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The luck of the Irish meets the Great Canadian Dream April 29 2003 Reviewer from Ottawa Ontario Canada I truly love this book In it Brian Moore explores one mans heroic attempt to shift position in the world Ginger Coffey leaves the unpromising economic situation in Dublin Ireland to pursue his idea of the Great Canadian Dream With wife and daughter in tow he arrives in Montreal in the dead of winter with 1503 to his name He has been waiting a long time for this golden opportunity It soon becomes apparent however that Canada was not as eagerly waiting for him He manages to land a job at The Tribune but rather than his desired position as journalist he wallows among the other galley slaves as a lowly proofreader They collectively suffer under an exploitative and humiliating boss MacGregor Because of his radical Irish optimism Coffey is blind to the emptiness of the editors promise to promote him to journalist one day soon Before that mysterious day which never arrives Coffey is further forced to augment his meager wages by accepting a job as a diaper delivery man for a company called TINY-ONES Is this the Utopia that he crossed an ocean for Utopia-shmopia But while his Great Canadian Dream is shattering he hears some trans-Atlantic gossip that suggests the situation back in Ireland is even worse So his choice of Montreal is now an irrevocable one if for no other reason than it at least affords him some anonymity until he hits the big time But even this anonymity is brutalized one day when he encounters an old Dublin girlfriend while he is in the full garb of his TINY-ONES uniform This is only one of a series of humiliations that Coffey experiences not the least of which is the fact that his marriage is threatened and he fears that his wife Vera is involved with an associate of his
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