A Novel

Audiobook CD - 2016
Average Rating:
Rate this:
In the late seventeenth century, two illiterate woodsmen, Rene Sel and Charles Duquet, make their way from Northern France to New France to seek a living. Bound to a feudal lord, a 'seigneur', for three years in exchange for land, they suffer extraordinary hardship, always in awe of the forest they are charged with clearing, sometimes brimming with dreams of its commercial potential. Rene marries an Indian healer, and they have children, mixing the blood of two cultures. Duquet travels the globe and back, starting a logging company that will prosper for generations. Proulx tells the stories of the children, grandchildren, and descendants of these two lineages, the Sels and the Duquets, as well as the descendants of their allies and foes, as they travel back to Europe, to China, to New England, always in quest of a livelihood or a fortune, or fleeing stunningly brutal conditions - accidents, pestilence, Indian attacks, the revenge of rivals.
Publisher: [New York, N.Y.] : Simon & Schuster Audio, [2016]
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781442370067
Characteristics: 21 sound discs (26:00:00 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Petkoff, Robert


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
Feb 19, 2018

Be forewarned if you are listening to the audiobook!
The reader is wooden and clinical, overly slow-paced and annunciates with such emphasis that I honestly thought it was being translated by text-to-voice software at first. The multitude of characters are given "voices" that are culturally insensitive and very problematic. I had to return it after less than an hour it bothered me so much!

SPL_Brittany Nov 30, 2017

Readers who enjoy literary historical fiction set in North America as well as multi-generational tales will enjoy this novel. A sweeping tale that alternates between Charles Duquet and Renee Sel's family, as they travel all across the globe. Incredibly detailed novel filled with rich images and prose, I highly recommend listening to the audio version of this novel.

Nov 02, 2017

As always, Annie Proulx weaves a colorful, palpable tale of North American land and people, with fantastic detail and sly humor. A masterpiece!


Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at SMCL

To Top