Reflections Of A Siamese Twin: Canada At The Beginning Of The Twenty First Century

Paperback | October 23, 1998

byJohn Ralston Saul

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In Reflections of a Siamese Twin, Saul turns his eye from a reinterpretation of the Western world to an examination of Canada itself. Caught up in crises—political, economic, and social—Canada continues to flounder, unable to solve or even really identify its problems.

Instead, we assert absolute differences between ourselves: we are English or we are French; Natives or Europeans; early immigrants or newly arrived; from the east or from the west. Or we bow to ideologies and deny all differences in the name of nationalism, unity, or equality. In a startling exercise in reorientation, John Ralston Saul makes sense of Canadian myths—real, false, denied—and reconciles them with the reality of today's politics, culture, and economics.

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He's a Canadian philosopher, political scientist and perceptive commentator on society's vain little ways. John Ralston Saul takes a sharp look at Canada in Reflections of a Siamese Twin: Canada at the end of the Twentieth Century. He explores the Canadian mythos, those aspects both real and imagined that still circumscribe and pervade...

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In Reflections of a Siamese Twin, Saul turns his eye from a reinterpretation of the Western world to an examination of Canada itself. Caught up in crises—political, economic, and social—Canada continues to flounder, unable to solve or even really identify its problems. Instead, we assert absolute differences between ourselves: we are E...

John Ralston Saul is Canada’s leading public intellectual. Declared a “prophet” by Time magazine, Saul has received many awards and prizes, including Chile’s Pablo Neruda Medal. He is president of PEN International, an organization dedicated to freedom of expression. He has published fourteen works, which have been translated into twen...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:560 pages, 8.2 × 5.2 × 1.2 inPublished:October 23, 1998Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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He's a Canadian philosopher, political scientist and perceptive commentator on society's vain little ways. John Ralston Saul takes a sharp look at Canada in Reflections of a Siamese Twin: Canada at the end of the Twentieth Century. He explores the Canadian mythos, those aspects both real and imagined that still circumscribe and pervade our country's culture, politics, history and how Canadians view themselves and the legitimacy of their country. Saul is the internationally respected author of Voltaire's Bastards and The Doubters Companion. In 1998 he received his investiture in the prestigious Chevalier of the French Order des Arts et des Livres.