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Wacousta, or, The Prophecy: A Tale of the…

Wacousta, or, The Prophecy: A Tale of the Canadas (1832)

by John Richardson

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I read this book relatively long ago, and it was for a college class, ie, I had to. I'll be frank and say I would never have read this otherwise, but it is in no way a bad read. Just a rather banal one. Comparisons with "Last of the Mohicans" could be made, to the latter's advantage, no doubt, but the subject matter is very similar, if such is your cup of tea.
In any case, I suppose it's a good historical relation of life in the British/Canadian forts along the border with the United States, and of the Anglo-American wars. ( )
  JRuel | Feb 2, 2011 |
A good rip roaring read, lots of blood, guts and scalps! Not for the faint hearted. Some of the plot points on second inspection might be hard to believe, but fun nonetheless. ( )
  charlie68 | May 31, 2010 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0771098774, Mass Market Paperback)

Set in the 1760s at the time of Pontiac’s Indian alliance against the British, Wacousta combines elements of revenge tragedy and gothic romance in reconstructing a violent episode in Canadian frontier history. In Major John Richardson’s vivid depiction, Pontiac’s campaign against Fort Detroit is masterminded by the mysterious Wacousta, a Byronic anti-hero whose thirst for vengeance against the fortress commander borders on madness. Turning upon binary oppositions – garrison against wilderness, restraint against passion, mercy against justice – this suspenseful novel creates a world of deception and terror in which motive is ambiguous and the boundary between order and anarchy unclear.

First published in 1832, Wacousta anticipated many of the themes that would assume central importance in the Canadian narrative imagination. The New Canadian Library edition is an unabridged reprint of the complete original text.

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