EVANGELINE AND THE ACADIANS by Robert Tallant

EVANGELINE AND THE ACADIANS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Robert Tallant again turns his attention to a regional story, this time with historical interest as well. He records here the simmering mistrust and the long years of uneasy peace between French and British in Nova Scotia. The author traces the bitter weed of mass expulsion to its far reaching roots in fear. . . The British, anxious over French-Indian sympathy, demanded an oath of allegiance from the Acadians. In a sad imbroglio of tangled loyalties the French could not comply. The emotional wrench of the exodus is set forth clearly. The story of Emmeline Labiche, probable prototype of Longfellow's Evangeline, is treated cursorily. The melancholy wanderings of the uprooted are followed to the southern colonies of the British, across the sea to France and England, and full circle, to the Louisiana settlement where to this day the word Cajun echoes the word Acadian. Far more attention is devoted to the entire colony of Acadians than to Emmeline Labiche.

ISBN: 1565540905
Publisher: Random House