In Search of the Canadian RoadBook - 2009
Hard Surface is a lyrical, informative and amusing approach to what we encounter every day and often take for granted. Stopping at points of human, geographical and historical interest, it is also a journey through a country's past and present, celebrating as it goes along our search for meaning and nationhood. As the first non-fiction celebration of the Canadian road, Hard Surface takes the reader on a brisk ride that joyfully reveals the road to be an extension of our search for truth, meaning and a better life, demonstrating that the real value of the road may not be the transportation of goods and cargo, but the search for ourselves, and the gathering and spreading of stories across a great and vast land. Excerpt from Hard Surface : On the side of any one of these roads has waited a girl with a bus ticket in her hand, or even with her thumb out. She has a few dollars in her pocket, and the rest of her life is in front of her. The life that she is after is one that lies further on, always further on. It is a glorious life and she understands the road to it will be long and packed with adventures in which she will be the central character. To the drivers that pass her she appears paltry beneath the great sky, forlorn even, framed by looping telephone cables that arc over top of her. She is as common as the road, but she is proud, and with a thumb pointed skyward, or a knapsack on her back, she marks herself with the universally optimistic gesture of the hitchhiker, the traveler, the person in motion. Praise for Peter Unwin: "Peter Unwin is one of the few writers who does not push his ego all over the map, obscuring the locals from view." -- The National Post "A respected writer of fiction and historical features who draws on his skills and experience." -- The Globe and Mail "His passionate writing style is intoxicating." -- Toronto Star "Peter Unwin's prose is swift and exuberant."-- Ottawa Citizen "Peter Unwin's stories are a joy to read--if you choose this book as a gift…buy it early. Don't risk having to give it away before you've enjoyed it for yourself. Better still, buy two copies." -- Edmonton Sun
Publisher: Toronto : Key Porter Books, 2009.
Characteristics: 262 p. :,ill. ;,23 cm.