Happiness: Or Generica

by Will Ferguson

Penguin Canada | September 11, 2007 | Trade Paperback

Happiness: Or Generica is rated 3.5 out of 5 by 2.
Will Ferguson's bestselling debut novel—formerly known as Generica —is now an international publishing sensation, attracting kudos from critics and readers in Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. Ferguson is well known for his non-fiction hits such as How To Be Canadian , but here he turns his hand to fiction—with hilarious results.

Edwin de Valu, an overworked editor at Panderic Press, is in trouble. The weekly editorial meeting isn't going well and he needs a hit for the upcoming fall season. In desperation he presents a previously rejected self-help manuscript, "What I Learned On The Mountain," by Tupak Soiree.

Much to Edwin's chagrin, the project is accepted, and soon becomes the number-one bestseller of all time. But can this self-help book be the real thing? Dismayed by the plague of happiness that ensues, Edwin attempts to get to the bottom of the mysteries of Tupak Soiree and the book he has unleashed on our unsuspecting world.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 368 pages, 8.21 × 5.31 × 0.91 in

Published: September 11, 2007

Publisher: Penguin Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0143056964

ISBN - 13: 9780143056966

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Amusing 3.5 stars What would happen if everyone in the world was happy? In this book, Edwin is an editor for a mid-sized publisher. Although he initially rejects and throws out the giant manuscript for a self-help book, “What I Learned on the Mountain” by Tupak Soiree, when put on the spot, he suggests they publish it. The book is an instant bestseller, and in time, almost everyone is happy. But, Edwin feels things just aren't right... I liked it. It was amusing, with a few laugh-out-loud moments. There was actually an alternate ending added in (at least to my edition). I liked the end of the book, but I believe the alternate ending would have been the one if some of the other stuff hadn't been cut from the book. That alternate ending had some of the best laugh-out-loud moments, I thought, but that's probably because they were all Quebec/Canada jokes.
Date published: 2013-01-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Self Help - The Will Ferguson Method A great social satire about an underwhelmed publisher who decides to publish a self help manuscript off the slush pile (unsolicited manuscripts). The catch, it really does fix everyone's lives and as a result screws up society. The message, do we really think it would be better if everyone was happy?
Date published: 2008-11-24

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Happiness: Or Generica

Happiness: Or Generica

by Will Ferguson

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 368 pages, 8.21 × 5.31 × 0.91 in

Published: September 11, 2007

Publisher: Penguin Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0143056964

ISBN - 13: 9780143056966

From the Publisher

Will Ferguson's bestselling debut novel—formerly known as Generica —is now an international publishing sensation, attracting kudos from critics and readers in Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. Ferguson is well known for his non-fiction hits such as How To Be Canadian , but here he turns his hand to fiction—with hilarious results.

Edwin de Valu, an overworked editor at Panderic Press, is in trouble. The weekly editorial meeting isn't going well and he needs a hit for the upcoming fall season. In desperation he presents a previously rejected self-help manuscript, "What I Learned On The Mountain," by Tupak Soiree.

Much to Edwin's chagrin, the project is accepted, and soon becomes the number-one bestseller of all time. But can this self-help book be the real thing? Dismayed by the plague of happiness that ensues, Edwin attempts to get to the bottom of the mysteries of Tupak Soiree and the book he has unleashed on our unsuspecting world.

About the Author

Travel writer and novelist Will Ferguson is the author of several award-winning memoirs, including Beyond Belfast, about a 560-mile walk across Northern Ireland in the rain; Hitching Rides With Buddha, about an end-to-end journey across Japan by thumb; and most recently the humour collection Canadian Pie, which includes his travels from Yukon to PEI.

Ferguson's novels include Happiness™, a satire set in the world of self-help publishing, and Spanish Fly, a coming-of-age tale of con men and call girls set amid the jazz clubs of the Great Depression. His work, which has been published in more than twenty languages around the world, has been nominated for both an IMPAC Dublin Award and a Commonwealth Writers' Prize, and he is a three-time winner of the Leacock Medal.

www.willferguson.com