Morris, Jan. Drawings by Barry Blitt.
Title CITY TO CITY.
Publisher Macfarlane Walter & Ross, Toronto, 1990.
Seller ID 24996
173 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0921912102 B&w illustrations. "During her regular visits to Canada over the past thirty-five years, (Morris) has watched its evolution with a mixture of empathy, fascination, and frustration. She finds the preoccupation with national identity baffling, since she herself has no trouble in differentiating Canada from every other country in the world. Nowhere in Canada, she says, could she ever imagine herself to be in the United States. The pursuit of happiness nowadays, she believes, can be better pursued north of the border. Indeed, she described the Canadian society as 'on the whole, the most admirable on earth', and writes that she is 'not ashamed to say that I have grown to love the country'. Not that 'City to City' is all sweetness and praise. Her assessments of the ten places she writes about - St John's, Newfoundland; St Andrews, New Brunswick; Montreal; Ottawa; Toronto; Saskatoon; Edmonton; Banff; Vancouver; and Yellowknife - are never predictable. In fact, her reaction is sometimes the opposite of what Canadians might expect. Some of the cities that Canadians consider 'world class' fall, in her view, well short of the mark. In smaller places, which many urban Canadians dismiss as provincial and uninteresting, she discovers great value and appeal. Canadians may not be flattered by everything Jan Morris has to say about their country, but no reader will fail to be stimulated, informed and entertained. Deeply personal and yet brilliantly researched, highly readable and yet profoundly resonant, (it) is an astute portrayal of a country poised on the brink between true nationhood and disintegration." Light browning to fore-edge and top of text block, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, small bump at bottom edge of front board. Dust jacket has been price-clipped, has very light edge wear/wrinkling - mainly at top/bottom of spine, minor rubbing. Very Good/Very Good