The lovely folks over at Pengeuin Random House Canada sent me a copy of Son of a Critch: A Childish Newfoundland Memoir for review purposes. There’s no way I’m getting paid for this.
If you are looking for good Canadian belly busting laughs, Son of a Critch A Childish Newfoundland Memoir by Mark Critch, is the book you want to pick up.
An engaging mix of wry observation and East coast self-deprecation, sprinkled with notes of seriousness. In short, it is everything you would expect from a Canadian comedian.
From the publisher:
A hilarious story of family, getting into trouble, and finding one’s place in the world
What could be better than growing up in the 1980s? How about growing up in 1980s Newfoundland, which–as Mark Critch will tell you–was more like the 1960s. Take a trip to where it all began in this funny and warm look back on his formative years.
Here we find a young Mark trick-or-treating at a used car lot, getting locked out of school on a fourth-floor window ledge, faking an asthma attack to avoid being arrested by military police, trying to buy beer from an untrustworthy cab driver, shocking his parents by appearing naked onstage–and much more.
Best known as the “roving reporter” for CBC’s This Hour Has 22 Minutes, Mark Critch has photo-bombed Justin Trudeau, interviewed Great Big Sea’s Alan Doyle (while impersonating Alan Doyle), offered Pamela Anderson a million dollars to stop acting, and crashed White House briefings. But, as we see in this playful debut, he’s been causing trouble his whole life.
Son of a Critch captures the wonder and cluelessness of a kid trying to figure things out, but with the clever observations of an adult, and the combination is perfect.
If you are a fan of Rick Mercer or This Hour Has 22 Minutes, you owe it to yourself to get your hands on a copy of this book. Critch’s recollection of growing up in the 80s may leave you both momentarily nostalgic and then immediately grateful. Grateful that Canada has decided that smoking until a room is blue is not necessarily healthy and that maybe we should believe children when they say they can’t breathe.
This is a book you won’t want to put down, but also one that you can easily pick back up after you complete other important things – like work, school, or mowing the grass.
I give this smart Canadian read 5 gold stars and a place on the bookshelf.