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Atuk: "The Canadian identity"
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14th Oct 2014


QuoteSummary: Transplanted to Toronto from his native Baffin Island, Atuk the poet is an unlikely overnight success. Eagerly adapting to a society steeped in pretension, bigotry, and greed, Atuk soon abandons the literary life in favour of more lucrative – and hazardous – schemes.

Richler’s (author) hilarious and devastating satire lampoons the self-deceptions of “the Canadian identity” and derides the hypocrisy of a nation that seeks cultural independence by slavishly pursuing the American dream.

The ONE reason why I would like to read this book is because the movie is cursed. Every actor who expressed interest in the lead role died before filming:
  • John Belushi: Jim Belushi's big brother and the first known victim. After reading the script and wanting to play the lead role, he died of an overdose in 1982 before filming started
  • Sam Kinison: filmed one scene for the movie, but then quickly grew dissatisfied and wanted the script rewritten, halting production. Before there were any talks about continuing the project, Kinison died in a car crash 1992. 
  • John Candy: In 1994, when he was reading the script and showed interest, Candy suddenly died of a heart attack.
  • Michael O'Donoghue: He was a writer, comedian, and a friend of Belushi and Kinison. He read the script and made some modifications. He died in 1994 also.
  • Chris Farley: A huge fan of John Belushi and the most recent victim who was in consideration for the main role. In 1997, when he was about to accept the role, he died the same way his idol did: an overdose.
  • Phil Hartman: Farley's friend and former Saturday Night Live cast-mate. Although he was only encouraged for a supporting role, his wife committed murder-suicide by shooting him in bed before shooting herself.


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