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Exploring The Best Laid Plans: Chapter 2


CBC Books is all about conversation and community, which is why we want to explore the Canada Reads 2011 champion, The Best Laid Plans, chapter by chapter. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday we will release an audio version of one chapter (generously recorded and given to us by author Terry Fallis) as well as pose discussion questions. You can join the conversation by commenting on the blog posts right here on the Canada Reads site or by joining the discussion group for The Best Laid Plans in the CBC Books Community.


The set-up: In Chapter 2, Daniel has secured his living arrangements and persuades his brand-new landlord to run for office as a Liberal candidate in exchange for teaching English for Engineers. Their deal, which involves next-to-no campaigning, should ensure that Angus is a shoe-in...to lose.


The questions:

  1. Chapter 2 is the first chapter that ends with a letter from Angus to his deceased wife. How did you feel about this element being introduced? Does it reveal a different side of Angus?
  2. Do you feel that Angus's categorization of engineering students' attitude towards English is a fair one?
  3. Angus's wife was a trailblazing femininst. How does Marin Lee and her portrayal stack up against real-life feminist icons?
  4. Angus and Daniel are both sticklers for grammar. Is the English language an ever-evolving organism or a staunch set of rules? Or does it fall somewhere in the middle?
  5. Chess, engineering and politics are all about seeing ahead and problem-solving. Can you draw any other comparisions between the three worlds?
  6. Daniel paints Angus as a well-read, well-rounded individual, and very different from your "typical" engineer. Why do you think Angus is so different?
  7. Why would Angus be interested in building a hovercraft?
  8. Is it fair to the constituents of Cumberland-Prescott to run such a minimalist campaign?


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