THE SEA IS SO WIDE by Evelyn Eaton


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A competent historian who knows her chosen background -- Nova Scotia -- once again fails to recapture the rest and flavor of her first book Quietly My Captain Waits. Unfortunately, too, she has this time chosen a subject that has become hackneyed through much telling, ever since Long fellow popularized it in Evangeline, i.e. the story of the deportation of the peaceful Acadians from the valleys they had made prosperous in New France, and kept under sufferance when England took over. This is a story of one pair of star-crossed lovers, -- Barbe, eldest daughter of one of the leading Acadians, and Starr, young idealist among the English officers, who seals his own doom when he ventures to intervene and save the cruel edict from being carried out. He recognizes the motives behind it, -- the cupidity of some of the English, the personal bias of others. His efforts were fruitless; Barbe and her father were sent to Virginia, the rest of the family were scattered, and years passed before Starr won his own freedom and -- after abandoning his search, found them in Williamsburg. A pleasant tele, with colorful and authentic details of background and life, but with cardboard figures against the backdrop.

Pub Date: March 22nd, 1943
Publisher: Harper