By Rudy Wiebe
A Discovery of Strangers tells of the assembly of 2 civilizations – the 1st come across of the nomadic Dene individuals with Europeans – in an imaginitive reconstruction of John Franklin’s first map-making excursion in 1819—21 in what's now the Northwest Territories. on the center of the radical is a love tale among twenty-two-year-old midshipman Robert Hood, the Franklin expedition’s artist, and a fifteen-year-old Yellowknife lady identified to the British as Greenstockings. a countrywide bestseller, released additionally in Germany and China, Wiebe’s first novel in 11 years and his 12th paintings of fiction received him his moment Governor General’s Award for Fiction on the age of sixty, over powerful festival from Margaret Atwood and Alice Munro.
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But Birdseye will not laugh. “Whites have so many things. ” “Yes,” Greenstockings says, suddenly bitter. “So many, heavy things they already need twenty gigantic paddle-slaves to carry them, and more things we women and children will have to carry for them too. And what will it help us, all this extra carrying and all the animals our great hunters kill, so busy far away? Whatever meat they get, someone has to carry it here and cook it so These English and their slaves can eat first. …” But her voice is falling away, and Greenstockings bursts out, “Things piled up!
Gradually at first, then more steadily, like driftwood discovering a momentary current, hesitating into daily eddies of moss or crusted erratics but leaning more certainly down into motion along this contorted river, or this lakeshore; easily avoiding the noisy, devastated esker between Roundrock and Winter lakes and their connecting tributary streams. Seeking steadily north. From every direction more and more of them will drift together, thousands and tens of thousands drawn together by the lengthening light into the worn paths of their necessary journey, an immense dark river of life flowing north to the ocean, to the calving grounds where they know themselves to have been born.
But her voice is falling away, and Greenstockings bursts out, “Things piled up! Is that what our men think should happen? ” Birdseye does not raise her head from the leather that is twisting smoky water from her powerful hands. She says, “There are now twenty-five men here whom we have never seen before. ” Greenstockings insists. …” Birdseye hesitates. ” Greenstockings looks at her mother, her scraper motionless. …” But Birdseye refuses to look up. ” Greenstockings can only whisper her rage to her mother, at what she realizes she has known since she first saw Thick English step ashore as if the world were rubbing its face into the sand under his feet — known but has tried to avoid thinking.
A Discovery of Strangers by Rudy Wiebe