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22. Sep 2005 at 15:08
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I've often speculated about why Bandy isn't more respected as a literary character in Canadian book circles. After all, Donald Jack has sold about a million copies of his books, and won three awards for his humour. It almost seems as though the CanLit industry is overstocked with a certain sort of stock character - the pompous, humourless drudge who finds comedy a low art, beneath the dignity of literature. I was beginning to believe that this was simply my imagination when I came across a review in the August-September 1979 issue of the illustrious Canadian review publication, Books in Canada. In his review of Me Bandy, You Cissie, reviewer Ian Young sums up perfectly the problem with Canadian literati:

Having to review a book like this is apt to make one feel superior and redundant at the same time, like Hilaire Belloc when he was chairing a certain public debate. 'These gentlemen,' he told the audience, ‘are here to speak to you. You are here to listen. And I am here to sneer.'
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