Elle

Elle

A Novel

Book - 2007
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Winner, Governor General's Award for Fiction

Shortlisted, IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and Commonwealth Writers' Prize

A 16th-century belle turned Robinson Crusoe, a female Don Quixote with an Inuit Sancho Panza -- this is the heroine of the novel that won the 2003 Governor General's Award. Elle is a lusty, subversive riff on the discovery of the New World, the moment of first contact.

Based on what might be a true story, the novel chronicles the ordeals and adventures of a young French woman marooned on the desolate Isle of Demons during Jacques Cartier's ill-fated third and last attempt to colonize Canada.

In this new readers' guide edition, Douglas Glover's carnal whirlwind of myth and story, of beauty and hilarity brings the past violently and unexpectedly into the present. His well-known scatological realism, exuberant violence, and dark, unsettling humour give his unique version of history a thoroughly modern chill.

Publisher: Fredericton, N.B. :, Goose Lane,, [2007]
Edition: Reader's guide edition
Copyright Date: ©2007
ISBN: 9780864924926
Branch Call Number: F GLO
Characteristics: 226 pages ; 22 cm

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pohpoh
Jan 30, 2016

I totally agree with the reader Valpo below. I don't understand how this book could win the GG award. Joseph Boyden is a far more better author in describing the harshness of the land, the culture and life of the aboriginal people in Three Day Road and his writing is more superior, moving and gripping too.

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nsbookclub
Jul 22, 2012

Read January 2008

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VRMurphy
May 30, 2011

Well-written page-turner, won't be to everyone's taste. Don't know that "enjoy" is the correct word but I certainly appreciated the work the author put into it. I'm a sucker for mixing history and myth/legend/religion.

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carol554
Apr 29, 2011

An original voice!
The novel is amazing - a girl sent to La Nouvelle France as punishment for "wilfullness"

Pregnant and virtually alone she must find a way to survive.

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lovleen
Dec 08, 2010

A good read. Douglas keeps you engaged. As reader you want more n more.

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pianojen
Sep 29, 2010

Gripping - a surprisingly quick read, actually, but very dense. A different perspective on Canada, and its history. Loved the dog...

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valpro
Dec 07, 2009

This story depressed me. It reminded me of the magic realism of the Latin American authors, but was not done as successfully. Also, Elle is a man's depiction of a sensuous/sexual woman... rather bawdy and superficial...

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Jun 22, 2010

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