Generica by Will FergusonGenerica by Will Ferguson

Generica

byWill FergusonNarrated byRon Halder

Audio Book (Cassette) | August 31, 2001

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In this audiobook of his satirical, fast-paced novel, Will Ferguson skewers society's obsession with self-improvement. Generica is the story of Edwin de Valu, a beleaguered junior editor at Panderic Press. In desperate need of a new self-help author, Panderic decides to publish a rambling 1000-page manuscript by an obscure author named Tupak Soirée. What I Learned on the Mountain is different from any self-help book before it in one respect — it works! The book quickly becomes the best selling book ever. Suddenly, everyone CAN be happy, CAN lose weight and stop smoking, and CAN get rich quick. Edwin fears that the bliss he has unleashed on the world may indeed be a curse. One by one his friends and family take up the cult of "Happiness" (a word now trademarked by Panderic Press). Soon Edwin begins to see that any system of blind acceptance is ultimately destructive. He realizes that he is the unlikely champion that fate has chosen to fight the menace of Happiness™.
Will Ferguson was born in Fort Vermillion, Alberta. His debut book Why I Hate Canadians was a national bestseller. Recently, he published the bestselling Bastards and Boneheads and Canadian History For Dummies. Ferguson is also the author of the critically acclaimed travel narrative Hokkaido Highway Blues, as well as the budget travell...
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Title:GenericaFormat:Audio Book (Cassette)Dimensions:1 pages, 5.5 × 4.27 × 1.32 inPublished:August 31, 2001Publisher:Goose Lane EditionsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0864923260

ISBN - 13:9780864923264

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In this audiobook of his satirical, fast-paced novel, Will Ferguson skewers society's obsession with self-improvement. Generica is the story of Edwin de Valu, a beleaguered junior editor at Panderic Press. In desperate need of a new self-help author, Panderic decides to publish a rambling 1000-page manuscript by an obscure author named Tupak Soirée. What I Learned on the Mountain is different from any self-help book before it in one respect - it works! The bookquickly becomes the best selling book ever. Suddenly, everyone CAN be happy, CAN lose weight and stop smoking, and CAN get rich quick.Edwin fears that the bliss he has unleashed on the world may indeed be a curse. One by one his friends and family take up the cult of "Happiness" (a word now trademarked by Panderic Press). Soon Edwin begins to see that any system of blind acceptance is ultimately destructive. He realizes that he is the unlikely champion that fate has chosen to fight the menace of Happiness TM.

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"This is broad satire . . . told with an impish, nudge-wink grin. Ron Halder's witty performance is perfectly tailored to the material." — Globe and Mail