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Reluctant Voyagers

3.46 of 5 stars 3.46  ·  rating details  ·  37 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Witnessing strange and unexplainable changes in her once-familiar Montreal home, Catherine Rhymer fears for her sanity until the arrest of two students puts her on the trail of a secret revolutionary movement. Now Catherine must embark on a voyage of discovery, travelling north in search of the truth about her world. She will journey through hail and snow and herds of graz ...more
Paperback, 450 pages
Published by EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing, (first published 1994)
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This is alternate history science fiction, with an intriguing world. The pacing is rather slow, but the writing is very good.

A university professor in Montreal gets involved with radical revolutionary groups, as reality begins to shift around her, streets reshaping themselves. As usual, Vonarburg is a subtle, sophisticated writer; the strangeness of the world builds slowly and draws you in. The story is more straight-forward and engaging than "Dreams of the Sea," more like "Maerlande Chronicles
C'est une des premières histoires d'Élsabeth que jai lu et qui m'accrochée. J'ai lu la première édition, chez QUébec-Amérique, collection Sextant, alors ditigée par Jean Pettigrew qui fonda plus tard la maison Alire.

Ca commence avec un décor universitaire québécois typique, avec quelques étrangetés qui se multiplient... Ici, "le monde est un théatre" prend tout son sens...

Ce fut pour moi, une lecture très satisfaisante!

Isabellü Dubois
It's the first book I read from Vonarburg and at first, I didn't quite understand everything. I was 16 and it's a unique universe she brings us in so I had to adapt. I read it once than twice than later on in life, close to 25. And I like the way she leaves us imagine what she doesn't tell. She gives us just enough information and she trusts us to think by ourselves to figure it out.

Give it a try! =)
Apparemment, il y a dans ce livre un tas de références aux nouvelles de Mme Vonarburg, que je n'ai pas lues. C'est peut-être pour ça que le livre m'a semblé très complexe (je veux dire, plus que ses autres livres) et très lent à démarrer. J'ai aimé les 200 dernières pages mais ça m'a pris plusieurs semaines pour passer au travers.
See My journal entry, on how this book frustratingly undid the promise of its best parts.
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Élisabeth Vonarburg est une des figures les plus marquantes de la science-fiction québécoise. Elle est reconnue tant dans la francophonie que dans l'ensemble du monde anglo-saxon et la parution de ses ouvrages est toujours considérée comme un événement.
Outre l'écriture de fiction, Élisabeth Vonarburg pratique la traduction (la Tapisserie de Fionavar, de Guy Gavriel Kay), s'adonne à la critique (no
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