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Shadows on the Rock (1931) [Novel]
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Summary (From the publisher):

In 1697, Quebec is an island of French civilization perched on a bare gray rock amid a wilderness of trackless forests. For many of its settlers, Quebec is a place of exile, so remote that an entire winter passes without word from home. But to twelve-year-old Cécile Auclair, the rock is home, where even the formidable Governor Frontenac entertains children in his palace and beavers lie beside the lambs in a Christmas crèche. As Cather follows this devout and resourceful child over the course of a year, she re-creates the continent as it must have appeared to its first European inhabitants.

Original title: Shadows on the Rock
Original languages: English

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Genre: FictionHistoricalNorth AmericaPioneering & Westward Movement
FictionHistoricalNorth AmericaNorth America To 1800

Edition #1: Shadows on the Rock

Shadows on the Rock (1961)
Edition Details (From the publisher):

Shadows on the Rock tells the story of a father and his young daughter during the long months between October, when the first ship for France passes out of sight down the St. Lawrence, and the following July when the Colony's isolation is ended by the ships' return. Count Frontenac, the Governor of New France, impatiently awaits his recall from Canada by Louis XIV.

Auclair and Cecile live in the street that connects the Upper Town on the cliff with the Lower Town beside the river at the foot of the mountain. Every phase of the seasons, from the heavy snowfalls in December to the spring downpours and the ice in the river breaking up and floating down stream in huge great blocks is extraordinarily vividly described. At the end, Frontenac dies, and with him all hope of the Auclairs being able to return to France. Their mood however is far from being one of despair. Pierre Charron, a hunter who has travelled as far as Lake Superior in his search for furs returns from the wilderness to marry Cecile and his knowledge of the woods and the people of Canada is security enough to guarantee their future.

Language: English

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Manifested in:

Shadows on the Rock (1961)

Format: Hardcover
Place of publication: London UK
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton
Pages: 280

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Edition #2: Shadows on the Rock

Shadows on the Rock (1931)
Edition Details:

Language: English

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Manifested in:

Shadows on the Rock (September 26, 1995)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Vintage Books
ISBN: 0679764046
Dimensions: 5.2 x 8.0 x 0.7
Pages: 240

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