His writing is light and witty, displaying lively humour, yet also a warm sympathy for small town Canada. Leacock's preface to his novel is, in my opinion, worth the price of the book all on its own. A wry, self-deprecating summary of his life and career, it shows his willingness to poke fun at himself just as quickly as he would anyone else.
'Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town' is a short book, easily read in one or two sittings, and is a great addition to anyone's library.
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* In 2012, the CBC filmed a series based on two of the stories in 'Sunshine Sketches' in honour of its
one hundredth anniversary. I have not viewed it; I hesitate to do so. The last CBC adaptation of a Canadian classic I attempted to watch was 'Emily of New Moon'. The hatchet job perpetrated on that novel left me aghast, and with no confidence in the national broadcaster's ability to competently handle Leacock's work. Besides...only two stories out of the entire book? Hmph.