The Afterlife of George Cartwright

The Afterlife of George Cartwright In this stunning and original novel John Steffler has recreated a lost time and place and has given life to an enigmatic figure from Canada s th century past Described quietly by historians as sol

  • Title: The Afterlife of George Cartwright
  • Author: John Steffler Renée Hulan
  • ISBN: 9780771093982
  • Page: 319
  • Format: Paperback
  • In this stunning and original novel, John Steffler has recreated a lost time and place, and has given life to an enigmatic figure from Canada s 18th century past Described quietly by historians as soldier, diarist, entrepreneur, George Cartwright emerges in Steffler s tale as a character of overwhelming appetite and ambition Until this time Cartwright s greatest legacyIn this stunning and original novel, John Steffler has recreated a lost time and place, and has given life to an enigmatic figure from Canada s 18th century past Described quietly by historians as soldier, diarist, entrepreneur, George Cartwright emerges in Steffler s tale as a character of overwhelming appetite and ambition Until this time Cartwright s greatest legacy has been the place in Labrador named after him and the journal he wrote during his years there, when he lived amongst Native people and ran a successful trading post Now his legacy becomes our own a telling portrait of our past a warning.

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    1. This was a pretty decent story of Canadian settlement and the problems with colonialism. I like the questioning of narratives especially when it comes to accepting historical documents as truth, even though they are being written by people with biases in a certain context with possibly something to gain from them. I can't see myself thinking of this book for long into the future but it's definitely got a lot of value in it.

    2. I did not get around to reading this one until over a decade after its publication (even though I owned it since just after its release. It's an interesting book in many ways - traditional and postmodern (to use those terms loosely) at the same time.The author's note at the end of the novel explains best what the story attempts to do - he was trying to capture the flavor and sense of exploration and adventure available during the eighteenth and nineteenth century as the northern part of the Amer [...]

    3. Having read the classic Ambrose Bierce story "An Occurance at Owl Creek Bridge" in university, a story told backwards, I was intrigued to find this book in an airport bookstore and discover it too was a story told backwards. It is an historical novel based on the near-impossibly rugged settling of Northern Labrador. A very satisfying read, both in terms of the structure and style.

    4. Something a little different. It gets off to a very slow start but improves once the characters reach Labrador. It was difficult to get through. I read it for book club. I don't think I would have finished it if it had have been read for enjoyment and I can't say that I gained anything from completing it other than a greater understanding of what smallpox looked like.

    5. One of my used bookstore finds. A surprisingly engrossing book about a man consumed by his own ambitions in a distant and fascinating time and place. What is left after you lose that what you never really had?

    6. “The Afterlife of George Cartwright” was the prize of my Canadian literature course required reading list.

    7. Written by the older brother of a friend from my younger days. (Hi Paul!) Well written but not the sort of book I usually read. Very well received across Canada so I will defer to others.

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