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by Anne Hebert

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ISBN: 0773700129
ISBN13: 978-0773700123
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Literary
Author: Anne Hebert
Language: English
Publisher: Crown Publishers; First Edition edition (1973)
Pages: 250 pages
ePUB size: 1248 kb
FB2 size: 1804 kb
Rating: 4.7
Votes: 317
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Brilliant writing but hated the story! Stream of consciousness nightmare.
The book is all images. And you kind of know what will happen at the very beginning. It's told through the thoughts of a very distressed and guilt-ridden woman, but beyond the immediate scandal, I felt little attachment to any of the characters.
Surprisingly "new" for an older book. Nice!
Kamouraska is the fictional account of the murder of a man as written by his wife 18 years after the fact. The original written by Anne Hebert was published in 1970 and is based on a real murder that took place in Canada in 1840.

It's got rhythm and histrionics and great visualizations of the landscape, the auntie old maids, and even includes the many children she gave birth to, 3 in the first marriage, 8 to the later marriage and one of them fathered by neither husband.

I could feel tremendous restrictions placed on women as well as men in that place and time, no access to divorce, no access to birth control, no access to work (the women).

I picked up the book on the basis of the title which sounded vaguely Japanese to me, but in fact is an old Algonquian Indian word, and because of the cover painting, which is really striking and does not portend the anguish that will be written of inside the volume which it graces! I was a little bored at first but for some reason I kept going back to it and reading more. I finished it in three days and found the story invading my thoughts at all sorts of moments! I simply can not imagine myself in her shoes, the shoes of Elizabeth, married at 16 and, married again at 20, and giving birth to 11 children over the 21 years of marriage! Most of all I can't imagine the guilt for the murder which might be argued was in a sort of self-defense. There are puzzles there to be pondered.
To start, I must confess that I read this book in French. I took a class in French Canadian literature and this novel was part of the reading list. If you are reading the novel in French. It is a hard read. It is easy to get lost with the story because Anne Herbert switches from the third person plural to the first person singular.

That being said, the novel is quite intriguing. It is a story of love. A story of deception and a story of guilt. The main character, Elisabeth D'Aulnières conspires with her lover to kill her husband, Achille Tache. She does not kill him by herself. Her lover the American doctor George Nelson does the dirty work for her. After killing Tache, Nelson flees from Canada. He is found in Burlington, but he is never extradited to Canada for the murder. After waiting for Nelson to return to Canada for a long time, Elisabeth marries someone else. It is from her second husband's death bed that she recounts her story.
I was unsure how I would react to this book, having heard mixed reviews. Once started, it drew me in. It's a gripping tale of passion. A good deal of this novel is told in dreams and using stream of conciousness--so it is not light reading. However, piecing it together is well worth the effort. Join Elisabeth in her tale of despair, murder, and abandonment....
This is the type of book I crave to read. It is written masterfully, with rich and nuanced language and sentences that are deceptively short. It takes a highly talented writer to convey such depth of meaning and paint both physical and emotional landscapes with language that sounds almost clipped. With such style, the author builds an atmosphere of suspense and keeps the reader in the grip of expectation of what will happen next. The plot is riveting; the characters vividly portrayed and highly credible; the heroine fascinating in her strength to prevail and reclaim her life. A gem of a book that will satisfy lovers of literary prose that stays with the reader for a long time.