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Virtual Clearcut: Or, the Way Things Are in My Hometown

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In the Bowron River valley of British Columbia, there is a logging clearcut so vast that astronauts can see it. Sixty kilometers to the northwest lies Prince George, a once-thriving city of 80,000 that has experienced an accelerating 40-year virtual clearcut that has slashed through the strata of its economic and social culture, wiping out its locally- owned businesses and ...more
Hardcover, 344 pages
Published March 4th 2003 by Thomas Allen Publishers
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Oct 26, 2012 Ben rated it liked it
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I read this book because I, like author, am from Prince George, but I think its appeal can extend beyond the people of Northern British Columbia. Essentially, Fawcett is presenting a case study of the impact of unrestrained capitalism on a small community. I am sure its story is not that different from many other towns in North America, or, indeed, the world.

Through the end of the 20th century, Prince George was dominated by the timber industry. The problem, as Fawcett presents it, is threefold
Mar 25, 2012 Adrian rated it really liked it
Still getting through it... I think this should be part of the welcome package when moving to Prince George. Of course, it's too critical for that, but the content is really relevant to understanding this city, even 10 years after it was written.
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Mar 17, 2014 Cristina Hutchinson rated it really liked it
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The topic of this book was fantastic. I loved Fawcett's look into the forestry industry by speaking with the people that actually matter - the loggers. However, I would roll my eyes every time Fawcett gave his own misguided opinion on the way things are in his home town and the influence from "the man" - the monopolizing corporations.

The book was far more engaging when the colorful Prince George characters were giving their views than reading through Fawcett's monologues. If there would have be
Dec 11, 2011 Andrew rated it really liked it
Introspective takes on: forestry, the reforestation of the Bowron clearcut, northern garbage dumping and bullet holing, business in Prince George (PG), history of PG, racial interaction in BC, the shallowness of ethnic labels in a "multicultural" world where our tastes are being formed by mass-media from cultural cores, Giscome, the river systems Alexander MacKenzie used to cross the continental divide east of PG. Written when Gordon Campbell had taken office from the 'small-time corrupt' NDP. ...more
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Jun 18, 2011 Joseph Mckenna rated it liked it
One thing is for certain, Brian Fawcett thinks a lot of himself.
Nominally about the Bowron clearcut, the book is more of a look into the lives of his friends who have spent the last forty years in Prince George, BC.
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A compelling writer, however his focus is blurred with a few too many irrelevant personal anecdotes.
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Mandatory reading for everyone from PG.
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