Song of Batoche

Song of Batoche

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Louis Riel arrives at Batoche in 1884 to help the M#65533;tis fight for their lands and discovers that the rebellious outsider Josette Lavoie is a granddaughter of the famous chief Big Bear, whom he needs as an ally. But Josette learns of Riel's hidden agenda - to establish a separate state with his new church at its head - and refuses to help him. Only when the great Gabriel Dumont promises her that he will not let Riel fail does she agree to join the cause. In this raw wilderness on the brink of change, the lives of seven unforgettable characters converge, each one with secrets: Louis Riel and his tortured wife Marguerite; a duplicitous Catholic priest; Gabriel Dumont and his dying wife Madeleine; a Hudson's Bay Company spy; and the enigmatic Josette Lavoie. As the Dominion Army marches on Batoche, Josette and Gabriel must manage Riel's escalating religious fanaticism and a growing attraction to each other. Song of Batoche is a timeless story that traces the borderlines of faith and reason, obsession and madness, betrayal and love."This passionate retelling uses women's eyes to reveal the hidden history behind Riel and Gabriel Dumont. Deeply researched, and rooted in the soil of Batoche." - Marina Endicott, author of the Giller-nominated Close to Hugh"Combining fine research and engaging storytelling, Song of Batoche is a stirring fictionalized account of events in and around the 1885 North-West Resistance. Josette Lavoie is an intriguing and memorable heroine." - Katherena Vermette, author of the The Break and winner of the Governor General's Award
Publisher: Ronsdale Press, 2017
Edition: ON ORDER
ISBN: 9781553804994
1553804996
Branch Call Number: 3564MISC 1

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Feb 05, 2018

Disappointing. For a novel whose book jacket stated that it was from the point of view of Métis women, a good portion of it was from the point of view of Louis Riel and Gabriel Dumont. Moreover, when it was from the women's point of view, it very often downgraded to women thinking about men and what other women were doing with their men, ie. having affairs. I was hoping for a more nuanced vision of what the women were thinking about during this significant historical moment in Canada's history.

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Jan 22, 2018

I enjoyed reading Song of Batoche. The authors’ ability to use historical fact to weave an engaging tale was appreciated. I came away from reading the book with a better understanding of the issues of the day for the Métis. I feel this novel should encourage more discussion about the themes the author so skilfully used in her story.

The authors’ portrayal of Honoré Jaxon was particularly interesting, as I have come across his story in the newspapers of the time in Huron County. He and his brother Thomas E Jackson lived in Huron County for a time before moving with their family to the west. Interesting in the story, the main character took food to prisoners of Riel in an upper storey bedroom. The fourth unidentifiable person, referred to, I believe was a relative, Thomas Sanderson from Wroxeter Ontario, an early pioneer settler near Kinistino and Carrot River in the then Northwest Territory. He was later in life elected as the first MLA for the area when Saskatchewan was made a province.

I look forward to reading her next novel.

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