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Black Robe Paperback – Sep 20 2011
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A Belfast native who immigrated to Canada in the 1940s and then retained Canadian citizenship as he continued his travels, Brian Moore was a master of both the domestic drama, like his early Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne, and the political thriller, as in his marvellously economical novels like Lies of Silence. In between, he wrote his most striking book, Black Robe, an account of the 17th-century encounter between the Huron and Iroquois the French called "Les Sauvages" and the French Jesuit missionaries the native people called "Blackrobes." No other book has so well captured both the intense--and disastrous--strangeness of each culture to one another, and their equal strangeness to our own much later understanding. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"Moore is at the height of his considerable powers as a narrator."
— Colm Tóibín
"A rousing, terrifying, breathtakingly paced adventure."
"A remarkable tour de force....Compulsive reading."
— Sunday Telegraph
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It is set in the early seventeenth century. The zealous Jesuit missionary Father Laforgue must make a perilous journey up the Ottawa River to a remote outpost in order to to relieve an ailing priest of his duties there. After receiving permission from the Commandant, who is none other than Samuel Champlain, Laforgue sets off for Ihonatiria with his young apprentice Daniel Davost, and a convoy of canoes piloted by the native Algonkin guides. The trip proves to be even more perilous than was anticipated and Moore's tale becomes an experiment in bringing the character of the committed priest Laforgue to the limits of his beliefs and his ability to endure. And it pains him to watch Daniel's own spiritual disintegration.
This tale is superb in how it shows the clash of these two almost infinitely different cultures...Read more ›
For those who aren't familiar with the plot, Father Laforgue - a Jesuit misssionary - is sent by his house on a journey from Quebec up the St. Lawrence to the Huron territory in the early 17th century. He is to replace another priest at the misson there who may have been killed. He travels by canoe with a group of Algonquin who have been charged with his protection by Samuel Champlain. Along the journey, he is abandoned by most of the Algonquin, and he and his remaining companions are captured by the Iroquois. After escaping, he finally reaches his destination.
I came to the novel via the film, and, despite the brutality protrayed in it, the director left out the most graphic scenes. Rather than simply killing Chomina's 10-year-old son, the Iroquois cook and eat the child in front of his father and sister. Father Laforgue masturbates when he stumbles on Daniel and Anuka mating in the forest. Anuka performs oral sex upon another Frenchman - who has gone native - in front of Daniel. The translation of the Amerinds' speech is as filled with scatological terms as that of a contemporary teenager (which makes them sound perversely modern). The Algonquin allow their children to have sex with each other and with the Frenchmen.
Obviously, Laforgue finds all of this more than shocking and has trouble maintaining his faith in face of such insults to his beliefs.Read more ›
Historically though, this story is very true in nature; the European settlers were in fact brutal, selfish, and bigoted.
One interesting note: Brian Moore the author is credited for both the book and the film's screenplay, yet the book is loaded with profanity while the film is nearly void of any such language.
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This novel shows the "natives" of Quebec not merely as the victims of more powerful colonial powers but also weak because in their trading with the French, they... Read morePublished on March 3 2002 by Arthur C. Hurwitz
The late Brian Moore delivers an historically grounded novel that vividly and disburbingly explores how two distinct cultural worlds can view each other as strange, dangerous, and... Read morePublished on Feb. 28 2001
When Brian Moore died on January 11th of this year (1999), we lost one of our best serious novelists. Read morePublished on Oct. 11 2000 by Orrin C. Judd
If you want to be known for writing a great novel in the historical fiction genre, you must do three things. First you must be able to tell a good story. Read morePublished on Sept. 1 2000 by Paul McGrath
Brian Moore's fine novel, Black Robe, serves as a startling case study of conflicting world and life views between Huron, Iriquois, and Algonkin "Savages" and the... Read morePublished on April 4 2000
A deep, disturbing, thoughtful novel of New France, the very early years of what we now call Canada. Read morePublished on March 30 2000 by Ben Kilpela
I was originally assigned the book as a project for school, and decided I would just watch the movie, but I was captivated by the story and just had to read the novel. Read morePublished on March 24 2000 by Leah