Susanna Moodie

Susanna Moodie

Roughing It in the Bush

Book - 2016
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Carol Shields was fascinated by the life and writing of Susanna Moodie. Moodie was a Romantic writer from a celebrated literary family whose life changed forever when she and her husband left England for the backwoods of Canada in 1832. The Moodies, utterly unprepared for their new life, soon found themselves starving in the hostile wilderness of Upper Canada. Susanna began publishing her writing to feed and clothe her growing family. The result was the novel Roughing It in the Bush--an aggravated and acerbic testament to settler life that was praised in England but turned Moodie into a controversial figure in Canada. Two centuries later, Moodie is honored by many as an early feminist and literary pioneer.

Shields' long fascination with Moodie led her to collaborate on a screenplay with Patrick Crowe, which has now found its way to the world as a graphic novel. A talented adaptation by Willow Dawson and emotionally complex illustrations by Selena Goulding bring the words of the controversial and fascinating Susanna Moodie to life through the insightful personality of Carol Shields. Includes a rousing introduction by Margaret Atwood.
Publisher: Toronto : Second Story Press, ©2016.
ISBN: 9781772600032
Characteristics: 142 pagaes :,colour illustrations ;,25 cm.


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Apr 25, 2018

Hated the illustrations. Archaic language. Story of a spoiled Brit.

Sep 05, 2016

I picked up this book because I had learned about Susanna Moodie in Socials 10. I fully expected a retelling of the autobiography, in the whinny, spoiled voice it's told in. Instead it turned out to be a wonderfully story that was well illustrated and written. It also perfectly captured the feeling, struggle and resilance of Susanna. Though fictionized, I learned a lot while still enjoying a good story.

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