Man Proposes, God Disposes: Recollections of a French Pioneer (Our Lives: Diary, Memoir, and Letters Series)

Man Proposes, God Disposes: Recollections of a French Pioneer (Our Lives: Diary, Memoir, and Letters Series)

By: Pierre Maturie (author), Vivian Bosley (translator), Gilles Cadrin (contributor)Paperback

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"From the edge of the plateau there was a splendid view: the Athabasca, flowing from the east, made a great curve in front of us and carried on towards the village. ...At the moment we stopped, we could see lines of ten or fifteen sledges gliding on the trail made in the ice on the river. The view was so panoramic both to our right and our left, and also over the undulations descending towards the bank, that we took our decision right there and then to plant our flag on the spot, like explorers in an unknown land and to build our house there." In 1910, young Pierre Maturie bid farewell to his comfortable bourgeois existence in rural France and travelled to northern Alberta in search of independence, adventure, and prosperity. Some sixty years later, he wrote of the four years he spent in Canada before he returned to France in 1914 to fight in the First World War. Like that of so many youthful pioneers, his story is one of adventure and hardship-perilous journeys, railroad construction in the Rockies, panning for gold in swift-flowing streams, transporting goods for the Hudson's Bay Company along the Athabasca River. Blessed with the rare gift of a natural storyteller, Maturie conveys his abiding nostalgia for a country he loved deeply yet ultimately had to abandon. Maturie's memoir, Man Proposes, God Disposes, appeared in France in 1972, to a warm reception. Now, in the deft and marvelously empathetic translation of Vivien Bosley, it is at long last available in English. As a portrait of pioneer life in northern Alberta, as a window onto the French experience in Canada, and, above all, as an irresistible story-it will continue to find a place in the hearts of readers for years to come.

About Author

Vivien Bosley is a professor emeritus of French at the University of Alberta. Her translations from the French range from seventeenth-century feminism to Canadian political biography.


Preface, Gilles Cadrin and Vivien Bosley- vii Translator's Acknowledgements- xiii Introduction, Robert Wardhaugh- xv Man Proposes, God Disposes- 1 Afterword, Gilles Cadrin- 221 Preface to the Original French Edition (1972), Robert Margerit- 223 Notes- 225

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  • ISBN13: 9781926836553
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 260
  • ID: 9781926836553
  • weight: 420
  • ISBN10: 1926836553

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