By Rudy Wiebe
A Discovery of Strangers tells of the assembly of 2 civilizations – the 1st stumble upon of the nomadic Dene individuals with Europeans – in an innovative reconstruction of John Franklin’s first map-making day trip in 1819—21 in what's now the Northwest Territories. on the middle of the radical is a love tale among twenty-two-year-old midshipman Robert Hood, the Franklin expedition’s artist, and a fifteen-year-old Yellowknife woman recognized to the British as Greenstockings. a countrywide bestseller, released additionally in Germany and China, Wiebe’s first novel in 11 years and his 12th paintings of fiction gained him his moment Governor General’s Award for Fiction on the age of sixty, over robust festival from Margaret Atwood and Alice Munro.
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Lying safe, alert in this instant of rest, they were reassured that when that blazing sun stands three times its height over the glazed levels of this lake, they will feel the restlessness of their young grow heavier within them. And then they will move again into their continual travel. Gradually at first, then more steadily, like driftwood discovering a momentary current, hesitating into daily eddies of moss or crusted erratics but leaning more certainly down into motion along this contorted river, or this lakeshore; easily avoiding the noisy, devastated esker between Roundrock and Winter lakes and their connecting tributary streams.
Knopf Canada in 1994. Distributed by Random House of Canada Limited, Toronto. Canadian Cataloguing in Publication Data Wiebe, Rudy, 1934– A discovery of strangers eISBN: 978-0-307-36714-3 1. Indians of North America - First contact with Europeans - Fiction. 2. Franklin, John, Sir, 1786 - 1847 - Fiction. 3. Arctic regions - Discovery and exploration - British - Fiction. 4. Northwest Passage - Fiction. I. Title. 1 Strangely I heard a stranger say, I am with you. —RAINER MARIA RILKE Prefatory Note The dated selections between chapters are quoted (some with minor rearrangements) from the journals kept by Robert Hood (1797—1821) and John Richardson (1787—1865) during the first Franklin overland expedition (1819-1822) to the Arctic coast of what is today Canada.
And kick him hard in the ribs. By then she will know where those two young English keep their names (which is dangerous), and where her mother keeps hers (which has never been dangerous for her, though it may become that), but her feet wrapped in supple moccasins are much too soft for kicking anyone memorably. Back’s busy hands grapple for her again, tug her down against himself more proud than ever, and it is then she feels him shift hard between her thighs like every man always has, hard bone.