By Maryse Rouy
Après ses romans inspirés par le Moyen Âge français, Maryse Rouy nous raconte cette fois une histoire québécoise inspirée de faits vécus. Avec cette écriture vivante et directe qu’on lui connaît, l’auteure hint le portrait d’une jeune femme volontaire et généreuse qui prend position parmi les héroïnes les plus fortes et les plus attachantes du roman contemporain.
Printemps 1833. À l. a. suite de l. a. décision de son père, Mary, à peine âgée de 14 ans, quitte l’Irlande pour les États-Unis. Une épouvantable tempête aggrave les stipulations de voyage, déjà très difficiles. À Québec, où le bateau fait escale, son oncle et sa tante, qui s’étaient engagés à veiller sur elle, l’abandonnent.
Seule dans un will pay inconnu, Mary n’est pourtant pas de celles qui pleurent sur leur kind. Elle se bat pour survivre, travaille, s’engage dans l. a. vie, mûrit au fil des épreuves. De l’île d’Orléans à Québec, puis à Berthier, en cette période troublée qui mène à l. a. rébellion de 1837, elle côtoie l. a. maladie et los angeles mort, rencontre l’amitié, trouve l’amour.
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Instead of peace the nations had got more armaments and more debts. Instead of prosperity had come a financial collapse in Wall Street, and all were trembling lest it spread to the rest of the world. XI All this wasn’t the most cheerful line of conversation for a sightseeing jaunt; so Lanny talked about some of the journalists and writers whom he had met at this conference, and forbore to refer to the tragic episode which had cut short his stay in Genoa. But later, when Irma and Rahel had gone back to the yacht, he went for a stroll with Hansi and Bess, and they talked about the Italian Syndicalist leader who had set them to thinking on the subject of social justice.
And how was the man who raised angleworms making out? ” He hoped that, if Ezra Hackabury was dead, some member of his family might be moved to reply. But local officers would hardly know about that old-time misadventure, or crossquestion fashionable people coming ashore from a private yacht; they could hardly check every tourist by the records of the Fascist militi in Rome. Mr. Hackabury had had the same idea. Lanny’s father had been here, trying to get a share; it had been his first fiasco, and the beginning of a chain of them for all parties concerned.
VII The company went ashore in the crowded city, which had once been the capital of the Moslem world, and now was known as Istanbul. ” Through the crowded street came a fire-engine with a great clangor; a modern one, painted a brilliant red—but Lanny saw in imagination the young Zaharoff riding the machine, busy with schemes to collect for his services. Were they still called tulumbadschi? And did they still charge to put out your fire—or to let it burn, as you preferred? ” The Soviet Union was in the middle of the Five-Year Plan, and miracles were confidently expected.