By Rudy Wiebe
A Discovery of Strangers tells of the assembly of 2 civilizations – the 1st stumble upon of the nomadic Dene individuals with Europeans – in an inventive reconstruction of John Franklin’s first map-making excursion in 1819—21 in what's now the Northwest Territories. on the middle 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 woman 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 robust pageant from Margaret Atwood and Alice Munro.
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All rights reserved under International and Pan American Copyright Conventions. Published in Canada in 1995 by Vintage Books, a division of Random House of Canada Limited, Toronto. First published in Canada by Alfred A. Knopf Canada in 1994. Distributed by Random House of Canada Limited, Toronto. Canadian Cataloguing in Publication Data Wiebe, Rudy, 1934– A discovery of strangers eISBN: 978-0-307-36714-3 1. Indians of North America - First contact with Europeans - Fiction. 2. Franklin, John, Sir, 1786 - 1847 - Fiction.
Unable then to ask her mother what she sees. But her father is afraid of nothing. Keskarrah has told her out loud, grinning and rubbing his finger across his teeth, that even though he is so old only worn stumps stick out of his gums, he has never yet seen the Supreme One everyone believes is everywhere around them. “It is strange,” he has said to her sometimes, staring up at the stars, or at sundogs, “that living so long, I still cannot meet anyone who understands this as clearly as I. I have met all the animals, I think, and I know many stories from so long ago, when animals talked like People.
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A Discovery of Strangers by Rudy Wiebe