LibriVox recording of Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town, by Stephen Leacock.
Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town is a sequence of stories by Stephen Leacock, first published in 1912. It is generally considered to be one of the most enduring classics of Canadian humorous literature. The fictional setting for these stories is Mariposa, a small town on the shore of Lake Wissanotti. Although drawn from his experiences in Orillia, Ontario, Leacock writes in the introduction:
"Mariposa is not a real town. On the contrary, it is about seventy or eighty of them. You may find them all the way from Lake Superior to the sea, with the same square streets and the same maple trees and the same churches and hotels."
This work has remained popular for its universal appeal. Many of the characters, though modelled on townspeople of Orillia, are small town archetypes. Their shortcomings and weaknesses are presented in a humorous but affectionate way. (Summary from Wikipedia)
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February 13, 2015 Subject:
Lake Wobegon before Lake Wobegon
Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town, is a series of stories about a fake town in Canada called Mariposa. It seems like an ancestor of Lake Wobegon, which I’ve read to death and love., so I was pleased to read the book. Leacock is not as melancholy as Garrison Keillor, but if you enjoy one, I’d recommend the other to you.