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The Journals of Susanna Moodie [Paperback]

Susanna Moodie
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March 1 1970 0195401697 978-0195401691 Canadian First
This cycle of poems is perhaps the most memorable evocation in modern Canadian literature of the myth of the wilderness, the immigrant experience, and the alienating and schizophrenic effects of the colonial mentality. Since it was first published in 1970 it has not only acquired the stature of a classic but, reprinted many times, become the best-known extended work in Canadian poetry.

Susanna Moodie (1805-85) emigrated from England in 1832 to Upper Canada, where she settled on a farmwith her husband. She wrote several books in Canada, notably Roughing It in the Bush, a famous account of pioneering that is still widely read. In poems about the arrival and the Moodies' seven years in the bush, which were followed by a more civilized ilfe in Belleville, and about Mrs Moodie in old age and then after death - in the present, when she observes the twentieth century destroying her past and its meaning - Margaret Atwood has created haunting meditations on an English gentlewoman'sconfrontation with the wilderness, and compelling variations on the themes of dislocation and alienation, nature and civilization.

The poems are supplemented by Margaret Atwood's collages and an 'Afterword' in which the poet says: 'We are all imigrants to this place even if we were born here...'

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The poetic/artistic exploration of what it means to find yourself thrown into a hostile environment, these poems by Margaret Atwood and silk-screen illustrations by Charles Pachter are based on the journals of Canadian pioneer Susanna Moodie. The setting allows Atwood to write cutting lines about the fundamental tensions in creating and defining a self. One such tension, the assertion of will on the world as well as on one's self, set against the spirit-crushing tribulations of loneliness and hopelessness, is especially electric. The Journals of Susanna Moodie is a beautiful and hypnotic book. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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"The poetry is moving, readable, engaging, and beautifully printed with Pachter's powerful, expressionistic, and highly original images.…A wonderful complement of poetry and visual art; Susanna Moodie's story is not lost in this burst of virtuosity."
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"A fascinating and captivating marriage of text and graphics.…Begun as a private collaboration that bears witness to a deep and lasting friendship, this handsome, reasonably priced facsimile edition is the perfect gift for the lover of literature."
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Is it my clothes, my way of walking, the things I carry in my hand -a book, a bag with knitting- the incongruous pink of my shawl this space cannot hear or is it my own lack of conviction which makes these vistas of desolation, long hills, the swamps, the barren sand, the glare of the sun on the bone-white driftlogs, omens of winter, the moon alien in daytime a thin refusal The others leap, shout Freedom! Read the first page
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful and informative poetry Jan. 13 2000
By Cara
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"The Journals of Susanna Moodie" poems are interesting and spare in style. I have not gone through the whole collection, but Margaret Atwood has written a thought-provoking account (through poems) of Susanna Moodie. Any serious or avid poem reader should consider this collection of related poems.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful and informative poetry Jan. 13 2000
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"The Journals of Susanna Moodie" poems are interesting and spare in style. I have not gone through the whole collection, but Margaret Atwood has written a thought-provoking account (through poems) of Susanna Moodie. Any serious or avid poem reader should consider this collection of related poems.
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