La Sagouine (Google eBook)

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Dundurn, Sep 1, 1979 - Fiction - 183 pages
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"This is a true story. The story of La Sagouine, a scrubwoman, a woman of the sea, who was born with the century, with her feet in the water. Water was her fortune: the daughter of a cod fisherman, a sailor's girl, and later the wife of a fisherman who took oysters and smelts. A cleaning woman also, who ends up on all fours, with her bucket in front and her hands in the water." -Antonine Maillet

With well over 10,000 copies sold in French and English editions, La Sagouine is fast becoming a classic of its genre. The single character is that of La Sagouine, the washerwoman, who fills the stage with the voice of poverty, and of pride. Straight from the heart of Acadian New Brunswick, she is the embodiment of her world, and yet touches the hearts and souls of readers and audiences from all walks of life.

  

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User Review  - Meghan - Goodreads

I mean, it's brilliant. If I was smarter and could understand Acadien French better, I would have loved it. Read full review

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User Review  - Jo-Ann - Goodreads

I am of Acadian ancestry and know several la Sagouines! The stories are reflective of my sense and experience of our culture and ways. The exception for us was surrounding the Expulsion - it was not ... Read full review

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Page 11 - Sagouine, a scrubwoman, a woman of the sea, who was born with the century, with her feet in the water. Water was her fortune: the daughter of a cod fisherman, a sailor's girl, and later the wife of a fisherman who took oysters and smelts. A cleaning woman also, who ends up on all fours, with her bucket in front and her hands in the water. That is where I found her, between her mop and her rags, bending over that pail of dirty water that has been collecting for half a century all the dirt of the country.
Page 28 - Ah! wasn' easy, wasn' easy to explain. Seemed to me the sea had changed colour. It was a deeper blue than usual, 'n the fish was swimmin near the surface of the water like they wanned to play with the seagulls. The others started teasin us, 'n callin us names, but it didn

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About the author (1979)

Antonine Maillet, the author, was born in Bouctouche, New Brunswick, in the heart of "l'Acadie." The author of twenty-six works of novels and plays, she has been awarded eleven literary prizes in Canada and Europe. Antonine Maillet is Docteur de lettres of Laval University of Quebec and has received thirteen honorary degrees.

Luis de Cepedes, the translator, was born in Paris in 1948 and educated in Canada and Latin America. For the last fifteen years, he has worked as a freelance writer for Radio-Canada (CBF-FM) with a number of dramatic scripts, historical studies and French adaptations of English and Latin American plays. His most recent works are the English translations of Maillet's Gapi and Sullivan and Evangeline Deusse, and the development of Evangeline Deusse for film.

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