NCL 5 – The Tin Flute by Gabrielle Roy


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The Tin Flute by Gabrielle Roy (New Canadian Library N5) front coverSeries One

From the Back Cover:

An international best-seller in both French and English, The Tin Flute immediately established its author [Gabrielle Roy] as one of Canada’s greatest novelists. Seldom has a novel received as uniformly high praise from all quarters as this poignant and beautifully written story of the little people in the depression-ridden slums of Montreal. The author’s supreme artistry has made her characters unforgettable and her novel and enduring part of world literature.


The Tin Flute by Gabrielle Roy (New Canadian Library N5)

Series Two

From the Back Cover:

An international best-seller in both French and English, The Tin Flute immediately established its author [Gabrielle Roy] as one of Canada’s greatest novelists. Seldom has a novel received as uniformly high praise from all quarters as this poignant and beautifully written story of the little people in the depression-ridden slums of Montreal. The author’s supreme artistry has made her characters unforgettable and her novel and enduring part of world literature.


The Tin Flute by Gabrielle Roy (New Canadian Library N5)Series Three

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Here, in a brilliant new translation, is the memorable novel that won Gabrielle Roy both the Governor General’s Award for Fiction and the prestigious Prix Fémina of France.

Life in St. Henri, a poverty-stricken district of Montreal, takes a turn for the worse as the Depression makes even subsistence difficult. It is hard for Rose-Anna, a loving mother, to keep her large family together. It is hard for Azarius, her happy-go-lucky husband, to continue to believe in his dreams. Almost as hard is the situation of Florentine, eldest daughter of the family. Working as a waitress in the Five and Ten, giving most of her earnings to her mother, Florentine is trapped between her yearning for happiness and the bleak future to which poverty and her own ignorance condemn her. With compassion and insight, Roy draws a moving picture of economic and emotional despair, and then fills it with the poignant hope that gives her remarkable characters the will to survive.


The Tin Flute by Gabrielle Roy (New Canadian Library) front coverSeries Four

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THE TIN FLUTE, Gabrielle Roy’s first novel, is a classic of Canadian fiction. Imbued with Roy’s unique brand of compassion and compelling understanding, this moving story focuses on a family in the Saint-Henri slums of Montreal, its struggles to overcome poverty and ignorance, and its search for love.

An affecting story of familial tenderness, sacrifice, and survival during the Second World War, THE TIN FLUTE won both the Governor General’s Award and the Prix Femina of France. The novel was made into a critically acclaimed motion picture in 1983.


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From the Back Cover:

The Tin Flute, Gabrielle Roy’s first novel, is a classic of Canadian fiction. Imbued with Roy’s unique brand of compassion and compelling understanding, this moving story focuses on a family in the Saint-Henri slums of Montreal, its struggles to overcome poverty and ignorance, and its search for love.

An affecting story of familial tenderness, sacrifice, and survival during the Second World War, The Tin Flute won both the Governor General’s Award and the Prix Femina of France. The novel was made into a critically acclaimed motion picture in 1983.


The Tin Flute by Gabrielle Roy (New Canadian Library) front coverSeries Six

From the Back Cover:

The Tin Flute, Gabrielle Roy’s first novel, is a classic of Canadian fiction. Imbued with Roy’s unique brand of compassion and compelling understanding, this moving novel follows the lives of a family from the working-class Saint-Henri neighbourhood of Montreal during the Second World War as they struggle to overcome poverty and ignorance, while searching desperately for happiness.

Published for the first time in 1945, The Tin Flute won both the Governor General’s Award and the Prix Fémina of France.

Only a few modern writers…could match [Roy’s] gift for portraying warmth without sentimentality, joy without delusion. Even when her work describes alienation and loneliness, it also reaches out in hope.” – Maclean’s


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