A NovelBook - 2014
Christophe, a charismatic Jesuit missionary, has found his calling amongst the Huron and devotes himself to learning and understanding their customs and language in order to lead them to Christ. An emissary from distant lands, he brings much more than his faith to the new world.
As these three souls dance each other through intricately woven acts of duplicity, small battles erupt into bigger wars and a nation emerges from worlds in flux.
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PoMoLibrary May 25, 2016
A must read
superglu2 Apr 18, 2016
Brilliant even if it is more than a little uncomfortable
PoMoLibrary Mar 19, 2015
To read after "The Inconvenient Indian" - last year's Canada Reads winner
PoMoLibrary Jun 28, 2014
I can't recommend this enough! Compelling story telling and three sympathetic central characters. A glimpse into Canadian history. Recommended by Danica.
PoMoLibrary Jun 05, 2014
Best book I've read this year. Shows complicated beginning of Canada's relationships. Recommended by Michelle.
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Other: One of the main characters also suffers from Stolkholm syndrome toward her abductor.
Sexual Content: One of the female characters encounters attempted rape, as well as rape and intercourse.
Violence: There are many scenes which depict violence in various forms. War, and torture being the most common.
Frightening or Intense Scenes: turture scenes
Violence: a lot of killing happening in the book - very graphic scenes of torture and killing
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This novel is told from the view point of three main characters. The story begins with Bird, a Wendat warbearer, killing the family of Snow Falls a haudenosaunee girl. He does this as retribution for the killing of his own family some time earlier. He abducts her and keeps her as a replacement daughter. He also aquires a missionary named Christophe who is one of the other viewpoints.
Eventually Snow Falls either suffering from Stokholm syndrome or PTSD finally accepts her new fate, and resigns her self to her new life. She eventually meets a boy and falls in love, starting her own family. Christophe is constantly trying to find more converts to the 'great voice' He is eventually joined by two other missionaries, Gabriel and Isaac, who suffers from infirmaty after being tortured by the Haudenosaunee.
Bird is a war bearer for the entire story, suffering with the loss of his original family. He is constantly trying to replace them with a new family. He does seem to love Snow Falls, despite how he made her his daughter.
The culmination of the book occurs when the Haundenosaunee become tired of being attacked by the Wendat and decide to destroy them and the Mission once and for all. Bird eventually finds the new family that he seeks.
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