A Newfoundlander in Canada

A Newfoundlander in Canada

Book - 2017
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Great Big Sea front man Alan Doyle presents his hilarious and heartwarming account of leaving Newfoundland and discovering Canada for the first time while trying to hold on to his sense of home.
Publisher: Toronto :, Doubleday Canada,, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780385686198
0385686196
Branch Call Number: 782.42164 Doyle
Characteristics: ix, 244 pages : illustrations

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IndyPL_KatieF Feb 04, 2019

Do yourself a favor and pick up this delightful memoir, preferably in audiobook form! I started listening to this on a complete whim, having never heard of Alan Doyle or Great Big Sea. I've never been to Newfoundland and have only traveled within 100 miles or less of the US/Canadian border. After this book I count myself a fan of Doyle and his band, and can't wait to explore more of Canada. And while he shares stories of his travels from across the country, his stories of Newfoundland and his perspective as a Newfoundlander will leave you wanting to visit that part of the country more than any other.

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wss1800
Jan 02, 2019

A great read. First time I finished a book within 24 hours since I was a teenager. I especially enjoyed the story about 1997 Canada Day on the Hill since I was there, and saw Alan and Joanne later that day going in to the Glue Pot pub. Didn't realize all of the BS that went on prior to their appearing onstage in front of the Queen. For his lighthearted approach to life, as a Newf I'm impressed he stood his ground and demanded some respect. I sense that was a trailblazing moment for NL entertainers.

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edmontoncanuck
Sep 19, 2018

I agree with the previous comments 100%. I just finished the audio book and will be recommending it to anyone who will listen. The story is great. And Allan's voice and expression adds greatly to it. 6 stars for sure... I feel as if I know so much more about Newfoundland now. And I hope that Allan has a healthier lifestyle these days. haha

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mslighthearted
Nov 14, 2017

Wow! Just when I thought I couldn't love Alan Doyle any more than I already do, he up and suprised me. This follow-up book to Where I Belong did not disappoint!

As funny and heartwarming as his first memoir, A Newfoundlander in Canada provides the reader with more glimpses into the artist's life and into the lives of the Canadians he meets while touring the country with Great Big Sea.

Alan Doyle comes across as a kind, friendly, intelligent man whose love for Newfoundland, Canada, and his fellow Canadians is palpable. Part memoir, part travel guide, this book imparts a vision of Canada you'd have a hard time finding anywhere else. Well written and highly entertaining, this book made me smile more than I have in a long while.

I highly recommend the audio book if you can get your hands on it; listening to Alan Doyle's voice tell his tales only adds to the experience. I could listen to him speak forever.

(I'd give this book 6 stars if I could!)

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