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008 130905s2014 nyu 000 1 eng
050 00 PR9199.4.B69|bO74 2014
082 00 813/.6|223
100 1 Boyden, Joseph,|d1966-
245 14 The orenda :|ba novel /|cJoseph Boyden.
264 1 New York :|bKnopf,|c2014.
300 433 pages ;|c24 cm
520 "History reveals itself when, in the seventeenth century,
a Jesuit missionary ventures into the Canadian wilderness
in search of converts-the defining moment of first contact
between radically different worlds. What unfolds over the
next several years is truly epic, constantly illuminating
and surprising, sometimes comic, always entrancing and
ultimately all too human in its tragic grandeur.
Christophe has been in the New World only a year when his
native guides abandon him to flee their Iroquois pursuers.
A Huron warrior and elder named Bird soon takes him
prisoner, along with a young Iroquois girl, Snow Falls,
whose family he has just killed, and holds them captive in
his massive village. Champlain's Iron People have only
recently begun trading with the Huron, who mistrust them
as well as this Crow who has now trespassed onto their
land; and her people, of course, have become the Huron's
greatest enemy. Putting both to death would resolve the
issue, but Bird sees Christophe as a potential envoy to
those in New France, and Snow Falls as a replacement for
his two daughters who were murdered by the Iroquois. The
relationships between these three are reshaped again and
again as life comes at them relentlessly: a dangerous
trading mission, friendly exchanges with allied tribes,
shocking victories and defeats in battle, and sicknesses
the likes of which no one has ever witnessed. The Orenda
traces a story of blood and hope, suspicion and trust,
hatred and love, that comes to a head when Jesuit and
Huron join together against the stupendous wrath of the
Iroquois, when everything that any of them has ever known
or believed faces nothing less than annihilation. A saga
nearly four hundred years old, it is also timeless and
eternal"--|cProvided by publisher.
650 0 Jesuits|vFiction.
650 0 Wyandot Indians|vFiction.
650 0 Iroquois Indians|vFiction.
650 0 Indians|xWars|vFiction.
650 0 White people|xRelations with Indians|vFiction.
651 0 Canada|xHistory|y17th century|vFiction.