Thomas King is a Canadian (who happens to Indigenous) treasure. Much like Mark Twain before him, it is the wry observations, and insight into human nature make him irresistibly readable for this reader.
Book excerpt: “I’m sweaty and sticky. My ears are still popping from the descent into Vaclav Havel. My sinuses ache. My stomach is upset. My mouth is a sewer. I roll over and bury my face in a pillow. Mimi snuggles down beside me with no regard for my distress.
‘My god,’ she whispers, ‘can it get any better?’”
(source: Harper Collins) By turns witty, sly and poignant, this is the unforgettable tale of one couple’s holiday trip to Europe, where their wanderings through its famous capitals reveal a complicated history, both personal and political.
“The Institute of Confound and Demoralize is something that Mimi has made up to deal with the contradictions that seem to arise with alarming frequency.
Coffee is bad for you. Coffee is good for you.
Red wine helps blood health. Red wine reduces your ability to fight infection.
Exercise is essential for general fitness. Exercise contributes to inflammation of the joints.
Kale, the silent killer.”