Cantique des plaines

Cantique des plaines Quatre g n rations d une famille d immigrants les Sterling ont pris souche dans les plaines de l Alberta Canada entre la fin du si cle pass et les ann es soixante de celui ci L un d entre eux Pad

  • Title: Cantique des plaines
  • Author: Nancy Huston
  • ISBN: 9782290345665
  • Page: 154
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Quatre g n rations d une famille d immigrants, les Sterling, ont pris souche dans les plaines de l Alberta Canada , entre la fin du si cle pass et les ann es soixante de celui ci L un d entre eux, Paddon, a tout connu de leur existence Mais quand commence ce roman, Paddon vient de mourir Et c est ce grand p re ador , fils de pionniers en terre indienne, que la narraQuatre g n rations d une famille d immigrants, les Sterling, ont pris souche dans les plaines de l Alberta Canada , entre la fin du si cle pass et les ann es soixante de celui ci L un d entre eux, Paddon, a tout connu de leur existence Mais quand commence ce roman, Paddon vient de mourir Et c est ce grand p re ador , fils de pionniers en terre indienne, que la narratrice, Paula, adresse un ample r cit en forme d adieu L enfance de Paddon, ses d m l s avec son p re, son mariage avec la vertueuse Karen, ses d convenues de chef de famille, ses d boires d enseignant, son chim rique projet d crire un trait philosophique du temps, sa rencontre avec l Indienne Miranda, amante prodigue qui le bouleverse en lui r v lant enfin l envers de la civilisation blanche et la vraie beaut du monde tout ce qu a v cu cet homme si magnifiquement, si exemplairement ordinaire est ici voqu avec un lyrisme sans pareil.

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    1. Paula’s grandfather has just died. As she goes through some of his journals/writings, she tries to piece together his life. I think the story was fine, but I didn’t like the way it was written. No chapters, no dialogue. I don’t think this part really bothered me, but, as an fyi, it was written like Paula was talking to her grandfather in what she wrote, using “you”. It also jumps around in time, constantly back and forth, which is something that normally doesn’t bother me, but there [...]

    2. The story of an Albertan teacher who was born in 1900 as told by his granddaughter after his funeral. It is interesting in the way it goes back and forth in time. I like stories of everyday people. However, two things bothered me: One, the granddaughter seems to dislike her grandfather and I’m not sure why. He wasn’t a great husband but no worse than many, especially in that time. Two: and it was quite a downer book. Sometimes that’s okay and sometimes not. But, her writing is beautiful, n [...]

    3. How I Came To Read This Book: Prairie component of my can lit course.The Plot: Paula has made a promise to complete her intellectual grandfather Paddon’s book on the concept of time – but instead she finds herself constructing a biography of his life filled with half-truths, facts, and imaginings. She charts his journey from his parents – a noblewoman and a ranchhand respectively – and how Paddon was sitting in an ivory tower from a very young age, one that resisted a full collapse despi [...]

    4. Ce roman est basé sur quelques premises qui sont raisonnables à première vue:-1- les hommes sont égoisites-2- les hommes sont salauds avec leurs femmes-3- les hommes sont salauds avec leurs maitresses-4- les premières nations (ou si vous voulez les peuples autochtones) ont été les objets de maintes injustices au Canada et particulièrement en AlbertaMais il faut bien coller ensemble toutes ces données qui ne sont pas nécessairement fausses et ici Mme. Huston rate royalement son coup.C'e [...]

    5. This story runs through four generations of the Sterling family, told by narrator Paula, as a reimagining of her grandfather Paddon's life. Apart from all my appreciation for the structure of the novel, it tells an absorbing story of a family, of the problems handed down one to another. These include adultery, physical abuse, emotional coldness, and the inability to achieve worldly success. Even so, there are moments of happiness and peace in life. I admired how Huston was able to take the life [...]

    6. The narrating in the book seems odd to me. A granddaughter reviewing or reflecting on grandfather’s journal after his death. The book is mainly telling his life to him along with her own reflections. For instance I read a lot of "remember grandpa your were child and your dad did so and so to you.d you felt so and so . I couldn't stop protesting on those moments that how do you know how he felt at the time. Narrating aside, the book was a good read for me, taking me to the journey of first immi [...]

    7. C'est le troisième livre que je lis de cette auteure, et je continue à apprécier ses talents.Cette fois-ci, ça m'a pris un peu de temps pour comprendre de quoi il s'agissait vraiment. À première vue, on dirait le simple récit de quatre générations d'Albertains. C'est l'histoire de Paddon, décédé au début du livre, racontée par sa petite-fille Paula. L'auteure y tisse de l'intrigue, des secrets, des choses à cacher, comme chaque famille en a.Plus tard, on lit certains extraits de l [...]

    8. The premise of this book is compelling: a young woman tries to trace her recently deceased grandfather's life. He's not a likeable man though, our Paddon; he's prone to anger and beating his kids up. He refuses to accept responsibility for his failures, or to enjoy what life offers. UNTIL he meets the woman he is destined to love. It sounds like a Harlequin when I write it like this, but truth be told, that bit, the love story, is well done. His mistress is First Nations and the stories that she [...]

    9. A good look at a family saga following five generations. Also, an interesting view of early 20th century life in Western Canada. Still, there was something missing in this story for me. The fact that I didn't feel the frustration of Paddon as it was supposed to feel is probably the big drawback for me. He did not come through as a character that deserved the homage of a granddaughter, not because he was unlikable, but rather because he was slightly incomplete.

    10. When Paula inherits the fragments of her grandfather Padden’s journal, she embarks on an imaginative and obsessive journey to recreate the troubled history of her ancestors.From the hardships of the early frontier, through the Great War and Depression, and into the boom times of the 50s, the novel captures the story of four generations of a family and a prairie town shaped by the forces of change.A multigenerational story of prairie life.

    11. I loved this book. It was so original and evocative. I like good dialogue so when I flicked through it, I thought it would be boring but it wasn't. It was an astonishing tour de force. What a talent Nancy Huston is, to be able to write in two languages. Amazing.

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