Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
Beautifully illustrated with wood-cut designs, this is the official 100th anniversary edition of Leacock's most beloved book.

Affectionately combining both the idyllic and ironic, Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town is a as fresh, funny, and insightful today as when it was first published in 1912. Set in fictional Mariposa, an Ontario town on the shore of Lake Wissanotti, these sketches present a remarkable range of characters: some irritating, some exasperating, some foolhardy, but all endearing. Painted with the skilful brushstrokes of a great comic artist, the delightful inhabitants of Mariposa represent the people of small towns everywhere. This is Stephen Leacock at his best - colourful, imaginative, and thoroughly entertaining.


The Hostelry of Mr. Smith

I don’t know whether you know Mariposa. If not, it is of no consequence, for if you know Canada at all, you are probably well acquainted with a dozen towns just like it.
There it lies in the sunlight, sloping up from the little lake that spreads out at the foot...
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Praise for Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town: "Leacock had a wonderful ear for dialogue and was superbly skilled in creating polished, self-contained scenes and in evoking character with a few sure strokes." -- Will Ferguson
Praise for Seth: "To read a book by Seth is to enter an oddly cozy, perfectly designed world where humor, nostalgia, and a gentle sadness pervade like the last autumnal rays of sunlight on a quiet afternoon." -- San Francisco Weekly