By Paul Simpson-Housley, Glen Norcliffe
In 1759, Voltaire in Candide said Canada as "quelques arpents de neige." For numerous centuries, the picture prevailed and was once the only most often utilized by poets, writers, and illustrators. Canada used to be perceived and portrayed as a chilly, not easy, and unforgiving land. this was once no longer a land for the fainthearted. Canada has yieled its wealth in simple terms reluctantly, whereas periodically threatening lifestyles itself with its screens of fury. gaining knowledge of its good looks and hidden assets calls for endurance and perseverance. a number of Acres of Snow is a colletion of 22 essays that discover, from the geographer's point of view, how poets, artists, and writers have addressed the actual essence of Canada, either panorama and cityscape. "Sense of position" is obviously serious within the works tested during this quantity. integrated one of the book's many topics are Hugh MacLennan, Gabrielle Roy, Lucius O'Brien, the artwork of the Inuit, Lawren Harris, Malcolm Lowry, C.W. Jefferys, L.M. Montgomery, Elizabeth Bishop, Marmaduke Matthews, Antonine Mailet, and the poetry of eastern Canadians.
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A Few Acres of Snow by Paul Simpson-Housley, Glen Norcliffe