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The Mad Who Read Voltaire

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The Man Who Read Voltaire  Idealization/imagination of America – just like how Americans think Canadians live in igloos and have polar bears etc  Author: “Elsewhere and nowhere and a complication of the immigration experience”  The tendency that Canadians have to yearn for the states  Pg 387 o Shows dominance of the husband o “marooned” – to be abandoned alone in an inaccessible place – Dave feels alone o Economic status of the family o Issues of class and social standing o For all the stories, whether it’s specific or reveals through the story  Their shirts are too big, and needs to last 2 years o The mother wants her two sons to look impressive to the aunt and uncle – means shirt & jacket – but she needs to buy them on sale and make sure they last a while  Western Ontario after WW2 o It’s the nowhere o West of Toronto, but lesser than Toronto  Superman flying around in the city  Detroit o Racial o Failed American city o Cha
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