Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Greer on The Orenda

Allan Greer has read and thought about Joseph Boyden's Jesuits-and-Hurons novel The Orenda. He shares his thoughts here.

You can test nonfiction against evidence, but the test of a novel is different: if it makes a world that feels true, it works.  Since Boyden's fictional project is to reconstruct several 17th century consciousnesses, I'm glad to see Allan Greer mostly engages on that level. Do Bird and Snow Falls and Christopher think like them, he asks, or mostly like us?  See here.

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