The Road Past Altamont
First published in French in 1966, The Road Past Altamont pierces to the heart of a child's world, creating a delicate, yet substantial network of impressions, emotions, and relationships. In her writing, Gabrielle Roy allowed "nothing extraneous or false to stand, " according to the translator, Joyce Marshall. The literary style of Roy, whose fiction reflects her childhood on the Canadian prairie, has often been compared to that of Willa Cather. The Road Past Altamont takes a sensitive French-Canadian girl, Christine, from childhood innocence to maturity. Four connected stories reveal profound moments during her early years in the vastness of Manitoba. Christine's testament to Grandmother's creative power, her great adventure with an old gentleman at Lake Winnipeg and her clandestine one with a crude family of movers, her journey through time and space with aging Maman - all these characters and events convey Gabrielle Roy's preoccupation with childhood and old age, the passage of time and mystery of change, and the artist's relation to the world.
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Altamont road anxious asked astonished Banania beautiful began beginning believe beside Bruges child childhood Christine Cleophas cried curious distance doll doubt dream Eveline everything eyes face feel finally Florence Gabrielle Roy gentle Grandfather Grandmother Grandmother's hand happy head hear heard heart hills imagine journey Joyce Marshall knew Lake Winnipeg least little dog live longer look loved Maman Manitoba melan Memere memory Monsieur Saint-Hilaire mother never night once one's organdy perhaps poor prairie Quebec Quebec City remember Road Past Altamont sand savanna scarcely seemed seen side sleep slightly smile sort speak strange Street of Riches suddenly summer tell things thought Tin Flute told took tree turn uncle understand Virginia Woolf wait watching weary wind Winnipeg Beach wish words young