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Pélagie-la-Charrette

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Chassée par les Anglais en 1755, une veuve, devenue esclave en Géorgie, décide de revenir en Acadie avec ses enfants. Rejointe par d'autres exilés, son odyssée de toutes les amours, de tous les dangers, durera dix ans. De Charleston à Baltimore, en passant par les marais de Salem, Pélagie et son peuple croiseront les Iroquois, connaîtront la guerre d'Indépendance américain ...more
Paperback, 328 pages
Published September 20th 2005 by Bibliothèque québécoise (first published 1979)
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Joyce
Sep 09, 2012 Joyce rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm really disappointed. I purchased the novel in Nova Scotia this summer when we were in Grand Pre, and because it had won the Prix de Goncourt, I didn't even question whether to buy it for the library. For one, it's great to have some stories about Acadian history & culture, and last year the Writer's Craft kids had to review a novel in translation. However, the translation, now there's the problem. It's SO bad. It's a fight to get through the book, the language is oblique & dense, and ...more
Sophie
Jul 14, 2015 Sophie rated it really liked it
Même si on ne comprend pas toujours toutes les expressions acadiennes d'antan, Antonine Maillet a une superbe plume. Poésie et humour s'entremêlent et arrivent toujours à nous faire sourire. Pélagie est une véritable héroïne et une femme inspirante. Si le parcours est intéressant, j'ai fini par m'en lasser au trois quart du livre. Certaines péripéties ne semblent rien ajouter à l'histoire et au développement des personnages. J'ai eu l'impression que le parcours vers l'Acadie ne faisait que s'éte ...more
Paula
Quite a romp, while at the same time, a poignant story of Grand Return. After 15 years in exile in Georgia, the widow Pélagie-la-Charrette leads a group of Acadians, French-speaking inhabitants of the Canadian Maritime Provinces who were deported from their homes in 1755 by the British during the Grand Derangement and scattered throughout the eastern and southern American colonies, on a 10-year journey northward to regain their homeland. She starts out with her four children, the lame and wooden ...more
Kereesa
Oct 10, 2011 Kereesa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone, because this is a book that should be read by those who are and those who aren't Acadian.
It has been 15 years since the Deportation of 1755. Pelagie, a widowed, aging woman buys herself a cart and some oxen, and with a small band of friends and family, leaves Southern British American and heads for the only true home: Acadie. Along her decade-long excursion she will find fellow travelers, long lost Acadians, a slave, and maybe even true love. Life, death, and love, all things find themselves on the cart and in the heart of Pelagie's people.

If you have no idea what the year 1755 mean
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Mmaude
Feb 28, 2011 Mmaude rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cette auteure a le don de parler une langue qui me va droit au coeur, qui doit appartenir quelque part à ces racines terriennes qui s'exprimaient avec le même parler chez mes aïeux cultivateurs.
C'est un voyage épique qu'elle entreprit cette Pélagie, avec pour seules armes sa détermination inébranlable et un ennui du pays aussi profond que le golfe lui-même, pour passer dix ans sur des chemins de terre battue traversant l'Amérique du Nord en entier, de la Géorgie où elle avait été déportée suite
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Vicki
Pelagie follows Pelagie, an Acadian widow determined to return her people home to Acadie. 15 years after the deportation of Acadians from Grande Pre, Pelagie leaves Georgia with her cart, four children, Celina, and Belonie. Along the way they pick up more and more Acadians, and lose some as well. They're also followed by the mysterious ship Grande Goule and it's more mysterious captain Beausoliel.

Pelagie is quite an interesting read. While confusing at first in the style it's written, once the r
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Mary Burns
Aug 09, 2013 Mary Burns rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
People who say Canadian history is boring should read this book. It's an epic about the return of the thousands of French who were expelled from their homes in what are now the Maritime provinces of Canada when the British took control. The Acadians. I not only learned a lot about that period of history, but got a visceral sense of the exiles' pain of separation. Pelagie herself is a wonder woman of a heroine, as strong as any Paul Bunyan. I love it that Maillet made it a woman who brought her p ...more
Katherine
Jun 22, 2007 Katherine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: canadian
Part tragic history, part ribald love story, part fantastic realism. A feminist French-Canadienne version of Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Translated from the original French.
Leah
Nov 11, 2010 Leah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A long account of a group's journey back to French Canada. Many interesting cultural and historical information. Not a quick read if you read it in French.
Leah
Feb 25, 2013 Leah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed learning more about Acadian culture and language through this book! (I read it in the original Acadian French.)
Lynn Plourde
Casey's university reading last year... after checking the storyline on Google, I could then follow the story. Different...
Elisabeth
Sep 22, 2012 Elisabeth rated it really liked it
Hymne à l'Acadie, œuvre magistrale (prix Goncourt). La respiration d'un peuple, le souffle d'une Histoire.
4.8/5
Sylvie
Oct 06, 2013 Sylvie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Antonine Maillet certainly has avenged our ancestors.
Kelsey
Nov 17, 2013 Kelsey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: uni-novels
Not fond of the translation.
Ginger Hallett
Very Acadian!
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Antonine Maillet est une romancière et dramaturge canadienne.
Après son baccalauréat, elle entre à la Congrégation Notre-Dame du Sacré-Cœur, et elle commence à enseigner. En 1960 elle quitte la congrégation pour reprendre les études. Elle obtient une licence en lettres à l'Université de Montréal en 1961. Un peu plus tard elle obtient une bourse pour aller étudier à Paris. Elle retourne à l'enseigne
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