thing rather than blindly follow the party line on every issue.

Mar 26, 2017

Fallis’ style is overblown, farcical and a fun read (Stephen Leacock Humour Award) as he takes the mickey out of the hysterics of Canadian (or any other country’s) politics. Fallis uses a 60 year old Engineering prof, who wins the election *accidentally*, as his foil to make his more serious points about the need for integrity in politicians, and for the invasive media to leave their private lives alone. For someone like me who loves to hate politics and the media, I was glad to see it. Despite spoon-fed over-writing, I ate up the satire, tolerated the occasional slapstick, and admired his shameless use of deus ex machina borrowed from ancient Greek dramatics.

Dec 28, 2016

What a delightful book!! Funny is putting in mildly! It is hilarious. Not only that but it is well written with true to life and believable script, wonderful character development, and a truly Canadian plot! It really ought to be required reading for any government or civics class, even if just for fun! A must read for Canadians!

Jan 20, 2016

First there was // Mr. Smith Goes to Washington \\ now there is // Angus Goes to Ottawa \\.
Charming, the keyword is charming - - a charmingly humorous book on another side of Canadian politics - - pass the Molsons, please.

Oct 02, 2015

Excellent book! I was considering stopping after a shortway through due to the emphasis on politics, however I couldn't actually put the book down and made it through to the end. It was delightful and witty, stimulating, and informative. Also provides a good glimpse into federal Canadian politics.

Aug 06, 2015

Hilarious and heartwarming - a winning combination. Perfect read to get a sense of what may be going on behind Canadian election antics. Ordered the sequel, can hardly wait!

Jul 30, 2015

Based on other reviews I looked forward to reading this book. I gave it my best shot, reading about a third of the way through. This kind of humour and writing style was fresh when Stephen Leacock did it. I found it pedantic and wordy and as a result, had a hard time getting into the story.

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