Notes From Exile

by Clive Doucet

McClelland & Stewart | August 12, 1999 | Hardcover

Notes From Exile is rated 5 out of 5 by 1.
What it means to be a people without a nation is one of the more haunting problems of our times. In the twentieth century, this has been an immense issue for Jews, for the Romanies, and for African-Americans; it has been a question for Acadians for more than 350 years.

In 1755, in retribution for their refusal to bear arms, all Acadians were deported from their homeland around the Bay of Fundy in what is today Canada’s Maritime region. Ever since, they have worked hard to keep a sense of their identity as Acadians, no matter whether they lived in New Brunswick or Louisiana, Nova Scotia or Texas.

Clive Doucet has wrestled with the question of Acadian identity since his childhood, when he spent some unforgettable summers with his paternal grandparents in an Acadian village in Nova Scotia and others with his maternal grandparents in London, England. In 1994, he joined with a quarter of a million other Acadians in their first ever reunion as a people, in New Brunswick, Canada. It inspired him to write Notes from Exile, which is in part a charming story of his childhood holidays, a heartwarming account of “les Retrouvailles,” and an eye-opening history of the Acadians, woven into a whole by a thoughtful, challenging consideration of what it means to be Acadian in a world without Acadie.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 224 pages, 8.75 × 5.75 × 1 in

Published: August 12, 1999

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0771028393

ISBN - 13: 9780771028397

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eye Opener I spent a good time of my youth growing up in Neguac, New Brunswick on the Acadian coast. My Mom descends from French/Scottish and my Dad from English/Irish. In our home the Acadians are those strange people from down the road. Much to my mother's disapproval I fell in love with one but still never understood or appreciated her acadian culture. The book On Being Acadian really is an eye opener, that will appeal to both the historian and general novel reader and leave you in awe.
Date published: 2002-08-28

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Notes From Exile

Notes From Exile

by Clive Doucet

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 224 pages, 8.75 × 5.75 × 1 in

Published: August 12, 1999

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0771028393

ISBN - 13: 9780771028397

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What it means to be a people without a nation is one of the more haunting problems of our times. In the twentieth century, this has been an immense issue for Jews, for the Romanies, and for African-Americans; it has been a question for Acadians for more than 350 years.

In 1755, in retribution for their refusal to bear arms, all Acadians were deported from their homeland around the Bay of Fundy in what is today Canada’s Maritime region. Ever since, they have worked hard to keep a sense of their identity as Acadians, no matter whether they lived in New Brunswick or Louisiana, Nova Scotia or Texas.

Clive Doucet has wrestled with the question of Acadian identity since his childhood, when he spent some unforgettable summers with his paternal grandparents in an Acadian village in Nova Scotia and others with his maternal grandparents in London, England. In 1994, he joined with a quarter of a million other Acadians in their first ever reunion as a people, in New Brunswick, Canada. It inspired him to write Notes from Exile, which is in part a charming story of his childhood holidays, a heartwarming account of “les Retrouvailles,” and an eye-opening history of the Acadians, woven into a whole by a thoughtful, challenging consideration of what it means to be Acadian in a world without Acadie.

About the Author

An urban anthropologist by training, Clive Doucet is a graduate of the universities of Toronto and Montreal, and has worked for many years as a public servant at both the federal and provincial levels. He is current the regional councillor for Capital Ward in Ottawa, Ontario.

Doucet’s literary credits include two novels (Disneyland Please, 1979, and John Coe’s War, 1983), a memoir (My Grandfather’s Cape Breton, 1980), novellas (The Gospel According to Mary Magdalene, 1990, and The Priest’s Boy, 1992) and three books of poetry. He has written several plays, one of which, Hatching Eggs, was produced at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. Clive Doucet has also worked with the CBC, covering the first world reunion of the Acadians in New Brunswick for CBC Radio. Doucet, whose Acadian name is Clive à Fernand à William à Arsène à Magloire, is married with two children and lives in Ottawa.

From Our Editors

Learn what it means to be Acadian in this heartwarming story. Notes from Exile was inspired by the first-ever reunion of Acadians in 1994. Clive Doucet was impressed by these people who found their way back to New Brunswick -- so impressed that he set out to investigate how a people without a homeland view their place in the world.

Editorial Reviews

“This is imperative reading for anyone whose knowledge of the Acadians comes exclusively from droningly one-sided history lessons and ‘Evangeline.’…Doucet brings Acadie into the living, breathing present.”
–Lynn Coady, Globe and Mail

“Doucet presents readers with a memorable portrait, a richly woven tapestry of history, tradition, and the ties of community connections.”
Ottawa Citizen

“[Notes From Exile] kept me greedily turning pages.”
–David Macfarlane, Globe and Mail