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Roughing It in the Bush [Hardcover]

Susanna Moodie
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July 28 2006 0670065056 978-0670065059 1

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY CHARLOTTE GRAY

Roughing It in the Bush, first published in 1852, helped to destroy British illusions about life in Upper Canada. Susanna Moodie described a life of backbreaking labour, poverty, and hardship on a pioneer farm in the colonial wilderness. Her sharp observations, satirical character sketches, and moments of despair and terror were a startling contrast to the widely circulated optimistic accounts of life in British North America, written to entice readers across the Atlantic.

The spontaneity, wit, and candour of Moodie’s account of life on a backwoods farm give Roughing It in the Bush enduring appeal.


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'"Roughing It in the Bush" is an extraordinarily detailed record of pioneer life. It is also a journey of exploration and revelation into Moodie's own character, as we watch her grow from ill-prepared immigrant to spirited survivor.' -- Charlotte Gray

About the Author

Susanna Moodie was born in Suffolk, England, in 1803. In 1831, she married John Moodie, a retired officer who had served in the Napoleonic Wars. In 1832, the Moodies and their infant daughter emigrated to Canada. Susanna's older sister Catharine Parr Traill and her husband, Thomas Traill, arrived in Canada the same year. Moodie had been published widely before she left Britain, and she continued writing poetry and magazine articles after her arrival in the colony. Her letters and journals contain valuable information about colonial life in these early years of Canada. She is the author of a number of books, including Life in the Clearings; Mark Hurdlestone, the Gold Worshipper; and Matrimonial Speculations, but is best known for Roughing It in the Bush; or, Life in Canada. Moodie died in 1885 in Toronto, Ontario, at the home of her daughter.

Charlotte Gray is an award-winning journalist based in Ottawa. She is a contributing editor to Saturday Night magazine and a regular contributor to Chatelaine, Financial Post magazine and Report on Business magazine among others. Her book Mrs. King: The Life and Times of Isabel Mackenzie King was nominated for a 1998 Governor General’s Award and won the Edna Staebler award for creative non-fiction. Sisters in the Wilderness won the Floyd S. Chalmers Award in Ontario History and the Canadian Booksellers Association Libris Award in the non-fiction category.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Roughing it in the Bush March 30 2012
By Carol
a wonderful book, as I knew it would be; but I had to read it at the right time and that is now as we revisit the War of 1812; Roughing it in the Bush is only forty years after the war; what I did not realize until I read the book is that when most of these people left the British Isles they knew that they would never return and that their relatives would never come to North America (one man is able to wander the world but he is the exception)
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