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Maria Chapdelaine

Louis Hémon

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Maria Chapdelaine is one of the most famous French Canadian novels. It is the love story of Maria Chapdelaine, daughter of a peasant family in the Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean region of Quebec. It is often seen as an allegory of the French Canadian people, describing simple joys and great tragedies, the bonds of family, the importance of faith, and the strength of body and spirit needed to endure the harshness of life in Canada’s northern wilderness.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Foins, quite alone, a tree that he was cutting for firewood slipped in falling, and it was the Indians who found him by chance next day, crushed and half-frozen though the weather was mild. He was in their game preserve, and they might very well have pretended not to see him and have left him to die there; but they put him on their toboggan, brought him to their camp, and looked after him. You knew my father: a rough man who often took a glass, but just in his dealings, and with a good name for doing that sort of thing himself. So when he parted with these Indians he told them to stop and see him in the spring when they would be coming down to Pointe Bleue with their furs-Francois Paradis of Mistassini,' said he to them, will not forget what you have done ... Francois Paradis.' And when they came in spring while running the river he looked after them well and every one carried away a new ax, a fine woollen blanket and tobacco for six months. Always after that they used t. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Las expectativas eran altas y por desgracia no las ha cumplido.

La ambientación y las descripciones de la naturaleza son muy buenas pero la trama de la historia en sí me ha parecido muy floja. Básicamente trata sobre la elección de marido por parte de la joven Maria.

So Beautifully written that it is a pleasure to read. Elegantly evocative of early settlement life in northern Quebec.

This book was very wonderfully written and filled with complicated characters that complimented each other. From the parents who came from different backgrounds (but love each other none the less) to Maria's struggle to pick between the many different men in her life, when only one of them has her h

‎دوستانِ گرانقدر، این رمان بنظرم به نوعی عشق و احتیاجات زندگی همچون زمین را مقابل یکدیگر قرار میدهد و البته میتواند اهدافِ دیگری را در دلِ خود داشته باشد
‎عزیزانم، داستان مربوط میشود به کوچِ مهاجرانِ فرانسوی به سرزمین کانادا.... خانواده ای به نامِ <شابدولن>

Maria Chapdelaine is the story of Maria, a girl living in rural Quebec in the early days of the twentieth century, and the hardships that come with living at this time in this place. It addresses themes prevalent in Canadian Literature; that of climate, isolation and hard work in overcoming both. In

This story is so removed from the reality of modern life that it is easy to understand why some readers might find it difficult to relate to. It is, however, a true depiction of a particular time and place (e.g.: Early 20th c. in Québec, in a remote area of French Canada.) My own grandparents and th

Oh. My. God. Was this book ever boring. Maria Chapdelaine is about a girl whose father spends his entire life slaving away to build farms in the Canadian wilderness. Once his farm is complete, however, he gets bored, moves away, and begins the process again, willfully casting himself into servitude

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