By Rudy Wiebe

ISBN-10: 0307367142

ISBN-13: 9780307367143

A Discovery of Strangers tells of the assembly of 2 civilizations – the 1st stumble upon of the nomadic Dene individuals with Europeans – in an creative reconstruction of John Franklin’s first map-making day trip in 1819—21 in what's now the Northwest Territories. on the center 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 identified 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 received him his moment Governor General’s Award for Fiction on the age of sixty, over powerful pageant from Margaret Atwood and Alice Munro.

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Her small shape bending, her smooth movement around and down the rocks curved to the whistling river below, beyond the trees, is like the rainbow fin of a grayling quick as a quiver of light in bright, clear water. “Thick English,” Birdseye says, “wants all our best hunters to kill animals for him. ” Greenstockings cannot understand. “What? ” Within the shifting groups of Tetsot’ine for a time agreeing to live together, as necessity arises, one person decides finally where they will travel, where they will stop — but that implies nothing like boss.

Look there,” Birdseye says, with fear. ” Greenstockings looks. Unable then to ask her mother what she sees. But her father is afraid of nothing. Keskarrah has told her out loud, grinning and rubbing his finger across his teeth, that even though he is so old only worn stumps stick out of his gums, he has never yet seen the Supreme One everyone believes is everywhere around them. “It is strange,” he has said to her sometimes, staring up at the stars, or at sundogs, “that living so long, I still cannot meet anyone who understands this as clearly as I.

And then, even more quietly, they tell of the one White who came walking alone one summer from the east, guided by Matonabbee (who had enough wives for them both), and who wandered about making those tiny marks on paper too, and then strangely went walking back towards the east again, still travelling alone. And sometimes, in the darkest winter, Keskarrah will recall aloud the story all the Dene nations around them know but rarely speak, of how Ageenah guided the second solitary White down the great river Dehcho.

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