The High Road

The High Road

A Novel

Paperback - 2010
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A brilliant follow-up to the Stephen Leacock Award-winner The Best Laid Plans , this deeply funny satire continues the story of Honest Angus McLintock, an amateur politician who dares to do the unthinkable: tell the truth.

Just when Daniel Addison thinks he can escape his job as a political aide, Angus McLintock, the no-hope candidate he helped into Parliament, throws icy cold water over his plans. Angus has just brought down the government with a deciding vote. Now the crusty Scot wants Daniel to manage his next campaign.

Soon Daniel is helping Angus fight an uphill battle against "Flamethrower" Fox, a Conservative notorious for his dirty tactics. Together they decide to take "The High Road" and--against all odds--turn the race into a nail-biter with hilarious ups and downs, cookie-throwing seniors, and even a Watergate-style break-in. But that's only the beginning. Add a political storm in the capital and a side-splitting visit from the U.S. President and his alcoholic wife, and Terry Fallis's second novel is a wildly entertaining read full of deft political satire and laugh-out-loud comedy.
Publisher: Toronto : Emblem : McClelland & Stewart, c2010.
ISBN: 9780771047879
Characteristics: 330 pages ;,22 cm.

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Katy_Z
Dec 28, 2016

Another great read by Terry Fallis. A fun filled follow up to The Best Laid Plans. Again written with literary genius. Very laughable, great character development, and a fast moving plot. It is quite interesting how this writer packs so many events into a such a short time period.

0Charlie Sep 19, 2015

I have enjoyed this author's other works. He is an entertaining writer with a good sense of humour and a sure feel for Canadian politics. I found this work not as enjoyable as "The Best Laid Plans" or "Up and Down". The entire plot centres on the unwavering "greatness" of Angus McLintock. As such, there is a lessening of tension and excitement since things always seem to work out for the best.

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GLNovak
Oct 06, 2013

I enjoyed this book as much as the previous 'The Best Laid Plans' where we first met Angus and Daniel. Angus is still his honest, forthright, upright, ethical self and Daniel the assistant hustling to keep up and to do the right thing. So far so good. I am now on to the third in the trilogy "Up and Down". Sounds ominous. Great humourous writing, quirky sense of humour, very visual, and all of that is supporting the political story. Politics leaves most of us disillusioned but this story shows there are possibilities for a break in the mold and the emergence of true caring MPs who want to do what is right, not just what is expedient.

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bibliosaurusrex
Jun 15, 2013

Lots of laughing out loud with this book. I wish Terry Fallis would write more Angus McLintock books but I have a feeling he's done with this character :(

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karistach
Feb 27, 2013

Loved the further adventures of Angus McLintock, but it is Daniel Addison who makes me laugh out loud!

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John_M
Dec 26, 2012

Fun characters and plot. Some laughing out loud

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Liber_vermis
Dec 21, 2012

Another thigh-slapping tale of good triumphing over bad on The Hill in Ottawa. This book offers many discussion topics for a "book club" in a high school such as the role of women, alcoholism, and ageism. However, Fallis needs to rise above his tendency to use puerile humour.

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1979clinton
Dec 08, 2012

You just have to read this! But first read The Best Laid Plans. These two will make great book ends for you library.

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cat_the_dragonfly
Sep 19, 2012

a good read - although found you have to read the first one for the full effect. recommended!

Canaan3 May 28, 2012

Really enjoyed "The Best Laid Plans" but this is also a super read.I found it funny,informative,and educational. Keep up the good work Terry Fallis we need more Canadian books like this.

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gladys99
Jun 09, 2011

A great read...wish a real 'Angus' would show up in our gov't.

Steven Harper needs to reads Terry Fallis' books and do the RIGHT thing.

Can't wait for the next 'Angus' book.

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