A Discovery of Strangers

A Discovery of Strangers

Book - 1994
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A Discovery of Strangers is a story--based on true events--of love and innocence, murder, greed and passion set within the terrifying, fragile Arctic landscape. In 1820, John Franklin's small group of British officers and Canadian voyageurs, on their first expedition to search for a route through the incomprehensible North, encounter the Yellowknife Indians -- and Greenstockings, fifteen-year-old daughter of Keskarrah, elder of the Yellowknife, meets young Robert Hood, son of a Lancashire clergyman. Wordless, they devise a language of their own as their two worlds clash.
Publisher: Toronto : A.A. Knopf Canada, c1994
ISBN: 9780394280509
Branch Call Number: FIC Wiebe 05ad 01
Characteristics: 317 p. :,maps


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Aug 04, 2020

A Discovery of Strangers is a beautifully written story that honours both the indigenous people of Canada and the British explorers during the Franklin Expedition. I have recommended it to many friends.

I don't know how authors are able to encapsulate different mindsets so well, but I feel Rudy Wiebe has done this masterfully. The book carries the texture of fable, fairytale and legend, conveying strange beauty and stark, painful realism. The writing is deceptively simple; the messages are complex and perhaps only understood by the deeper parts of ourselves.

I will never forget this book.

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