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La Salle : a novel

Author: John Vernon
Publisher: New York : Viking, 1986.
Edition/Format:   Book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The Sieur de La Salle's story begins in 1682, when he sets out with twenty-two Frenchmen, eighteen Indians, and his always-grumbling, epileptic cartographer, Pierre Goupil, to chart the length of the Mississippi River. In the course of this novel, in the form of diary entries by La Sale and Goupil, we see early America as seldom before--a world as foreign to us as any, for, as author Vernon points out, "the map of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Biographical fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Vernon, John, 1943-
Salle.
New York : Viking, 1986
(OCoLC)767700079
Named Person: Robert Cavelier La Salle, sieur de; Robert Cavelier La Salle, sieur de; Robert Cavelier La Salle, sieur de
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Vernon
ISBN: 067080083X 9780670800834
OCLC Number: 13010167
Notes: Maps on lining papers.
Description: 240 pages : maps ; 24 cm
Responsibility: John Vernon.

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The Sieur de La Salle's story begins in 1682, when he sets out with twenty-two Frenchmen, eighteen Indians, and his always-grumbling, epileptic cartographer, Pierre Goupil, to chart the length of the Mississippi River. In the course of this novel, in the form of diary entries by La Sale and Goupil, we see early America as seldom before--a world as foreign to us as any, for, as author Vernon points out, "the map of North America, so etched in our imaginations, with the great furrow of the Mississippi River running down the center of it, did not yet exist for these colonists." For them, North America is a vivid and dangerous dream of hardship, madness, and poetry. In their often conflicting and always vigorous styles, the two describe their journey into the wilderness and a world in which the reason and religion of Europe have no place.--From publisher description.

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