New PDF release: A Discovery of Strangers

By Rudy Wiebe

ISBN-10: 0307367142

ISBN-13: 9780307367143

A Discovery of Strangers tells of the assembly of 2 civilizations – the 1st come across of the nomadic Dene individuals with Europeans – in an ingenious reconstruction of John Franklin’s first map-making excursion in 1819—21 in what's now the Northwest Territories. on the center of the radical is a love tale among twenty-two-year-old midshipman Robert Hood, the Franklin expedition’s artist, and a fifteen-year-old Yellowknife lady identified to the British as Greenstockings. a countrywide bestseller, released additionally in Germany and China, Wiebe’s first novel in 11 years and his 12th paintings of fiction gained him his moment Governor General’s Award for Fiction on the age of sixty, over powerful festival from Margaret Atwood and Alice Munro.

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He will say to Bigfoot as he draws: “I think, if These English are to know anything, you will have to name it. Tell them this: here we are, on Tucho, and here our greatest river begins, Dehcho, below the great bay of Tucho we call Breasts Like a Woman, flowing west and then north. And here is the other river, which flows east and then north, the Ana-tessy. And here between them, look, is the River of Copperwoman. It flows only north, here. Do they see this? It leads north to the end of where we go, far beyond the last trees in the world.

He will say to Bigfoot as he draws: “I think, if These English are to know anything, you will have to name it. Tell them this: here we are, on Tucho, and here our greatest river begins, Dehcho, below the great bay of Tucho we call Breasts Like a Woman, flowing west and then north. And here is the other river, which flows east and then north, the Ana-tessy. And here between them, look, is the River of Copperwoman. It flows only north, here. Do they see this? It leads north to the end of where we go, far beyond the last trees in the world.

For how can one know how These English will behave, so safely far from whatever land they have left that they may do anything at all as long as another English isn’t looking; or what they carry in those strange clothes, doubled up perhaps or folded in pleats, and doubtless Greenstockings will be the first to find out, if she wants to. Boy English will keep pretending in his towering black officer’s hat, which makes him almost as tall as the others, will continue to stride between their lodges, point everywhere imperially, order voyageurs to chop down that tree, flatten that log for the ridgepole, set that upright into place, may pretend for ever to own the whole world when his boss, Thick English, is somewhere else; but these women will never again see him without laughter flickering naked behind their eyes.

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