Memoirs Of A Less Traveled Road: A Historian's Life

by Marcel Trudel

VEHICULE PRESS | November 16, 2002 | Trade Paperback

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Winner of the Governor General''s Award for translation Memoirs of a Less Traveled Road: A Historian''s Life is the absorbing and candid story of Marcel Trudel''s journey from the small village of Saint-Narcisse-de-Champlain, where he was born in 1917, to become one of Canada''s major historians. Trudel recreates his youth as the child of a poor family that broke up after the early death of his mother, and the years with his adopted family where, as a lonely child, he learned to love books. His lively descriptions draw the reader into the now-vanished world of life of a boarder in the strictly regimented collèges classiques of his day, and later the vicissitudes of academic life. A brilliant student and tireless researcher, Trudel nevertheless had an intrepid streak that drove him to challenge accepted attitudes, despite reprimands and setbacks. At crucial moments of his life, he took "the road less traveled by," and that made all the difference. This book, dedicated to his granddaughter Catherine, is by turns amusing, touching, and deeply informative about the conflicting attitudes that led to the Quiet Revolution.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 240 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 in

Published: November 16, 2002

Publisher: VEHICULE PRESS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1550651560

ISBN - 13: 9781550651560

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Memoirs Of A Less Traveled Road: A Historian's Life

by Marcel Trudel

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 240 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 in

Published: November 16, 2002

Publisher: VEHICULE PRESS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1550651560

ISBN - 13: 9781550651560

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Winner of the Governor General''s Award for translation Memoirs of a Less Traveled Road: A Historian''s Life is the absorbing and candid story of Marcel Trudel''s journey from the small village of Saint-Narcisse-de-Champlain, where he was born in 1917, to become one of Canada''s major historians. Trudel recreates his youth as the child of a poor family that broke up after the early death of his mother, and the years with his adopted family where, as a lonely child, he learned to love books. His lively descriptions draw the reader into the now-vanished world of life of a boarder in the strictly regimented collèges classiques of his day, and later the vicissitudes of academic life. A brilliant student and tireless researcher, Trudel nevertheless had an intrepid streak that drove him to challenge accepted attitudes, despite reprimands and setbacks. At crucial moments of his life, he took "the road less traveled by," and that made all the difference. This book, dedicated to his granddaughter Catherine, is by turns amusing, touching, and deeply informative about the conflicting attitudes that led to the Quiet Revolution.

About the Author

Marcel Trudel was an eminent Canadian historian and a respected authority on the history of New France. A fervent advocate of the secular society, he was blacklisted by the Catholic Church from teaching at Laval University in the early 1960s, then taught for several decades at the University of Ottawa. He was an award-winning author of more than 40 books, many of them translated into other languages. Trudel died in 2011.
George Tombs is a Montreal-based author, film-maker, award-winning journalist and translator.

In 1988 Jane Brierley was a Governor General''s Award finalist for A Man of Sentiment: The Memoirs of Philippe-Joseph Aubert de Gaspé. In 1990 she won the Governor General''s Award for her translation of de Gaspé''s stories, Yellow-Wolf & Other Tales of the Saint Lawrence.

Editorial Reviews

"A wonderful example of an intellectual, a humanist, and a man at peace with himself, looking at the path his life has taken."--Jean Basile, La Presse "[Trudel] has given us a deeper understanding of a now-vanished Quebec and the role that historical research and teaching have played in the province's transformation since the 1960s."--Montreal Review of Books, Fall/Winter 2002 "This English translation of historian Marcel Trudel's memoirs by Jane Brierley brings the story of one of the masters of modern Quebec historiography to a wider audience."--The Beaver: Canada's History Magazine, June/July 2003 "All will marvel at Jane Brierley's translation of this unique and in some ways peculiar work."--Canadian Literature, 2003
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