Elle

Elle

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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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 226 pages
  • 139.7 x 210.82 x 17.78mm | 294.83g
  • Goose Lane Editions
  • United States
  • English
  • 0864924925
  • 9780864924926
  • 605,921

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Imagine a 16th-century society belle turned Robinson Crusoe, a female Don Quixote with an Inuit Sancho Panza, and you'll have an inkling of what's in store in Douglas Glover's outrageously modern historical novel. Mysterious, mystical, and thoroughly original, Elle is a lusty, subversive riff on the discovery of the New World at the moment of first contact. Based on a true story, Elle chronicles the ordeals of a young Frenchwoman marooned on the desolate Isle of Demons during Jacques Cartier's last, ill-fated attempt to colonize North America. In a carnal whirlwind of myth and story, of death, lust, and love, of beauty and hilarity, Glover brings the past violently and unexpectedly into the present.show more

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-Historical fiction at its most innovative, a seriously whimsical book full of arcane lore from the first days of the European settlement of the New World. A remarkable, wondrous experience.- - Wayne Johnston - 20170209show more

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Imagine a 16th-century society belle turned Robinson Crusoe, a female Don Quixote with an Inuit Sancho Panza, and you'll have an inkling of what's in store in Douglas Glover's outrageously modern historical novel. Mysterious, mystical, and thoroughly original, Elle is lusty, subversive riff on the discovery of the New World at the moment of first contact. Based on a true story, Elle chronicles the ordeals of a young Frenchwoman marooned on the desolate Isle of Demons during Jacques Cartier's last, ill-fated attempt to colonize North America. In a carnal whirlwind of myth and story, of death, lust, and love, of beauty and hilarity, Glover brings the past violently and unexpectedly into the present.show more

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471 ratings
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4 29% (137)
3 31% (147)
2 15% (69)
1 7% (33)
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