Cowboy: A Novel by Louis HamelinCowboy: A Novel by Louis Hamelin

Cowboy: A Novel

byLouis HamelinTranslated byJean Paul Murray

Hardcover | February 1, 2000

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Set against a backdrop of grey spruce and muskeg, Cowboy tells the story of Gilles DeschÍnes, a twenty-something who moves from Montreal to Grande-Ourse, a northern Quebec town haunted by the grisly memory of a twelve-year-old murder.

Located at the back of beyond, Grande-Ourse is a dismal place with a bleak future. Until, that is, a Quebec consortium buys up the town, wanting to turn it into a hunting and fishing paradise for wealthy Americans seeking city comforts in the middle of nature.

Working as a clerk for the Outfitters' general store, Gilles is confronted by a harsh reality in which Whites are pitted against Natives. He tries to understand, tries to fit in, but only manages to be caught in the middle of two colliding worlds, discovering a colourful cast of characters in the process.

Louis Hamelin burst onto the literary scene in 1989 with his first novel, La Rage, which won the Governor General's Literary Award. With this critically acclaimed novel, Hamelin staked out his territory: the cancerous advance of technology, the rape of the wilderness, the estrangement of contemporary society from matters of the soul. T...
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Title:Cowboy: A NovelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:309 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.4 inPublished:February 1, 2000Publisher:DundurnLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0889242887

ISBN - 13:9780889242883

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Gilles Deschenes, 20-something, moves from Montreal to a small northern-Quebec town haunted by a 12-year-old murder. Grande-Ourse is a town without a future until it turns into a hunting and fishing paradise for wealthy Americans. As he works as a clerk for the local outfitters, he soon comes to realize that the whites and natives are sworn enemies. Gilles tries to understand and fit in, but finds himself stuck in the middle in Louis Hamelin’s Cowboy. Hamelin’s first novel, La Rage, won the Governor General’s Literary Award.

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Cowboy is a novel of northern eccentricity, but it avoids the cute clichs that this can sometimes suggest.

- Andrew Pyper, The Globe and Mail