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Thirty Acres

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One of the most important books to come out of Quebec, Thirty Acres traces the course of one man’s life as he enters into the age-old rhythms of the land and of the seasons. At the same time, it is a novel on a grand social scale, spanning and documenting the tumultuous half-century in which a new, industrial urban society crowded out Quebec’s traditional rural one.

Paperback, 312 pages
Published January 1st 1989 by New Canadian Library (first published January 1st 1938)
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Sep 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading this novel on Nook. It is a story of change...from an agrarian society to an industrial society. Changes that occur even at the farm level. Ringuet has it right. Change occurs whether one wants it to or not. It is a tragic novel which catches you even when you think the story line gets schmalzy...It's a good read...You can juxtapose and correlate events happening today and find it shattering. I recommend it to anyone. Please read it. It's a story of ...more
This novel is about a man who grows up in a pre-industrial world and is slowly destroyed by modernity. Similar theme as that found in the stories of Alistair MacLeod. Moisan is also a stand-in for traditional, old Quebec itself, pushed from a rural, Catholic, French, conservative bubble into a mechanized, bilingual (or even anglicized), urban age where the Church has lost its magic (though, perhaps, not yet its power). There's also lots of alienation going on between Charis Moisan and his childr ...more
Apr 24, 2011 rated it it was ok
Long winded, slow, and essentially, a farmer's tale. Only read this if you are researching Quebec and its history, writing a masters thesis on rural quebec, or have any desire to learn about Quebec. This is not a casual read, so be warned. It is a decent story, the story of a man, his thirty acres, his life, his love for the land, and his love for his children. It is a depiction on Rural Quebec, and the changes it goes through throughout the length of the novel. All be warned, this is not for th ...more
Michael Hingston
"The narration then clumsily over-explains itself to the point of making the reader actually wince with embarrassment: 'It wasn’t that he was inhospitable; but, after all, the house was pretty small and two country appetites added to their own numerous family!' There may be some backwards bumpkin charm to writing like this — oh, that exclamation point, it hurts — but you’d never call it seduction."

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Philippe Panneton (pseudonym Ringuet, which was his mother's maiden name) was a Canadian physician, academic, diplomat and writer.

His novel Thirty Acres won the Governor General's Award for Fiction in 1940.

In 1959 he was awarded the Lorne Pierce Medal.

He received a degree in medicine from Université Laval in 1920. In 1935 he became a professor at the Université de Montréal. In 1944 he was a foundi
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