Canada with Governor General Lisgar - 1868: and Lady Adelaide, Prince Arthur and Charlotte by Jennifer CookCanada with Governor General Lisgar - 1868: and Lady Adelaide, Prince Arthur and Charlotte by Jennifer Cook

Canada with Governor General Lisgar - 1868: and Lady Adelaide, Prince Arthur and Charlotte

byJennifer Cook

Paperback | May 31, 2004

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Charlotte Moore, sixteen and just out of the schoolroom, accompanies her cousins Sir John Young, Governor General Lisgar, and Lady Adelaide Young from Ireland to Ottawa in 1868. Life in Canada is exciting, especially with the arrival of Prince Arthur, Queen Victoria´s favorite son, for a year's military training in the northern dominion. In Ottawa the highlights are the opening of a new session of Parliament, horse-racing, tobogganing, shooting, the timber slides, balls in honour of HRH and visits to the elderly, orphans and the circus. Further afield, there are the London Exhibition, troubles in the Red River Settlement and a Fenian Raid. A special occasion for Prince Arthur is becoming a Chief of the Six Nations in Brantford, Ontario.
Jennifer Cook travelled to Ireland, London, the Ionian Islands and in Canada, following in the footsteps of Baron Lisgar, as she searched for the man behind the offices he held as a Member of Parliament and Governor General. She hopes she has succeeded in conveying that he was a caring man, who believed in a strong future for Canada. S...
Title:Canada with Governor General Lisgar - 1868: and Lady Adelaide, Prince Arthur and CharlotteFormat:PaperbackDimensions:167 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.4 inPublished:May 31, 2004Publisher:Borealis PressLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Third Novel for Ottawa Writer It’s getting to be something of a habit! First it was Flight across the Mekong, published in 1999; then it was An Iranian Mosaic released in 2003; and now this year it’s Canada with Governor General Lisgar, Jennifer Cook’s latest historical novel. All this while holding down a very demanding job as a public servant! Canada with Governor General Lisgar is the personal journal of Charlotte, a young woman who journeys from Ireland to Canada to work as a member of Lisgar’s staff during his tenure as Canada’s Governor General in the late nineteenth century. Conveyed through the romantic lens of a young monarchist of the period, the journal captures the enchantment of being caught up in the splendour and magnificence of high office; and the excitement of meeting and socializing with royalty, falling in love, and attending political ceremonies and high society events. Intermingled with descriptions of these events are observations on a people and a way of life - customs, cuisine, climate, and leisure – so different from what the young diarist would have been accustomed to back home in the old country in County Cavan. All three of Jennifer Cook’s novels share a common purpose and employ a similar strategy. They seek to broaden the young reader’s cultural and ethnic horizons by setting an exciting story within a carefully detailed historic-cultural context. In this way the author artfully combines information with entertainment, a formula that as we all know from our schooldays, is the secret of the successful teacher. The three novels also employ Jennifer Cook’s signature style. Sentences are easy to digest. They are clear and crisp yet rich in descriptive tone. Each of the large number of chapters is short and tightly thematic, engaging the reader right from the first sentence. Before you realise it, you’ve already reached the end of the chapter! In this latest novel, chapters constitute Charlotte’s journal entries -- verbal snapshots, as it were, of a journey, an encounter, or an event -- often in the form of a letter written or received. Canada with Governor General Lisgar is different from Jennifer’s previous two novels in a few important ways, however. In the first place, though her principal characters are related to Lisgar in a fictional sense only, Jennifer Cook is actually descended directly from John Francis (Jack) Moore, who served as Lisgar’s aide de camp in Ottawa and whose family accompanied him there. (Jack and his family are featured prominently in the story). This real life connection allows the author to enter more completely into the persona of her principal character -- an identification, which gives convincing effect to the first person narrative form. In the second place, the story is set in Canada, and largely in Ottawa, Cook’s own city, rather than in a foreign land. Jennifer’s own intimate familiarity with the story’s social, cultural and physical context enables her to weave her fictional descriptions seamlessly within the fabric of actual historical frames. This, in the present writer’s view, is the particular achievement and strength of Jennifer Cook’s most recent novel. Canada with Governor General Lisgar is a very well researched historical novel. It provides a wealth of description of people and events that invites the reader to imaginatively enter and enjoy the world of late nineteenth century Ottawa.
Date published: 2005-03-15