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really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  2,631 ratings  ·  338 reviews
A brilliant follow-up to the Stephen Leacock Award-winner The Best Laid Plans , this deeply funny satire continues the story of Honest Angus McLintock, an amateur politician who dares to do the unthinkable: tell the truth.

Just when Daniel Addison thinks he can escape his job as a political aide, Angus McLintock, the no-hope candidate he helped into Parliament, throws ic
Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 7th 2010 by Emblem Editions (first published January 1st 2010)
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Mar 22, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not that I have a particularly strong interest in Canadian politics, but Fallis' Best Laid Plans was charming enough to want to see what happened next. And so I did, although, like so many sequels, High Road is slightly inferior than its predecessor and absolutely unnecessary. It pretty much hits all the same notes again, not really offering something new and primarily riding on the strength and the aforementioned charm of its rugged hirsute unflaggingly principled and indomitably honest hero, A ...more
Steven Buechler
Apr 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Saddly panned by a lot of reviews, "The High Road" was an enjoyable read for me. It reminded me of my stint in rural-Ontario media and restored my faith in politics. (Well, almost)

-from pg 302

"We cannot make the infrastructure investment that you seek, Mr. McLintock, for two reasons. Number one, we promised we'd cut taxes. And number two, we need the tax cuts to stimlate the crashing economy, and that's what will be in tomorrow's Budget. Period, full stop, end of story."
Angus had been calm up to
Lorina Stephens
Aug 13, 2013 rated it it was ok
It simply kills me to give Terry Fallis' comic sequel, The High Road two stars. Throughout the entire reading, and subsequent post-deliberation, I kept wondering why it was did I not only find Fallis' humour lacking, but sometimes outright condescending, and what was it about the story arc left me feeling as though I needed a real, fully-balanced meal instead of some meal replacement drink.

We again spend time with many of the main characters to whom Fallis introduced us in The Best Laid Plans. T
Terry Grignon
Apr 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Fallis writing manages to find a delighful intersection between thought provoking and funny.  I look forward to more.  I have found The High Road encouraging, especially during this often depressing election.  So much so that I keep waiting to hear political commentors mention a Fallis Effect has revolutionized the politics being played in some riding somewhere.  And that the red ribbon idea actually happened in a real riding
I keep wishing that happened in ours; I hate the campaign signs everywh
Michael Ranalletta
Aug 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
Again, the fact that this books centres on our absolutely boring political system, but is entertaining as all heck, terry fallis is a genius. A great continuation of this cast of characters. Engaging, witty, and full of heart. I love this world and want more.
May 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The High Road picks up right where The Best Laid Plans left us. Good thing, too, since I was hardly ready to leave these characters quite yet. This book find our beloved Angus back on the campaign trail...but this time he actually WANTS it! While I found the first book quite amusing. The sequel is laugh out loud hilarious! Not one I could easily read in public unless I wanted people looking at me funny.

Warning - the next couple of paragraphs contain details of the book that some readers might wi
Lydia Peever
Jun 01, 2011 rated it liked it
I was very pleased to win this in a CBC and Goodreads giveaway, and doubly pleased to read it on the tail-end of an election.

It is hard to describe my attitude going in to reading this book. I am a journalism graduate as of last week. I just published a horror novel, and am a resident of Ottawa who cleaned houses in the Cumberland area. All in all, I wanted to like this book. Hell, I wanted to love it for so many reasons.

I didn't love it. Saying I liked it makes me worry I will give the wrong i
Jul 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
I loved this sequel to The Best Laid Plans. Like the previous book, it is well-written and highly entertaining. I wish I could read more about Angus McLintock as he's a very likeable character. Highly recommended! ...more
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
The first half of the book is the usual fun and games with Angus trying to get re-elected. He has to face off against an opponent famous for dirty campaigning (Flamethrower Fox.) What I really enjoyed was the second half. After a terrible infrastructure collapse Angus is tasked with investigating the disaster for the new PM. When it turns out that the reason for the disaster may have originated with his party 20 years earlier, Angus and Daniel have their work cut out for them seeing to it that C ...more
Mary Jane Hele
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved The High Road as much as The Best Laid Plans, perhaps more, as I was anticipating Angus and Daniel's hijinks once again, and was not disappointed. Terry Fallis provides a wonderfully humorous look at politics and politicians. At a time when we are all wondering how did it get so bad it is great to have an Angus to give us hope. For an insider's look into politics on Parliament Hill enjoy a light hearted visit through the eyes of Terry Fallis. ...more
Heather Pearson
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: canadian
totally enjoyed this book. Loved the Canadian flavour, though the humour would not be lost to non-Canadian readers.
Dec 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Angus McLintock is at it again! It was a pleasure to delve back into Canadian politics with my favourite Scottish engineering professor. This book provides compelling evidence of Fallis' growth as a humourist. The story follows a fascinating, delightful plot that interlaces nuance and absurdity; very Canadian! A worthy, fun read. ...more
Linda Johnson
Dec 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
a great read for political watchers --- by-election campaign followed by a general election and Cabinet making in the federal scene
Jan 10, 2022 rated it really liked it
Fun, well-written, intelligent and 100% Canadian in every way.
An Odd1
Oct 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fun
Looking forward to CBC mini-series on #1 Best Laid Plans.
#2 High Road excerpt
"The High Road" (Angus 2) by Terry Fallis is the campaign direction whereby the Angus effect, candidate integrity, tops important voter issues, defeats muckrakers. Like Gardiner's tragedy "King John of Canada", both narrated by second-in-command, this comedy starts with a naked woman in a boathouse bedroom window. Unlike apparent ramble-cum-portent influence on which to blame his doom and betrayal for downfall of all g
Stephen Foster
Feb 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
The High Road is a follow-up to one of my favourite reads in recent memory, The Best Laid Plans. I hesitate to call it a sequel, because it's basically a direct continuation of its predecessor. It picks up almost exactly where The Best Laid Plans left off, and apart a few bits of exposition designed to bring new readers up to speed, one could probably simply staple the two manuscripts together and they would flow seamlessly. That said, I can't say I enjoyed Road quite as much as Plans. I think c ...more
Aug 22, 2012 rated it it was ok
This book is really cute. It isn't actually all that funny, though, and although some may get more out of the supposed humour than I did, I felt that the author was being rather strident in his attempts to be funny, which just put me off all the more. What's more, according to someone at work who read the prequel, some of the same situations featured in that book are those the author thought so full of hilarity or meaning that they just had to be repeated here.

There's no doubt that Angus McKlint
It has only been four months since Angus McClintock became the MP for the Liberal party in a longtime Conservative riding, but due to spoilery things that happened at the end of The Best Laid Plans, there is another election already. Surprisingly, Angus has decided to run again. Angus is a rare honest “politician” (but really an engineering professor) who doesn't make decisions based on what's best for him politically, but makes those decisions based on what's best for Canada. This election will ...more
Victoria Allman
Sep 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
My husband is threatening to throw out all future Terry Fallis books that appear on my dresser as I continue to laugh-out-loud while reading his work. The High Road had me both laughing (apparently loudly) and with a tear in my eye at times. It is not many authors who can acheive that and Fallis does it well.
The story continues Angus McLintock's adventure in Canadian politics after the first book, Best Laid Plans, introduced us to this lovable, opinionated, and stead-fast engineering professor w
Oct 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, re-read, favourites
After thoroughly enjoying The Best Laid Plans, I was so excited to find a podcast of The HIgh Road. And I devoured it, too. I loved hearing Terry Fallis reading the book - he made it completely come alive for me. The language choice was still sometimes a bit pretentious but I found it less annoying this time around. I didn't feel as disappointed when I finished this one - I will definitely keep reading Fallis' work but I won't be upset if there isn't a third book for these characters. ...more
Feb 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
A nice follow up to "the best laid plans", the high road finds us back on the campaign trail, this time with a willing angus. But it gets better once he is returned to office and gets down to work attempting to be an honest politician bringing some integrity to the hill.

I had to stop reading this in the midst of my own legislative melt down, but it is a good read if you don't have to think about politics 24/7, so here is my endorsement of how closely it mirrors "realpolitik".
Apr 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kobo-read, canadian
This is the conclusion to the first book, The Best Laid Plans. Angus and Daniel are now properly elected to the federal government and have been given the task of discovering why a bridge that crosses from Ottawa to Hull has collapsed. Angus, ever the engineer, takes the task very seriously.

A thoroughly enjoyable read.
Dec 14, 2016 rated it liked it
I don't normally read books about Canadian politics, but this book was laugh out loud funny. It is about a crusty old engineering professor who decides to run for politics. He is supported by the GOUT Squad - Geriatrics Out to Undermine Tories. The GOUT Squad lives at the local seniors home. What a hoot! ...more
Ann Douglas
Oct 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
A fabulous follow-up to Fallis' first book (and the prequel to this novel), The Best Laid Plans. Some of the plot twists seem a bit more contrived this time around, but it's still an utterly delightful romp. And I'm still desperately waiting for an MP like Angus. ...more
Ena Weverink
Mar 16, 2015 rated it liked it
More like 3.5. I enjoyed the first one more and this one is quite similar. great sense of humour infused throughout. enjoyable to read.
John Johnston
Jan 07, 2022 rated it really liked it
The High Road is fun and funky fiction of one of our Canadian sports – federal elections! This is the second book of Terry Fallis’s trilogy featuring Angus McLintock and his side-kick, Danial Addison (It does have a Batman and Robin element featuring a Boatmobile / Hovercraft instead of a Batmobile)

The first book, The Best Laid Plans, featuring our maverick engineering professor Angus McLintock pulling off a stunning upset victory in the riding of Cumberland-Prescott, long a Conservative Party
Dec 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: canadian
I could not get enough of Best Laid Plans when I read it at the tail end of 2020. Combining engineering, Canadian politics, and comedy, it was a total hit (wait, wait hear me out!). Terry Fallis won a number of awards for the book, including a comedy award and Canada Reads, when it was published in the late 2000s, and this sequel does not disappoint.

*very minor spoilers*

Instead of focussing on the humour of a verbose engineering professor signing up to run in an election simply to avoid teaching
Nov 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
The hijinx continue in this sequel to The Best Laid Plans. Terry Fallis exploits his deep knowledge of political processes, backroom backstabbing, public personae and most of all engineering to give us a satisfactory book; albeit a bit full of literal improbabilities and outrageous absurdities. As in his first work I identified traits of many "usual suspect" types who prowl about the Hill seeking the ruin of souls; and I laughed out loud often. It's in the second half of the book that Fallis put ...more
Bryan Macleod
Oct 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This, the second installation of Fallis' Angus Mclintock Canadian MP is in my opinion even better than his first CBC Canada Reads award winning entry. It is charming, well paced and has a real message and vision for what politics could be... at a time when we could all do with a bit of optimism...

Light hearted and human, I found it none-the-less to be a page turner... don't read before bed if you have somewhere to be in the morning... The characters are engaging and authentic...

if I docked any
Oct 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"The High Road" is a sequel to Fallis' hilarious Canadian political satire "The Best Laid Plans" featuring the unconventional professor-turned-politician, Angus McLintock, and his capable but clumsy executive assistant, Daniel. Angus is like no other politician - he is forthright, honest, outspoken and irascible. In this book, Angus runs for reelection in a frantic campaign against a no-holds-barred rival and then takes on his own political party when he is asked to investigate and report on a m ...more
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Terry Fallis is the award-winning author of eight national bestsellers, including his latest, Operation Angus, all published by McClelland & Stewart (Penguin Random House). His debut novel, The Best Laid Plans, won the 2008 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour and was crowned the 2011 winner of CBC Canada Reads as the "essential Canadian novel of the decade." In January 2014, CBC aired a six-part tele ...more

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