Song of Batoche

Song of Batoche

eBook - 2017
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This historical novel reimagines the North-West resistance of 1885 through the Métis women of Batoche, and in particular the rebellious outsider, Josette Lavoie. When Riel arrives from Montana, he discovers that Josette is the granddaughter of Chief Big Bear, whom he needs as an ally, but Josette resists becoming his disciple when she learns that he considers the Métis a lost tribe of Israel and himself the prophet who will lead them to the Promised Land. As General Middleton's army crosses the country to put down the "savage half-breeds," both Josette and Gabriel Dumont draw ever closer in their struggle to manage Riel, who is determined that he will meet Middleton only in Batoche, the City of God. The subversive role of the priests, Riel's growing religious fervour, Dumont's guerrilla tactics, and the part played by the women as they realize that Riel endangers their people are explored in vivid detail. In a year when Canada 150 celebrates our iconic heroes, this story of the Métis, from an Indigenous author, is at the very heart of Canadian identity.
Publisher: Vancouver, BC : Ronsdale Press, 2017.
ISBN: 9781553805007
9781553805014
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (370 pages)
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc
Alternative Title: Song of Batoche : a novel

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Feb 05, 2018

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.

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photomoon
Jan 22, 2018

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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