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Bride of New France: A Novel Hardcover – August 6, 2012
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Transforming dry facts into a fictional story; creating characters that walk off the page from numbers and records is the aspect of the novel that intrigues me most about the form. And I suggest Desrochers does a fine job of creating an imaginary world and setting her characters in it. Furthermore, her writing is solid. She spins a good yarn; her use of language is fresh and beautiful without being overdone. To the author's credit, the novel reads easily without succumbing to the category of an easy read.
A brief but dramatic prologue introduces our protagonist, Laure Beauséjour, in crisis, and succinctly sets the social landscape of seventeenth-century Paris. The story then picks up a few years later. Laure is now at the Salpêtrière, a pivotal institution in the mass incarceration of the poor of Paris. Here we see Laure interact with peers and witness her reaction to the consequences of their dire circumstances.
There's a magical moment during the reading of a book when you bond with the protagonist. In Laure's case, I confess I struggled. We needn't, however, like a character for the writing to work. Desrochers seems to be aware of this when she comments in her historical notes, "On some levels she is a selfish character, but how else in such circumstances, if not through wit and strength and even malice, could these women have survived and given birth to French North America?Read more ›
I do not need explicit-ness, actually do not prefer it, but please write something about her husbands treatment of her sexually, it is barely touched upon and it is highly important, perhaps the most important issue of her life because she finally starts acting on her own impulses instead of waiting for someone else to tell her what to do.
When I finished I felt sad that the possibility of this book was not achieved. But I did start thinking about those women, the real ones who got shipped out. Survival of the fittest and how many died before they even lived.
The premise of BRIDE OF NEW FRANCE is alluring in the fact that you almost have an idea of what it's about. I suppose I was expecting something along the lines of the 1961 Film THE TRAP with Oliver Reed and Rita Tushingham which includes the same premise but with a lot of cinematography and unrequited romance.
The narrator of BRIDE is so sad droll (and maybe this was her purpose) that you cannot really relate to the heroine (and I use that term loosely) Laure as she tries to make a life in the new land.
The beauty of this book seem to be that it lulls you into a false sense of something dramatic is going to happen, yet it never does.
I don't like giving "bad" reviews, and there are some people who may Like this book, but I did not love it. sorry.
I found this story to be a very interesting look into history. You always hear about the people who came to Canada to find a new life, but they always come by choice. This is a rare look into the life of a woman pioneer who did not choose to make the journey, but was forced into it.
The mood of the book was very somber. Laure is not a happy woman. Her whole like seem melancholy, and I was left feeling unhappy after reading.
I felt there was a lot of emphasis on Laure's life in Paris before the journey, and not as much told about her life in Canada as I expected. It was still a good chance to view a bit of history from a different viewpoint.
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SPOILER ALERT After an entirely too long introduction to life in the Salpetriere poor house in Paris, the scenes in Canada seem like an after thought. Read morePublished 6 months ago by A. DeKorte
This is a very dark novel, and not what I first expected. It is comparable to, but not at all like, Willa Cather's 'Shadows on the Rock. Read morePublished 6 months ago by John Proesch
I have a number of ancestors who were King's Daughters too and wish to know more about what they experienced.Published 7 months ago by Kris
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Enjoy is a strong word. But if I'm to follow the format of my other book reviews, I guess I better stick to it. Read more
If you like historical fiction, this one's for you! I ABSOLUTELY LOVED this book!!!!! It has stayed with me since I have read it many many books ago.Published 15 months ago by MAW
This historical fiction account of the life that one of the King's Daughters may have lived, will be of interest to those eager for details about this group of women from... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Joan
Sorry I wasted my time on this. The history might be accurate, but the story line is stretched beyond believability and characters are shallow. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Dorothea
A terrific book about a subject in a place and time I've never read about before--it got my imagination going. I bought this copy for my daughter.Published 23 months ago by Johanna D