NCL 122 – The Temptations of Big Bear by Rudy Weibe


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The Temptations of Big Bear  was not included in Series One.


The Temptations of Big Bear by Rudy Wiebe (New Canadian Library N122)Series Two

From the Back Cover:

“What can that mean, I and my family will have a ‘reserve of one square mile’?” So asks Big Bear of Governor Morris, come to impose a square treaty on the round, buffalo-covered world of the Plains Cree. As the buffalo vanish and the tension builds to the second Riel Rebellion, Big Bear alone of the prairie chiefs keeps up pressure for a better treaty by refusing to choose a reserve.

The Temptations of Big Bear is Big Bear’s story, and the story of Wandering Spirit, of Kitty McLean and John McDougall, that is told in this novel with rare and penetrating power. Exploring Big Bear’s isolated struggle, Wiebe has encompassed in one creative sweep not only his hero’s struggle for integrity, but the whole range and richness of the Plains culture. Here is the giant circle of the prairie horizon, and the joy, the sorrow, the pain and the triumph and the violence of unconquerable human beings faced with destruction.

Acclaimed as one of Canada’s foremost novelists, Rudy Wiebe’s reputation began in 1962 with the publication of his first novel, Peace Shall Destroy Many. His other books include two more novels, First and Vital Candle and The Blue Mountains of China, and one collection of short stories, Where Is the Voice Coming From? The Temptations of Big Bear is his most recent novel and won the Governor General’s Award for Fiction in 1973.


The Temptations of Big Bear by Rudy Wiebe (New Canadian Library) front coverSeries Four

From the Back Cover:

In 1876, Big bear, a Plains Cree, stands alone among the prairie chiefs in his refusal to choose a reserve and acknowledge white ownership of the land. His own vision comprehends a new Canadian Northwest in which all peoples can live together in peace.

THE TEMPTATIONS OF BIG BEAR is Rudy Wiebe’s magnificent interpretation of western Canadian history, which encompasses not only his hero’s struggle for integrity but also the whole range of richness of the Plains culture. Here is the giant circle of the prairie horizon, and the joy, the sorrow, the pain, the triumph, and the violence of unconquerable human beings faced with destruction.

THE TEMPTATIONS OF BIG BEAR won the Governor General’s Award for Fiction in 1973.


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