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For the readership, this is a huge historical novel to immerse yourself in.  A dramatic, violent, absorbing, long read for which you need to put aside serious time to devour.  You will find it difficult to put down.  Charting the lives of two families, the Sels and the Duquets from 1693 to 2013, it tells of the rape of the Canadian natural resources, namely timber and fur but predominantly timber.  Hard men made fortunes with little regard for anything but power and wealth, certainly not for their workers’ lives or limbs.  The first of the immigrant Sels married an Indian; their offspring are then trapped between two cultures.  As you would expect, there is a huge number of characters for characters is what Proulx is all about.  This is a truly impressive work detailing the destruction of the forests to the point of ecological disaster.

Sarah Broadhurst

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