In the late seventeenth century two illiterate woodsmen, Rene Sel and Charles Duquet, make their way from Northern France to New France to seek a living. Bound to a feudal lord, a “seigneur,” for three years in exchange for land, they suffer extraordinary hardship, always in awe of the forest they are charged with clearing, sometimes brimming with dreams of its commercial potential. Rene marries an Indian healer, and they have children, mixing the blood of two cultures. (from the publisher's announcement)Actually, judging by an excerpt published in the New Yorker a few years ago, a fair amount of the novel will be set in New England, home of her Proulx family. And I'm not a historian of New England either. Maybe it will turn out all right.
Wednesday, January 06, 2016
Facing up to Proulx's New France
Posted by Christopher Moore