The Papers of Samuel Marchbanks
by Robertson Davies
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This is a silly book but I found it entertaining. The premise is that it is the papers of a Canadian journalist, Samuel Marchbanks, which have been compiled, edited, and footnoted by his friend Robertson Davies. Marchbanks is a crank and has a lot of issues with the "modern world" (circa 1985) and the failings of Canadian government. He also has colorful friends and neighbors who come into the book mostly in the final section which contains his correspondence. I could have done with fewer diary entries about the furnace. If you haven't read Davies' non-fiction before I would recommend The Enthusiasms or A Merry Heart over this volume.
This book counts toward the 13th Canadian book challenge.