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Wacousta, Or, the Prophecy: a Tale of the Canadas By John Richardson James Reaney,

  • Title: Wacousta, Or, the Prophecy: a Tale of the Canadas
  • Author: John Richardson James Reaney
  • ISBN: 9780771098772
  • Page: 209
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Set in the 1760s at the time of Pontiac s Indian alliance against the British, Wacousta combines elements of revenge tragedy and gothic romance in reconstructing a violent episode in Canadian frontier history In Major John Richardson s vivid depiction, Pontiac s campaign against Fort Detroit is masterminded by the mysterious Wacousta, a Byronic anti hero whose thirst forSet in the 1760s at the time of Pontiac s Indian alliance against the British, Wacousta combines elements of revenge tragedy and gothic romance in reconstructing a violent episode in Canadian frontier history In Major John Richardson s vivid depiction, Pontiac s campaign against Fort Detroit is masterminded by the mysterious Wacousta, a Byronic anti hero whose thirst for vengeance against the fortress commander borders on madness Turning upon binary oppositions garrison against wilderness, restraint against passion, mercy against justice this suspenseful novel creates a world of deception and terror in which motive is ambiguous and the boundary between order and anarchy unclear.
    Wacousta Or the Prophecy a Tale of the Canadas Set in the s at the time of Pontiac s Indian alliance against the British Wacousta combines elements of revenge tragedy and gothic romance in reconstructing a violent episode in Canadian frontier

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    1. Generally considered to be the first Canadian novel, this was required reading for my Early Canadian Lit class There s not many people who have heard of this book Far less have read it, and even less than that are those who actually got through the whole thing I am proud to say that I really can t remember if I finished it or not, so dull was the writing And it s not the language or era in which is was written that s to blame, either Robinson Crusoe was written in 1719, well over a century befor [...]

    2. 3.8 5 stars A really great and suspenseful novel I was so surprised at how much I enjoyed reading it Writing is really dense and tedious but that s pretty common of 17th century literature Wacousta is considered the first novel written by a Canadian born writer so I think every Canadian should definitely give it a try Slow beginning but it gets good later on And no I did not read this for fun It s for school hehe

    3. Wacousta, a 19th century fiction about Canada, contains all the descriptions of the harsh wilderness and racist descriptions of the savages as one would exprect from a Canadian book of its time What suprised me most about this novel was the story telling techniques which I recognized from some of my favorite novels such as Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones Richardson gives vivid descriptions of the Canadian world, painting a very detailed picture in the mind of the reader I thought this was [...]

    4. I re read Wacousta for old times sake and also because I needed to mention it in an article I was writing It is a silly book I thought it was hilarious the first time I read it, and I still think it s hilarious It is a homage to Walter Scott and James Feni Cooper Beware of heavy anti aboriginal and Canadien racism the racism is extreme The funny part about the racism is that the actual villain of the story is neither of these If you want a taste of Canadian style Scott, give it a shot.

    5. Pontiac is pretty badass, even though he s not the star of this novel Wacousta is also very badass All in all, this book was an amazing read even though it s racist, sexist, classist, the works Don t read it if you re looking for something light and fun it s heavy, hard to understand, gory, sad, did I mention racist The creation of this novel is racist in itself so there you go You ve been warned But if you like some historical fiction from an English colonialist perspective, of the Canadas, gre [...]

    6. Phew A challenge to get through with such heavy gothic melodrama and heavy duty, romantic characterizations, but it was worth it Richardson s Wacousta has been rewritten and sanitized in other versions but reading this, his full novel, gives a better appreciation of Richardson s value as a writer of his time The Afterword by the literary genius James Reaney is helpful in putting the novel and its writer in perspective.

    7. Only a true literary madman could write this book, and I am convinced Richardson is exactly that At one point I had to put the novel down because it was too scary to read at night Yes, it s long Yes, sometimes the writing gets a bit dry But the characters kick ass and the adventure is epic It s pretty sad that no one knows about this book.

    8. Though at times difficult to read, Richardson really wanted to pioneer Canadian literature as sensational as he could Too bad centuries later, you have groaning university students unable to keep up with his Wordsworthian descriptions of the Canadian wilderness I have to admit though, this relic had me during its climatic and almost laughable moments.

    9. Beautifully written, but also extremely tragic Not perhaps a story that I could say I actually liked, or enjoyed reading, because of the tragic outcome of the plot, but that it not to say I hated it either.

    10. This book was required reading for my sopho year early Canadian Literature course At 19, I didn t like it that much Will have to re read it at a later time.

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