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A classical story depicting rural life near Lac St Jean at the turn of the 20th century I thought it was beautiful and interesting, but Maria, the main character, was a little too saintly for my taste It felt like H mon was teaching women a lesson through his taleSomething like, Hey girls, why don t you be like her It s hard to believe that a woman who lived isolated from any other girls her age and whose life revolved around serving her brothers food, cleaning, sewing, and praying, could be so patient, peaceful and most of all, silent Her one true love dies and she sits at the window and cries without a noise I m willing to believe that times were very different, but what about hormones and passionI believe those things existed in the 1900s Other thing that irked me as a Qu b cois, reading a piece of my history written by a French man, was a little off putting I know H mon worked in Lac Saint Jean and fell in love with Qu bec, but his classical education comes through in his prose and messed with me He goes from joual Qu bec s sort of dialect to proper French, and even in dialogue Some passages felt like an anthropological study then a true homage.I ll stick to H bert or Gu vremont, thank you. This story is so removed from the reality of modern life that it is easy to understand why some readers might find it difficult to relate to It is, however, a true depiction of a particular time and place e.g Early 20th c in Qu bec, in a remote area of French Canada My own grandparents and those before them lived this kind of reality Harsh long winters, hard work, sacrifices, isolation and a deeply held religious belief Dutiful Maria Chapdelaine is at the centre of this moving story Will she follow her heart or will she choose the life her family wants for her I read the original version in French in the 1960 s, and then again in English in 1978 Like all good books, it should be read again. Pdf ♪ Maria Chapdelaine ⚇ Ce Classique De La Litt Rature Du Xxe Si Cle A Pendant Longtemps T R Cup R Par Les Id Ologies Conservatrices Qui Ont Voulu Le Pr Senter Comme Un Mod Le De Litt Rature Canadienne Et M Me Comme Un Chef D Oeuvre Catholique Des Degr S Divers, Les Tr S Nombreuses Ditions Publi Es Jusqu Tout R Cemment Reprenaient Les Corrections Qui Servaient Perp Tuer Le Mythe D Un Canada Fran Ais O Rien Ne Devait Changer La Pr Sente Dition Est Conforme Celle De , Tablie D Apr S Le Manuscrit Original De Louis H Mon Elle Comprend Un Avant Propos, Un Relev Des Variantes Ainsi Qu Un Index Des Personnages Et Des Lieux Maria Chapdelaine is the story of Maria, a girl living in rural Quebec in the early days of the twentieth century, and the hardships that come with living at this time in this place It addresses themes prevalent in Canadian Literature that of climate, isolation and hard work in overcoming both In true Canadian literary fashion, the story is harrowing but satisfying It can be boring and tedious though it is never through the fault of authors it is simply the fact that those days offered little fun as people were too busy surviving harsh Canadian weather and harvesting food, what else can the authors do But it is never void of touching moments I remember a very lovely, innocent, romantic scene with Maria and a love interest out in the woods The tragedies that mark Maria s life and the important choices she s given as well as the even crucial decision she has to make, makes her a sympathetic and wonderful character Everything you did at the time was meant to ensure the survival of the family, of the community And Maria s ultimate selflessness is both heartbreaking and admirable.I think this is a true Canadian classic. Having grown up in Canada, including several years spent in Quebec, but settling as an adult in the United States, Maria Chapdelaine touched my heart.Canadians, even now, are hearty co conspirators to Mother Nature, making plans living actively with Her and in spite of Her, ever respectful of Her The lure of a life with Lorenzo, who promises ease excitement, and represents something other than that which Maria knows, still calls to Canadians The writing in the final pages, as Maria decides her fate, is hauntingly beautiful In the end, her choice is clear It s not about suffering nor family nor love nor adventure nor self it s about home And Maria chooses home. MariaWhyWon tYouLoveLorenzo I read a different French edition, but close enough An allegory of sorts Pastoral Roughly idyllic or idealized version of French Canadian frontier life around the turn of the last century I did enjoy the colloquialisms, such as the French speaking Canadians referring to themselves as les Canadiens and les habitants tr as inhabitants, those who live in this place , whereas the English Speaking Canadians are labeled les Anglais, les Russes, les Italiens, etc One of the dominant themes is the Christian struggle between good and evil, dark and light, here embodied in the antagonism between primeval forest and farm Slaying the forest as quickly and completely as possible, both by logging the Old Growth and by hacking fields out of the forests is portrayed as a religious duty, the bringing of the Word to the wilderness, civilization to barbaric nature one that shows no particular use for man This brings to mind what Americans often think of as the Puritan view of the wilderness Apparently, a view also shared by the pious Canadian Catholics Their world view is fatalistic God has his mysterious purposes, not to be questioned by humans One must bend to his will And in return, nature must bend to the will of man What we think of as the Puritan work ethic manifests itself here as the work ethic of the Catholic peasant A man proposes to a woman by claiming to be a hard worker and never drinking a drop Certainly, a drinking man would make a miserable life for a woman, true everywhere, but even true in the hard circumstances of the northern homestead Everyone here must be able to get up at the crack of dawn and labor hard till dark, just to survive A drinking man would mean an impoverished family A woman married to such a man would live a miserable existence in an environment where the best situation is already a tough one This is also an unquestionably patriarchal world A woman marries a man s decisions as well as the man himself If he, like Samuel, Maria s father, is never a settler, must always move on once a farm has been cleared and is ready to become part of a settled community, then his wife has no choice but to move with him She can be happy or not about it, but the decision is his to make, not hers In other respects, putting aside the gender based division of labor, such a life is a partnership Also, as indicated by Maria s consideration of her 3 suitors, a woman marries not only a man, but a way of life and a place, the land In the final instance, when faced with choosing between Lorenzo Surprenant tr Surprising who would take her away to city life in the United States and Eutrope Gagnon perhaps from the verb gagner, to earn or to win , her closest neighbor, which would mean a life exactly like the one her mother had with her father her mother, prematurely dead of a mysterious malady , chooses to stay after having been spoken to by the voice of the land the voice of duty She might have faced a somewhat different life if her first fiance, Fran ois Paradis tr obviously as paradise hadn t died of exposure in the winter en route to visit her for the New Year He was an adventurer, a guide to buyers of pelts from the Indians and a lumberman, not a farmer The lesson intended, perhaps, is that paradise is meant not for daily life but only for the afterlife. Maria Chapdelaine is a true Canadian classic I read it in French in high school and now in English on my ipad The translation is good but the editing was less than stellar with lots of spelling errors Like all great literature, the tale is symbolic of much than the lot of the book s characters The choice faced by the heroine is really one faced by everyone at some point in life between duty and ambition, known and unkown, heritage and progress It is also a beautiful description of rural life in Quebec at the turn of the last century It captures some of the complexity of Quebec s situation One that drove many French Canadians to find their fortune elsewhere in Canada and the United States.The fact that it is so easy to question Maria s decision adds to the book s relevance Her choice is not self evident, nor particularly compelling, even on the author s own terms But life is like that Maria s mother had a similar choice to make and always harboured some regret Few people go through life without some thought of the fickleness of fate This book does not skirt from the difficulty of these choices or console us with a certain outcome The book also illustrates the social environment that would In the second half of the 20th century, drive the Quiet Revolution in Quebec, and inspire the Parti Quebecois and divide Canada Overall, the writing is beautiful and the characters come to life It is a very memorable book Moral of the story you should remain miserable your whole life to honor your equally miserable ancestors. Oh My God Was this book ever boring Maria Chapdelaine is about a girl whose father spends his entire life slaving away to build farms in the Canadian wilderness Once his farm is complete, however, he gets bored, moves away, and begins the process again, willfully casting himself into servitude of the savage Canadian landscape Maria, who has clearly inherited her father s stupidity, falls in love with men after meeting them an entire two times in her isolated life Given a chance to leave her dreadful life and join civilization, Maria abandons any hope of living happily ever after following her mother s death Reflecting on her mother s stoic adherence to her father s foolish whims, Maria listens to the wind and gets momentarily sentimental, thus choosing to reside in Northern Quebec the forest she claims to hate several times throughout the novel What a bore Maria Chapdelaine is a boring title for this book, so I ve included some of my own interpretations We re Always Cold by Louis Hemon How to Cut Hay by Louis Hemon We Made Land by Louis HemonEDIT I wanted to come back to this because we discussed the book in class the one in which I was forced to read Maria Chapdelaine and a lot of the allegory went over my head Upon a deeper reading, there really is a beautiful allegory of the Quebecois culture behind the characters It s just underneath the long and arduous descriptions of how to get tree trunks out of the ground and stuff.