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Pelagie: The Return to Acadie

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In 1979, the legendary Acadian novelist Antonine Maillet won France's most coveted literary award, the Prix Goncourt, for the original version of this novel, Pélagie-la-Charette. In her acceptance speech, she said, "I have avenged my ancestors."

Goose Lane Editions is proud to re-issue this classic of Acadian literature to mark the 400th anniversary of the founding of Acadi
Paperback, 259 pages
Published March 8th 2004 by Goose Lane Editions (first published 1979)
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Feb 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: relecture, acadie, 2017
(Entendons-nous : ce livre n’offre pas un traitement sensible des Première Nations. Ni des Afro-Américains, maintenant que j’y pense. & ça me chicote, parce que j’arrive pas à déterminer si c’est juste un choix qu’a fait l’auteure – que la voix narrative soit collée aux préjugés de l’époque, qu’elle en reproduise le langage & les ignorances, par souci d’authenticité – ou si c’est un biais inconscient, un déversement sur la page d’attitudes bien courantes au moment de la publication de ce ...more
Sep 09, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
May 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Stephen Ring
Nov 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Read for my Maritime Fiction course, so in a way it was required reading. Interesting insights to the history of Acadian people and their struggles to return. Totally fictionalized account; very few Acadian travelled or attempted to travel by land for the return, most took ships
Aug 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 28, 2011 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
Czarny Pies
Dec 16, 2016 rated it it was ok
I applaud the Academy Goncourt for having awarded the Prix Goncourt to Antonine Maillet given the quality of her entire literary corpus. Unfortunately, Pélagie-de-la-charette is not one of Maillet's better works. She is superb at describing the conversations and mannerisms of the people that she lived with but is a fish out of water in a historical epic.

However, cloying and hackneyed, La Sagouine may be it is also brilliantly authentic. Pélagine is entirely artificial. Fortunately, throughout m
Mary Burns
Aug 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Antonine Maillet certainly has avenged our ancestors.
Nov 11, 2010 rated it liked it
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.
Lynn Plourde
Feb 01, 2012 rated it it was ok
Casey's university reading last year... after checking the storyline on Google, I could then follow the story. Different...
Ginger Hallett
Dec 11, 2013 rated it liked it
Very Acadian!
Jun 22, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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.
Sep 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hymne à l'Acadie, œuvre magistrale (prix Goncourt). La respiration d'un peuple, le souffle d'une Histoire.
Sep 29, 2012 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.)
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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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