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Voyageurs garnered praise for both its historical versimilitude and its exacting character portraits, as well as the story's contemporary relevance in a time of international conflict. Elphinstone's magnificent sixth novel, Voyageurs, gives us Mark Greenhow, a naive and peaceful Quaker who lands on the shores of North America on the eve of the War of 1812, thinking only of finding the missing sister he has always admired for her adventurous spirit. Mark hitches a ride with the voyageurs who have canoed the rivers, transporting the tons of furs that feed the trade that has made the region a battleground of the French and British empires. Though Mark enters this brave new world with his conscience clean and his convictions sound, his encounters with a place and people he never could have imagined test his rigid upbringing. The backwoods of Canada have certainly led his sister astray; she has been excommunicated from the Society of Friends for running off with a non-Quaker. After her child is stillborn she runs again, deep into Indian country. On this increasingly desperate search, Mark finds himself among spies and domestic warriors, displaced natives, infidels, and religious folk who must fight to maintain their particular way of life. Elphinstone's crisp and effortless prose, coupled with her riveting, organic way with description, her fully drawn characters, and the history of the region, make this novel an astonishingly authentic and profoundly satisfying work of historical fiction.
Publisher: [United States] : Canongate U.S. : Made available through hoopla, 2014
ISBN: 9780802191519
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital


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Jun 17, 2017

The title is misleading, since this book is not about voyageurs at all. It really should be called 'Quaker in the Wilderness'. Voyageurs were a distinct type of French Canadian fur traders and wilderness men, who made many discoveries in Canada and America, and ruled the extensive fur trade in both countries. This book is not about the Frenchmen, but about an English-speaking Quaker, who is not quite comfortable around these rough men and their rough ways. Poor baby. If you want to know about the real Voyageurs, read "Songs Upon The Rivers".

Mar 26, 2015

Only available in tiny print:(

Scout_WPL May 24, 2011

Featuring the War of 1812 and Quakers. A good read with history that closely reflects the pioneer spirit found in early Oxford County.

Sep 16, 2009

This is a great book if you enjoy learning about life in Upper Canada in the 1800s, especially as it pertains to the fur trade. It also does a good job of conveying what it might have been like as a Quaker back then.


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Sep 16, 2009

markv thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over


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