Roughing It In The Bush by Susanna Moodie

Roughing It In The Bush

bySusanna Moodie

Kobo ebook | August 18, 2009

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Available for the first time in enriched e-book format, this edition offers visual and historical insights into Susanna Moodie's writing via electronic weblinks. Like a full-colour footnote, select words and phrases throughout the book are links to websites that contain a wealth of additional information, pictures, definitions and historical information that gives context to the text. Now, with the click of a mouse, you can investigate the world of Moodie's Upper Canada without having to leave your screen. Roughing It in the Bush, first published in 1852, helped to destroy British illusions about life in Upper Canada. Susanna Moodie described a life of backbreaking labour, poverty, and hardship on a pioneer farm in the colonial wilderness. Her sharp observations, satirical character sketches, and moments of despair and terror were a startling contrast to the widely circulated optimistic accounts of life in British North America, written to entice readers across the Atlantic. The spontaneity, wit, and candour of Moodie’s account of life on a backwoods farm give Roughing It in the Bush enduring appeal. "Roughing It in the Bush" is an extraordinarily detailed record of pioneer life. It is also a journey of exploration and revelation into Moodie’s own character, as we watch her grow from ill-prepared immigrant to spirited survivor." —Charlotte Gray

Title:Roughing It In The BushFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:August 18, 2009Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0143174738

ISBN - 13:9780143174738

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Great, Important, Boring Roughing it in the Bush is one of those books that is undeniably important (within its own limited sphere of influence). But it is also way more important than it is readable. As an icon of Canadian Literature, Susanna Moodie has particular importance for Feminist Canadian writers. Her work has directly inspired many Canadian memoirs by women, and Margaret Atwood, one of Canada's most honoured writers, found inspiration in it for her poetry cycle, The Journals of Susanna Moodie. But Moodie's memoir, Roughing it in the Bush, is an excruciating read. Moodie was a bourgeois English woman who immigrated to Upper Canada with her military husband, retired after the Napoleonic Wars. Roughing it in the Bush details the "immigrant experience" as Moodie sees it, and one is unlikely to find a more bitter, whiny, unsavory expression of an immigrant's tribulations anywhere else in literature. Moodie complains about everything. She hates the weather, she hates the work, she hates the lack of culture, and she hates life. And all I could think when I read her whining, and all I can still think, is "Waaaah, waaaah! Suck it up!" Moodie was a spoiled, miserable woman -- at least during the period she covers in Roughing it in the Bush -- and I, for one, found it almost impossible to sympathize with her. Add to that the fact that Moodie's writing style, very much of her time and place in the world, was painfully boring, and you can imagine the joy this book can bring to anyone who reads it from cover to cover. Had I not been reading this for a course, and had I not chosen to write my final essay on Atwood's The Journals of Susanna Moodie (which I much prefer), I never would have finished Roughing it in the Bush. And yes, I hated it, but I am giving Roughing it in the Bush a second leaf simply because it is important, and I can't deny Moodie's place in Canadian literary history. But still...ugh!
Date published: 2009-06-28