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Roughing It in the Bush by Susanna Moodie
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Jul 03, 2010

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bookshelves: read-in-2000s, canlit, communication
Read in May, 2009 — I own a copy

Roughing It in the Bush is an account of the middle-class Moodies' first years in North America. Susanna and her husband John were woefully unprepared for life in the "bush," which made for lots of good material for Susanna to write about. Although it's supposed to be non-fiction, it seems pretty clear that the character "Susanna Moodie" is a lot ditzier than the writer Susanna Moodie was, i.e. that the stories were embellished to make them more funny and entertaining. While the writer Susanna Moodie was writing by candlelight and sending her stories and poems to magazines and newspapers (when she could afford stamps), the character "Susanna Moodie" was busy acting clueless and getting into scrapes to provide fresh material.

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