NCL 92 – In the Village of Viger by Duncan Campbell Scott

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In the Village of Viger  was not included in Series One.

In the Village of Viger by Duncan Campbell Scott (New Canadian Library N92) front coverSeries Three

From the Back Cover:

From ghostly tale to character drama, this is a thoroughly satisfying collection of short stories.

Through both his poetry and his prose, Duncan Campbell Scott infused Canadian literature with an awareness of craft. Perhaps more than any other of the turn of the century he strove for a quality that would go beyond the merely popular – and this collection of his short stories demonstrates the measure of his success. The full scope of his fictional range is represented: the humour of “The Wooing of Monsieur Cuerrier”; the tragedy of “The Desjardins”; the violent passions of “Vengeance Is Mine”; the eeriness of “In the Year of 1806”; and the irony of “Labrie’s Wife.”

Chosen from Scott’s three anthologies (In the Village of Viger, The Witching of Elspie, and The Circle of Affection), many of these stories are connected with Viger, a small Quebec town. Whether they describe life in this town – or whether they deal with madness and desperation in the lonely wilds – Scott’s tales offer vivid interpretations of the many sides of human nature.

In the Village of Viger by Duncan Campbell Scott (New Canadian Library) front coverSeries Four

From the Back Cover:

Set in the fictional village of Viger, Duncan Campbell Scott’s ten stories present a community torn apart by madness, festering jealousies, and lifelong animosities.  From the almost demonic presence of the “The Pedler” to the tender innocence of “The Bobolink” and the humour of “The Wooing of Monsieur Cuerrier,” the collection explores a rural village facing the darkness of its own future.

First published in 1896, IN THE VILLAGE OF VIGER is now recognized as a story cycle rather than merely a collection, hence standing at the beginning of  a long tradition that includes such classics as Stephen Leacock’s Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town and Margaret Laurence’s A Bird in the House.

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