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Terry Fallis
Genre Fiction
iUniverse-Indigo (August 22, 2007)
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The Best Laid Plans book. It is definitely not my usual type of book, but I did thoroughly enjoy, much to my surprise. It is the One Book, One Community selection for 2010 for the Waterloo region, so I thought I would give it a try.

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The novel takes place in the Ottawa area and centre's around a Liberal party political aide. A few whips and chains later (!) the chosen candidate ends up being elected to office and we follow a rookie MP who just doesn't care about being re-elected or pleasing the party leader. For many this book could be an introduction to Canadian politics.

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D. ANGUS McLINTOCKMember of Parliament for/Député deCUMBERLAND-PRESC Only the House of Commons would employ a commercial artist whose raison d’être was hand-stenciling the names of MPs in gold-fleck. paint on the front doors of their offices. I watched as he worked meticulously to finish the final O-T-T as if it somehow confirmed as real what I’d hoped might be some particularly cruel nightmare. The irony was painful. I felt like the sad-sack inmate who had tunneled out of his cell only to miscalculate and surface in the gas chamber

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Winner of cbc canada reads. 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.

AbeBooks: In The Best Laid Plans, your graphic description of Rachel's infidelity had me laughing out loud. Were their other passages that you particularly enjoyed writing? Terry Fallis: "While it may be a bit distasteful, I enjoyed writing that early scene when the accident-prone Daniel literally puts his foot in it, as it were.

Thirty-something Daniel Addison is jaded and burned out from his Parliament Hill job as a speech writer for the Liberal Leader of the Opposition. After a messy breakup with his girlfriend, Daniel is eager to escape the duplicitous world of Canadian politics, so he accepts a faculty position with the University of Ottawas English Department. He soon moves into a boathouse apartment in nearby Cumberland owned by Angus McLintock, a cranky engineering professor in his sixties who is mourning the recent loss of his wife.

Both Angus and Daniel intend to retreat from the world for a while, but fate wont have it. Angus is desperate to avoid teaching English to first-year engineering students yet again. Daniel, as penance for abandoning his party on the eve of an election, must find a Liberal candidate to run in ultra-Conservative Cumberland. In an unlikely alliance, Angus consents to stand as the in-name-only, certain-to-lose Liberal candidate, and Daniel agrees to take Anguss English class.

Everything is going according to plan until the voters are suddenly forced to take a closer look at Angus, throwing his certain defeat into doubt. Scrambling to deal with this unexpected development, Angus and Daniel land in the middle of a hilarious political maelstrom that tests not only their friendship but their beliefs in government and democracy.

  • Gholbithris
After being introduced to this author's work by a staffperson at Munro Books in Victoria, BC last summer, Terry Fallis has become my favorite Canadian comedic author, and this book tops the charts. The humor and twists of this comic political novel are a great antidote to the bleating, braying and soul-sucking hideousness we are seeing on the national stage in the USA right now. I liked it so much I sent it to ten friends for Christmas this year, all of whom, like me, need a political lift and something to laugh about that all liberals can relate to. I liked it so much that I've read the rest of his books too. Go Terry Fallis! This book saved my sanity at a really lousy time.
  • Pemand
It is rare that one finds laugh-out-loud reading material that is also enlightening, but to this U.S. native Fallis's satire on the Canadian parliament was both. I cared about the characters, cheered for the idealistic and accidental representative Angus, and learned a fair amount about parliament to boot.

I'm going to write a thank you note to my Canadian friends who recommended this book.
  • Vikus
These two books (Including the High Road) are hilarious ( and satirical). The author takes on a two volume story of how an eloquent, articulate, inelegant engineering professor finds himself an unlikely MP candidate in a riding that he has no chance of winning. His co star in this drama is a, jaundiced for his years, political speech writing Ph.D. in English. In the style of Jonathan Swift the author carves just north of a ludicrous path through the corridors of almost power in the House of Commons. His insights cut very close to exposing the bone of seedy and parochial displays in the House and how ideals could fall to the pursuit of re-election. The present CBC comedy series on The Best Laid Plans adheres somewhat to the book , but does sway into a bit more melodrama than that book. In my mind the book is quite good enough without a TV producer "juicing" it up.
  • Yellow Judge
Terry Fallis is a great Canadian storyteller. The "Best Laid Plans" and the follow up "The High Road" though fictional, give an entertaining, tongue in cheek look at the inside machinery of the Canadian Federal Parliament.
  • Jogrnd
I'm so glad to read an award winning Canadian book that isn't pedantic or depressing. It's time for light and entertaining novels to win some hefty Canadian awards. And Fallis deserves the award. He kept me entertained from page 1 until the very end. I'm not a political animal, I've never understood that species, but if politicians were as entertaining and creative as Daniel, Angus, Muriel and the rest of the characters, I'd sign up with the Liberals tomorrow. I've read some of the reviews that complain the plot is not realistic. Time to look up the definition of 'fiction'. Kudos to you, Fallis. I hope I can follow in your footsteps. I too am a Canadian author who is self published. Thanks for the inspiration!
  • Dogrel
This is a funny story from the point of a weak-stomached parliamentary operative who tries to chuck it all away and seek refuge and rest in academia after his unfaithful ex-girlfriend's affair with a politician. He manages to end up convincing then working for an honest man to run for Parliament. A dash of occasional 3-year-old humour, and some more sophisticated political humour, it's a great read!
  • Nafyn
In case you didn't know Best Laid Plans is the winner of the 2011 CBC Canada Reads contest. It was described as the "most essential Canadian novel of the decade."

It's not though.

If you allow the book to stand on its own merits - without hype or celebrity promotion - it fairs quite well. Best Laid Plans is funny, unique, and an enjoyable read. In the opening chapter you'll find this gem of a sentence: "Let's just say she was rather enthusiastically lobbying his caucus." Yeah, Terry Fallis went there.

I'm kind of glad Terry did too. Living close to America, some Canadians believe our politics to be boring in comparison to the antics of the Tea Party or the inspiration of Barrack Obama. It's not true. We have just as much quirkiness, just as much sliminess, and more then enough "huh?" moments. Most of it just goes unnoticed.

The novel takes place in the Ottawa area and centre's around a Liberal party political aide. In an effort to escape the party gives him one last assignment - to find a candidate for a riding that never votes Liberal. A few whips and chains later (!) the chosen candidate ends up being elected to office and we follow a rookie MP who just doesn't care about being re-elected or pleasing the party leader.

For many this book could be an introduction to Canadian politics. I wish there were more books like Best Laid Plans out there. But it's not grand or moving on the scale of "essential Canadian novel of the decade." It's just an entertaining and average read. Reading this will not change politics in the country as some claim.

Terry's main character, the political aide, is unfailingly whiny. He whines about leaving politics, he whines about a new relationship, he whines about politics, he whines about falling into dog poop... you the idea. The idea of one rookie MP changing politics is laughable as well. The perfection portrayed by MP Angus McLyntock is unrealistic, contrived, and equally as annoying. Its good that the books is about 350 pages because if it were any longer I would have said, "enough."

Indeed the only character flaw of the rookie MP is that he farts loudly. On that previous sentence, which aptly sums up Best Laid Plans, I end this review.

Rating (gouge my eyes out, below average, average, above average, more please)


Enjoyed: Funny, an easy and quick read, rare Canadian fiction about Canadian politics

Disliked: Main character is whiny, unbelievable
A light and funny tale about the unpredictability of Canadian federal politics, this story is a quick read and is engaging. I particularly enjoyed it because like the main character, I too have worked on Parliament Hill for members of Parliament and have managed election campaigns. Although the story is a bit far fetched, on most of the details about life on the Hill, Fallis is accurate. It's clear he's both worked there and has done extensive research. He paints a truer picture than many political science texts, but with an enjoyable, amusing story.