NCL 109 – The Hidden Mountain by Gabrielle Roy


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The Hidden Mountain  was not included in Series One.


The Hidden Mountain by Gabrielle Roy (New Canadian Library N109) front coverSeries Two

From the Back Cover:

The Hidden Mountain is suffused the quiet power and delicacy of feeling that distinguishes Gabrielle Roy’s novels. The eminent French-Canadian author, whose earlier masterpieces include The Tin Flute and Where Nests the Water Hen, here creates a memorable portrait of a young artist driven by his intense desire to capture, through visual images, the elusive vision he pursues single-mindedly. There is magic in her portrayal of the sharply contrasting backgrounds: Canada’s remote northern reaches, the city of Paris, the French countryside. There is warmth in her vivid realization of the people whose lives are touched by the solitary artist. And there is timeless beauty in her haunting treatment of the central theme of artistic dedication and solitude. It is a treatment that is the more poignant and convincing because of its simplicity.


The Hidden Mountain by Gabrielle Roy (New Canadian Library N109) front coverSeries Three

From the Back Cover:

The poignant story of an artist’s never-ending search for the truth of his personal vision.

In the vast stretches of Canada’s far north, a young man makes a lonely journey. Enduring the emptiness of a land that is as harsh as it is beautiful, he is driven onward by the need to use the pencils and the paints that are his most prized possessions. Sometimes he shares his gift with others. An isolated trapper chooses a future wife from a sketch. The inhabitants of an Eskimo village see, for the first time, the trees of the south. But it is only in solitude that the artist can sense real purpose in his work; and it is only when he attempts to capture the grandeur of a single mountain on canvas that he approaches an understanding of its meaning.

In this metaphorical novel, the hidden mountain is as much a symbol as it is a lofty landmark. And as Gabrielle Roy traces the course of an artistic quest – from the desolate northlands to the vibrant city of Paris – her novel becomes both a portrait of a time and place, and a parable about the individual’s need for self-discovery.


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