NCL 129 – The Road Past Altamont by Gabrielle Roy


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The Road Past Altamont  was not included in Series One.


The Road Past Altamont by Gabrielle Roy (New Canadian Library N129) front coverSeries Two

From the Back Cover:

A shimmering, haunting, poignant book by the world-acclaimed authoress of The Tin Flute and Where Nests the Water Hen…The Road Past Altamont pierces to the heart of a child’s world, creating a delicate, yet immeasurably substantial network of impressions, emotions, and human relationships. Gabrielle Roy’s beautifully balanced fiction is a masterpiece of subtle strength, a carefully designed and constructive novel, whose power gradually unfolds to imprint itself on the readers mind – just as her genius has imprinted itself on Canadian literature, both in English and French. The character of the child Christine and of her French-Canadian milieu in the midst of Manitoba’s oceanic vastness are conveyed in writing trimmed of extraneous embellishments, free of any falsity. Each page of The Road Past Altamont attests to the greatness of Gabrielle Roy’s remarkable talent.

The novels of Gabrielle Roy have won her two Governor General’s Awards for Fiction, the Prix Fémina, and medals from the Académie française and the Acadéeie canadienne-française. In 1967 she was among the first Canadians to receive the Order of Canada.


The Road Past Altamont by Gabrielle Roy (New Canadian Library) front coverSeries Six

From the Back Cover:

In the highly acclaimed Street of Riches, Gabrielle Roy introduced the unforgettable characters of Christine and her vibrant, full-blooded family. In The Road Past Altamont, she daringly returns to the same characters and nearly identical timespan, and in four connected stories about a young girl’s growing up in Manitoba and her decision to become a writer creates a new and deeply personal story. Into this haunting and poignant tale, Roy weaves a delicate but substantial network of impressions, emotions, and human relationships.

“[This] book is quite outside the trend of modern fiction….Yet, with a craft so adroit that it seems like instinct itself, it lights up many thoroughfares of the human heart. Miss Roy takes the very pulse of wonder, love, aging, the dividends of solitude, the interweaving of generations.” – New York Times Book Review


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