Elle by Douglas GloverElle by Douglas Glover


byDouglas GloverAfterword byLawrence Mathews

Paperback | September 7, 2007

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Winner, Governor General's Award for Fiction

Shortlisted, IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and Commonwealth Writers' Prize

A 16th-century belle turned Robinson Crusoe, a female Don Quixote with an Inuit Sancho Panza — this is the heroine of the novel that won the 2003 Governor General's Award. Elle is a lusty, subversive riff on the discovery of the New World, the moment of first contact.

Based on what might be a true story, the novel chronicles the ordeals and adventures of a young French woman marooned on the desolate Isle of Demons during Jacques Cartier's ill-fated third and last attempt to colonize Canada.

In this new readers' guide edition, Douglas Glover's carnal whirlwind of myth and story, of beauty and hilarity brings the past violently and unexpectedly into the present. His well-known scatological realism, exuberant violence, and dark, unsettling humour give his unique version of history a thoroughly modern chill.

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Douglas Glover was recipient of the 2006 Writers' Trust of Canada Timothy Findley Award for his body of work. His bestselling novel Elle won the Governor-General's Award and was a finalist for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. A Guide to Animal Behaviour was a finalist for the 1991 Governor-General's Award, and 16 Categor...
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Title:ElleFormat:PaperbackDimensions:226 pages, 8.5 × 5.52 × 0.52 inPublished:September 7, 2007Publisher:GSELanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0864924925

ISBN - 13:9780864924926

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from As Queen Would Say.... ...."no no no no no no NO" I did not like it. Can you tell?
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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read Definitely not for everyone - it gets rather odd partway through - but if you enjoy historical fiction and magic realism you'll enjoy it!
Date published: 2017-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful This is historical fiction at its finest.
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"[Elle is] a maginificent hail Mary of pure imagination . . . a ribald, raunchy wit with a talent for searing self-investigation . . . Glover's prose throughout, while being consistent in voice, is also a rich blend of elegance and punch, raw affect and slippery allusion." — Globe and Mail