Disappointing. For a novel whose book jacket stated that it was from the point of view of Métis women, a good portion of it was from the point of view of Louis Riel and Gabriel Dumont. Moreover, when it was from the women's point of view, it very often downgraded to women thinking about men and what other women were doing with their men, ie. having affairs. I was hoping for a more nuanced vision of what the women were thinking about during this significant historical moment in Canada's history.
I enjoyed reading Song of Batoche. The authors’ ability to use historical fact to weave an engaging tale was appreciated. I came away from reading the book with a better understanding of the issues of the day for the Métis. I feel this novel should encourage more discussion about the themes the author so skilfully used in her story.
The authors’ portrayal of Honoré Jaxon was particularly interesting, as I have come across his story in the newspapers of the time in Huron County. He and his brother Thomas E Jackson lived in Huron County for a time before moving with their family to the west. Interesting in the story, the main character took food to prisoners of Riel in an upper storey bedroom. The fourth unidentifiable person, referred to, I believe was a relative, Thomas Sanderson from Wroxeter Ontario, an early pioneer settler near Kinistino and Carrot River in the then Northwest Territory. He was later in life elected as the first MLA for the area when Saskatchewan was made a province.
I look forward to reading her next novel.
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