Here’s the set up: A burnt-out political aide quits just before an election — but is forced to run a hopeless campaign on the way out. He makes a deal with a crusty old Scot, Angus McLintock — an engineering professor who will do anything, anything, to avoid teaching English to engineers — to let his name stand in the election. No need to campaign, certain to lose, and so on.
Then a great scandal blows away his opponent, and to their horror, Angus is elected. He decides to see what good an honest M.P. who doesn’t care about being re-elected can do in Parliament. The results are hilarious — and with chess, a hovercraft, and the love of a good woman thrown in, this very funny book has something for everyone. – Publishers Website
I picked this book up Sunday afternoon and had it finished by midnight. It is a quick paced political satire that I did understand and enjoyed, since I was basically brought up on this type of stuff. My father, bless his soul had drilled into my head about being involved in politics, the campaigns, the contenders, etc. As a teenager, I wasn’t really impressed with any of it. But, I did take away that politics are important to keep track of, and I have to this day. I don’t think this book is for everyone. I do think people who may like this are more literary types that are interested and learned in this type of topic. The Essential Canadian Novel? I am not so sure about that. The book does have its place in Canadian society, however, I did happen to laugh out loud quite a few times while reading.
The incredible Ali Velshi of CNN who just happens to be a Canadian is defending The Best Laid Plans, and he is doing a fantastic job.