C'est comme cela qu'on vit, a dit la voix. Ce n'est pas vrai, tout cela. By wanting to choose a "miraculous" life instead of one "as cold as a field in autumn", it is almost predestined that Maria will lose her paradise. When the fall finally comes, she barely grieves, subjugating her life and her emotions, with barely a whimper, to those who rule her hearth, if not her heart.
He saw the flow of humanity moving south of the border, giving its heart, and its best years, to a foreign beauty; some part of him yearned to want to stanch the flow, and so not lose all the best that there was. Pourquoi rester? Maria will forever be casting her eyes down, silently mourning for Paradis; she will be caught in that eternal spring, ever-promising to marry Gagnon -- an eternal consummation-postponed. I view it in the end as a museum piece, and see it with charitable eyes: I recognize that it was poignant, and emotional without being altogether persuasive; un cri de coeur from a distant past.
View all 14 comments. Feb 20, Sylvain rated it did not like it Shelves: canlit. Moral of the story: you should remain miserable your whole life to honor your equally miserable ancestors. View 1 comment. Sep 15, Matt rated it it was ok.
Was this book every boring. Although well-written, Maria Chapdelaine is about a girl whose father spends his entire life slaving away to build farms in the Canadian wilderness. Once his farm is complete, however, he gets bored, moves away, and begins the process again, willfully casting himself into servitude of the savage Canadian landscape. Maria, who has clearly inherited her father's stupidity, falls in love with men after meeting them an entire two times in her isolated island Oh.
Maria, who has clearly inherited her father's stupidity, falls in love with men after meeting them an entire two times in her isolated island of a home.
Given a chance to leave her dreadful life and join civilization, Maria abandons any hope of living happily ever after following her mother's death. Reflecting on her mother's stoic adherence to her father's foolish whims, Maria listens to the wind and gets momentarily sentimental, thus choosing to reside in Northern Quebec - the forest she claims to hate several times throughout the novel. What a bore. Upon a deeper reading, there really is a beautiful allegory of the Quebecois culture behind the characters. It's just underneath the long and arduous descriptions of how to get tree trunks out of the ground and stuff.
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Maria Chapdelaine is the story of Maria, a girl living in rural Quebec in the early days of the twentieth century, and the hardships that come with living at this time in this place. It addresses themes prevalent in Canadian Literature; that of climate, isolation and hard work in overcoming both.
In true Canadian literary fashion, the story is harrowing but satisfying. It can be boring and tedious - though it is never through the fault of authors; it is simply the fact that those days offered li Maria Chapdelaine is the story of Maria, a girl living in rural Quebec in the early days of the twentieth century, and the hardships that come with living at this time in this place.
It can be boring and tedious - though it is never through the fault of authors; it is simply the fact that those days offered little fun as people were too busy surviving harsh Canadian weather and harvesting food, what else can the authors do? But it is never void of touching moments.
I remember a very lovely, innocent, romantic scene with Maria and a love interest out in the woods The tragedies that mark Maria's life and the important choices she's given as well as the even more crucial decision she has to make, makes her a sympathetic and wonderful character. Everything you did at the time was meant to ensure the survival of the family, of the community.
And Maria's ultimate selflessness is both heartbreaking and admirable. I think this is a true Canadian classic. This story is so removed from the reality of modern life that it is easy to understand why some readers might find it difficult to relate to. It is, however, a true depiction of a particular time and place e. My own grandparents and those before them lived this kind of reality: Harsh long winters, hard work, sacrifices, isolation and a deeply held religious belief.
Dutiful Maria Chapdelaine is at the centre of this moving story. Wi This story is so removed from the reality of modern life that it is easy to understand why some readers might find it difficult to relate to.
Will she follow her heart or will she choose the life her family wants for her? I read the original version in French in the 's, and then again in English in Like all good books, it should be read again. I read a different French edition, but close enough. An allegory of sorts. Roughly idyllic or idealized version of French Canadian "frontier" life around the turn of the last century.
I did enjoy the colloquialisms, such as the French-speaking Canadians referring to themselves as les Canadiens and les habitants tr. One of the dominant themes is I read a different French edition, but close enough. One of the dominant themes is the Christian struggle between good and evil, dark and light, here embodied in the antagonism between primeval forest and farm. Slaying the forest as quickly and completely as possible, both by logging the Old Growth and by hacking fields out of the forests is portrayed as a religious duty, the bringing of the Word to the wilderness, civilization to barbaric nature one that shows no particular use for man.
This brings to mind what Americans often think of as the Puritan view of the wilderness. Apparently, a view also shared by the pious Canadian Catholics. Their world view is fatalistic. God has his mysterious purposes, not to be questioned by humans. One must bend to his will. And in return, nature must bend to the will of man. What we think of as the Puritan work ethic manifests itself here as the work ethic of the Catholic peasant.
A man proposes to a woman by claiming to be a hard worker and never drinking a drop. Certainly, a drinking man would make a miserable life for a woman, true everywhere, but even more true in the hard circumstances of the northern homestead. Everyone here must be able to get up at the crack of dawn and labor hard till dark, just to survive. A drinking man would mean an impoverished family. A woman married to such a man would live a miserable existence in an environment where the best situation is already a tough one.
This is also an unquestionably patriarchal world. A woman marries a man's decisions as well as the man himself. If he, like Samuel, Maria's father, is never a settler, must always move on once a farm has been cleared and is ready to become part of a settled community, then his wife has no choice but to move with him.
She can be happy or not about it, but the decision is his to make, not hers. In other respects, putting aside the gender-based division of labor, such a life is a partnership. Also, as indicated by Maria's consideration of her 3 suitors, a woman marries not only a man, but a way of life and a place, the land.
In the final instance, when faced with choosing between Lorenzo Surprenant tr. He was an adventurer, a guide to buyers of pelts from the Indians and a lumberman, not a farmer. The lesson intended, perhaps, is that paradise is meant not for daily life but only for the afterlife. I read it in French in high school and now in English on my ipad.