- Hardcover: 496 pages
- Publisher: Hamish Hamilton; Canadian First edition (Sept. 10 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0670064181
- ISBN-13: 978-0670064182
- Product Dimensions: 16 x 3.9 x 23.5 cm
- Shipping Weight: 721 g
- Average Customer Review: 219 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #55,728 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Every so often, a book can bring the past back to life so vividly that it ceases to be history and becomes a part of the living world. Joseph Boyden has done this with haunting beauty and visceral strength, repopulating a destroyed world with characters so real and striking it is hard to think of them as fictional. The Orenda is not only Boyden's finest work, it is one of the most powerful novels I've ever read." - Steven Galloway, The Cellist of Sarajevo
“Joseph Boyden has taken our memory of the past – myth and fact – ripped it inside out with elegance, violence, emotion and understanding until before us stands a new myth, a new memory, of how we became who we are.” - John Ralston Saul
“The Orenda is a powerful story from history, folklore and the imagination, based on the universality of human cruelty, superstition and perseverance. Wonderful writing.” - Linden MacIntyre, Giller Prize-winning author of The Bishop's Man
“An important and engrossing novel. Boyden invites the reader to re-imagine a Canadian story you thought you knew.” - Jim Balsillie, Co-Founder Blackberry
“I have spent almost forty years of my life studying both the archaeology of the Huron-Wendat and the annual accounts of the Crows and only now, having read Joseph Boyden's brilliant novel, do I feel the majesty and the horrors of the lives of these people. His work should be required reading for every Canadian” - Dr. Ronald F. Williamson, co-author of The Mantle Site: An Archaeological History of an Ancestral Wendat Community and Managing Partner of Archaeological Services Inc.
“Boyden’s bloody and brick-thick new novel, The Orenda, is a historical epic about an idealistic missionary caught between warring tribes, hundreds of years before confederation. . . Full of head-bludgeoning and throat-cutting scenes set in the wilds of what is now Ontario, the novel feels like a hybrid of Pierre Berton and Cormac McCarthy: perfect for readers who like a little arterial spray with their history.” - Toronto Life
“The Orenda illuminates the shadowy moment of our inception as a country. It forces us to bravely consider who we are. The Orenda is much more than a timely novel. It is a timeless one; born a classic.” - National Post
"A stunning, masterful work of staggering depth, possibly the first truly great Canadian novel of this century." - Vancouver Sun
"In what has already been a banner year for Canadian fiction, Joseph Boyden has just stepped decisively to the head of the class." - Montreal Gazette
"An epic worthy of Herodotus or Sima Qian…The Orenda declares it an equal to any ancient Greek or Chinese account of empires rising and falling. . . a great, heartbreaking novel, full of fierce action and superb characters and an unblinking humanity." - Globe and Mail
“Epic in scope, exquisite in execution . . . A fascinating glimpse of what it felt like to live at the sharp end of the spear of European conquest.” - Publisher’s Weekly
About the Author
Joseph Boyden 's first novel, Three Day Road , was selected for the Today Show Book Club, won the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, the CBA Libris Fiction Book of the Year Award, the Amazon.ca/ Books in Canada First Novel Award, and the McNally Robinson Aboriginal Book of the Year Award, and was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award for Fiction. His second novel, Through Black Spruce, was awarded the Scotiabank Giller Prize and named the Canadian Booksellers Association Fiction Book of the Year; it also earned him the CBA’s Author of the Year Award. His most recent novel, The Orenda, won Canada Reads and was nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Governor General’s Award for Fiction. Boyden divides his time between Northern Ontario and Louisiana.See all Product description
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Through these narrators, we are provided with uniquely different perspectives of life at the time. Bird’s concerns are with the survival of the tribe against the ravages of disease introduced by the French and attacks from the Iroquois. Snow Fall matures in a changing world, much like our own, caught between the demands of her aboriginal life and a curiosity for what the Jesuits bring. Christopher, Crow as he is known by Snow Fall and Bird, provides perspective on the ignorance of those who first came to this country intent on changing those whose lifestyles are more ideally adapter to their environment. Impending tragedy looms over the novel with such intensity that upon my first attempt, I quit about a third of the way into the novel. Fortunately, I returned to the narrative a few weeks later and was rewarded handsomely for the effort. "The Orenda" provides historical insight, adventure, romance, and heartache all between one set of covers.
If you have a weak stomach for violence and gore you may find some of this book hard to take. I was appalled at the viciousness of the torture and killing but this is the true history of that time and in order to understand today's world we need to know what happened in the past.
I traveled through this book with all emotions touched. Happy, sad, horrified, glad, it's all here. It's worth the wrenching.
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