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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
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