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Why Shoot the Teacher

by (author) Max Braithwaite

McClelland & Stewart
Initial publish date
May 2002
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    May 2002
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The book that inspired the classic film, Why Shoot the Teacher tells the story of a young man’s first collision with reality – an ill-paid teaching assignment in an isolated country school, in the prairies, during the Depression. The young man is, of course, Max Braithwaite, and the story he has to tell is riotous, grim, candid, and infinitely entertaining. While it is perhaps Braithwaite’s best-loved book, it is also a vivid evocation of the desolation wrought by the “Dirty Thirties” on the Saskatchewan Prairies, the ordeal of youth among a people bereft of pity and charity, and the human compassion that adds warmth and poignancy to the author’s recollections.

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Contributor Notes

Max Braithwaite was one of Canada’s most prolific freelance writers, having authored numerous books, articles, radio dramas, screenplays, theatre scripts, and television shows. He died in 1995.

Editorial Reviews

“Read it…for the sheer pleasure of the story, for the pangs of young discovery, and for the smell and taste and feel of a strange land, which is your land.”
–Farley Mowat

“Vulgar, funny, sad, sweet.”
Globe and Mail

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