A Newfoundlander in Canada
Following the fantastic success of his bestselling memoir, Where I Belong, Great Big Sea front man Alan Doyle returns with a hilarious, heartwarming account of leaving Newfoundland and discovering Canada for the first time.Armed with the same personable, candid style found in his first book, Alan Doyle turns his perspective outward from Petty Harbour toward mainland Canada, reflecting on what it was like to venture away from the comforts of home and the familiarity of the island. Often in a van, sometimes in a bus, occasionally in a car with broken wipers "using Bob's belt and a rope found by Paddy's Pond" to pull them back and forth, Alan and his bandmates charted new territory, and he constantly measured what he saw of the vast country against what his forefathers once called the Daemon Canada. In a period punctuated by triumphant leaps forward for the band, deflating steps backward and everything in between--opening for Barney the Dinosaur at an outdoor music festival, being propositioned at a gas station mail-order bride service in Alberta, drinking moonshine with an elderly church-goer on a Sunday morning in PEI--Alan's few established notions about Canada were often debunked and his own identity as a Newfoundlander was constantly challenged. Touring the country, he also discovered how others view Newfoundlanders and how skewed these images can sometimes be. Asked to play in front of the Queen at a massive Canada Day festival on Parliament Hill, the concert organizers assured Alan and his bandmates that the best way to showcase Newfoundland culture was for them to be towed onto stage in a dory and introduced not as Newfoundlanders but as "Newfies." The boys were not amused. Heartfelt, funny and always insightful, these stories tap into the complexities of community and Canadianness, forming the portrait of a young man from a tiny fishing village trying to define and hold on to his sense of home while navigating a vast and diverse and wonder-filled country.

A Newfoundlander in Canada Details

TitleA Newfoundlander in Canada
Author
ReleaseOct 17th, 2017
PublisherDoubleday Canada
ISBN-139780385686198
Rating
GenreCultural, Canada, Biography, Nonfiction

A Newfoundlander in Canada Review

  • Richard
    January 1, 1970
    I won this book on a Goodreads giveaway. Alan Doyle delivers a truly delightful read as he takes you across Canada as he and the boys in Great Big Sea discover the country in their early tours as band. The book is structured with a chapter for each province that is followed by a story back in Newfoundland. This allows the reader to discover the country with the author while at the same time understanding the importance of "home". While Great Big Sea are often the characters in the book and are t I won this book on a Goodreads giveaway. Alan Doyle delivers a truly delightful read as he takes you across Canada as he and the boys in Great Big Sea discover the country in their early tours as band. The book is structured with a chapter for each province that is followed by a story back in Newfoundland. This allows the reader to discover the country with the author while at the same time understanding the importance of "home". While Great Big Sea are often the characters in the book and are the reason for the cross country tour, this is not a book about the band and can be enjoyed by readers unfamiliar with their music (all you need to know is they play really amazing traditional Newfoundland and original tunes).The story telling flows freely resulting in the read feeling they are sitting across the table hearing these tales straight from the authors mouth. The stories selected often had me laughing out loud while at the same time providing insight into the psyche of one particular Newfoundlander (the author) and the psyche of the country as a whole. Canada is a country that struggles with what it means to be Canadian and each region has its own views and prejudices about whatever they consider to be the rest of Canada. This book does a great job of highlighting the view of a Newfoundlander heading out to the mainland and discovering that this country is able to embrace and celebrate culture from coast to coast. This is definitely an enjoyable read that will give you an insight into this country that few of us will ever experience on our own.
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  • Trisha
    January 1, 1970
    I won a copy of this book through a First Reads giveaway.I was excited to get this as a Canadian stuck in the middle, this book allowed me to have an insight into the unique world of a Newfoundlander. This was easy to read and quite enjoyable! I have always loved hearing Alan sing but this was just so much better.Thank you Alan and please write more!
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  • Ron S
    January 1, 1970
    A memoir from Great Big Sea front man Alan Doyle about the band's early days on the road, as they make their way from Newfoundland to B.C.,. I'll confess to not being a fan of GBS, and there is something smug about Doyle that basically makes me want to punch him. So given the significant obstacles to my enjoyment of this book, I was pleasantly surprised at how entertained I was by his remembrances. The Rock might not be very good for spuds, but Newfoundland does grow a lot of great storytellers, A memoir from Great Big Sea front man Alan Doyle about the band's early days on the road, as they make their way from Newfoundland to B.C.,. I'll confess to not being a fan of GBS, and there is something smug about Doyle that basically makes me want to punch him. So given the significant obstacles to my enjoyment of this book, I was pleasantly surprised at how entertained I was by his remembrances. The Rock might not be very good for spuds, but Newfoundland does grow a lot of great storytellers, and Doyle is one of them. While I'm not about to go out and buy a Great Big Sea album now, there's a strong chance I'll pick up his first book, Where I Belong.
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    While Alan Doyle's first book, Where I Belong, was set primarily in Petty Harbour and St. John's, Newfoundland, his newest release spans from one Canadian coast to the other.Beginning in Newfoundland, the chapters of A Newfoundlander in Canada are divided into different Canadian provinces. The reader travels with Doyle as he shares stories and anecdotes from his first experiences off the island on the road with Great Big Sea.Many of the stories are laugh out loud funny and woven among them all i While Alan Doyle's first book, Where I Belong, was set primarily in Petty Harbour and St. John's, Newfoundland, his newest release spans from one Canadian coast to the other.Beginning in Newfoundland, the chapters of A Newfoundlander in Canada are divided into different Canadian provinces. The reader travels with Doyle as he shares stories and anecdotes from his first experiences off the island on the road with Great Big Sea.Many of the stories are laugh out loud funny and woven among them all is the theme of home and identity. Doyle presents a kind of birds eye view of how the vastly different parts of Canada are still very clearly still part of the same family.One thing I have loved about both of Alan Doyle's books is that he easily develops a connection with his readers. You get the sense that he is right beside you with a pint of beer telling you about his amazing adventures on the "mainland". On the back of Doyle's first book, actor Russell Crowe is quoted saying, "I feel like I've lived another's life." This holds true for A Newfoundlander in Canada as well.A Newfoundlander in Canada is certainly a must read for any Great Big Sea fan, though you do not need to be familiar with their work to enjoy this book, most especially if you are Canadian.xoJennDisclaimer - I received a complementary copy of A Newfoundlander In Canada from Penguin Random House Canada. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.
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  • Aly
    January 1, 1970
    I don't think you need to be a fan of Great Big Sea to read this book. You don't even need to know who Alan Doyle is to enjoy it. Do you need to have read his first book ? Not either. There might be an expression or two I wouldn't have understand if I haven't read Where I Belong but that's it.While Mr. Doyle's previous book focus on his childhood and his hometown in Petty Harbour, Newfoundland, this one is about his debut with the band and the concert tour they did in every province of Canada in I don't think you need to be a fan of Great Big Sea to read this book. You don't even need to know who Alan Doyle is to enjoy it. Do you need to have read his first book ? Not either. There might be an expression or two I wouldn't have understand if I haven't read Where I Belong but that's it.While Mr. Doyle's previous book focus on his childhood and his hometown in Petty Harbour, Newfoundland, this one is about his debut with the band and the concert tour they did in every province of Canada in the early 1900's. While this autobiography might not tell you all the secrets nor recount the complete career (I wonder if maybe he's keeping it for a next book?), Alan Doyle is such a good storyteller that I was never bored. He have a way to tell a story and give you informations at the same time that I find quite entertaining. My favorite part is when he compare each province to a family member in relation to Newfoundland. "New Brunswick, I supposed, is Newfoundland's quiet cousin. She gets very little air-time at the supper table, but is way more complex and fascinating than you might have thought."I wondered if my interest may relate to the fact I'm Canadian. Maybe it is, but I still think it would be a great book for people who wants to know more about the geography and history of Canada. Add to that a lot of funny anecdotes.
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  • James
    January 1, 1970
    I haven't laughed this hard reading a book in a long time. Some of the stories are so far fetched, you know they can't be made up."Worst Seat Ever", coming off the plane and approaching future (now current) wife Joanne and explaining that he is covered in pee, poo, beer, rum, coke, baby formula, and breast milk. Or maybe the all night elevator party in Saskatoon. How about being asked if he and the band would take a Chinese bride for $10,000? Jaysus!After reading Where I Belong and now A Newfoun I haven't laughed this hard reading a book in a long time. Some of the stories are so far fetched, you know they can't be made up."Worst Seat Ever", coming off the plane and approaching future (now current) wife Joanne and explaining that he is covered in pee, poo, beer, rum, coke, baby formula, and breast milk. Or maybe the all night elevator party in Saskatoon. How about being asked if he and the band would take a Chinese bride for $10,000? Jaysus!After reading Where I Belong and now A Newfoundlander in Canada my respect for Alan Doyle has increased exponentially, which is incredible since I already had tremendous respect for the man. A Canadian from Newfoundland and a Newfoundlander in Canada.I received this book for free through Goodreads First-Reads.
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  • Bob
    January 1, 1970
    It's a little depressing that Alan Doyle is good at so many things: music, acting, and now writing. This is his second memoir, and a bit of a mirror image of his first, "Where I belong". Where his first book looked at his childhood and the role of his home community of Petty Harbour in his life, this one looks at the rest of Canada. It's actually a bit deceptive. The book is so easy to read, the author's voice so comfortable telling stories, that you may miss some of the insights that he offers It's a little depressing that Alan Doyle is good at so many things: music, acting, and now writing. This is his second memoir, and a bit of a mirror image of his first, "Where I belong". Where his first book looked at his childhood and the role of his home community of Petty Harbour in his life, this one looks at the rest of Canada. It's actually a bit deceptive. The book is so easy to read, the author's voice so comfortable telling stories, that you may miss some of the insights that he offers up about Canada from the context of the island on its furthest easternward edge.
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  • Di
    January 1, 1970
    Memoirs of Alan Doyle, former front man for Great Big Sea. Like many Newfoundlanders, Alan has the talent to spin a great yarn. And true to form, sometimes it is hard to tell where reality ends and perception begins. The book recounts touring in the early days of Great Big Sea. Well told, laugh out loud funny at times. Wonderful observations about Canada seen through the eyes of someone experiencing a cross country trip for the first time. Alan Doyle is a proud Newfoundlander and a proud Canadia Memoirs of Alan Doyle, former front man for Great Big Sea. Like many Newfoundlanders, Alan has the talent to spin a great yarn. And true to form, sometimes it is hard to tell where reality ends and perception begins. The book recounts touring in the early days of Great Big Sea. Well told, laugh out loud funny at times. Wonderful observations about Canada seen through the eyes of someone experiencing a cross country trip for the first time. Alan Doyle is a proud Newfoundlander and a proud Canadian. It shows!
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  • Katharine_ann
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy of this book through a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway. This is a great little book from Alan Doyle. The stories are really funny, and they bring that authentic Newfoundlander charm to life. I loved hearing about the band and Doyle's experiences of Canada, from the places they travelled, the sights that they saw, and the people they met. This is a book that will make you smile and remind you how wonderful it is to be welcomed home with that Newfoundland heart.
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  • Alison
    January 1, 1970
    A love letter to Canada, and to Newfoundland. Laugh out loud funny, warm, thought-provoking at times, an exploration of what it means to be a Newfoundlander and a Canadian and both at once. If you're looking for nasty gossip or behind the scenes shockers, this is not the book for you, Alan is not that kind of writer, or person. But I've been looking forward to reading this one since I finished his last one, and it did not disappoint.
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  • Harriet Benson
    January 1, 1970
    I won this book on Giveaways. Loved the story ( apart from one plane ride he describes which I did not enjoy) and learning more about the people of Newfoundland. I always knew they were a kind and generous people and had many belly laughs reading the discription of their language. I hope many more Canadians get to read this book which I highly recommend.
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  • Hope
    January 1, 1970
    I won this novel in a Goodreads giveaway.If you like a good yarn, then this is the book for you. A Newfoundlander in Canada is packed with good old fashioned storytelling of the band, Great Big Sea, traveling across Canada. Frontman, Alan Doyle, describes each province as a family member.Loved this book.
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    Again, Alan has written a great book. I throughly enjoyed reading about his adventures with his band Great Big Sea, and all the mishaps in between. It feels like you're sitting on a couch in a cozy living room with him, and he is telling you all these awesome stories. Loved hearing about the Thunder Bay Streaker. My favourite story.
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  • Melissa McGuire
    January 1, 1970
    Even though I'm not a fan of Great Big Sea I really enjoyed this book. I loved how the chapters were separated by provinces and the stories that went with them. This was a very enjoyable and fun read
  • Kate McDougall Sackler
    January 1, 1970
    Don’t read this book on the subway or at work, it had me laughing out loud!
  • Alex
    January 1, 1970
    Excited for the audiobook!
  • Noelle Walsh
    January 1, 1970
    This book was one that was incredibly enjoyable! Well worth the read as Alan Doyle really knows how to spin a yarn!
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