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By Paul Simpson-Housley, Glen Norcliffe

In 1759, Voltaire in Candide spoke of Canada as "quelques arpents de neige." For numerous centuries, the picture prevailed and used to be the only most often utilized by poets, writers, and illustrators. Canada was once perceived and portrayed as a chilly, tough, and unforgiving land. this was once now not a land for the fainthearted. Canada has yieled its wealth merely reluctantly, whereas periodically threatening lifestyles itself with its screens of fury. researching its attractiveness and hidden assets calls for endurance and perseverance. a couple of Acres of Snow is a colletion of 22 essays that discover, from the geographer's viewpoint, how poets, artists, and writers have addressed the actual essence of Canada, either panorama and cityscape. "Sense of position" is obviously serious within the works tested during this quantity. incorporated one of the book's many matters are Hugh MacLennan, Gabrielle Roy, Lucius O'Brien, the paintings of the Inuit, Lawren Harris, Malcolm Lowry, C.W. Jefferys, L.M. Montgomery, Elizabeth Bishop, Marmaduke Matthews, Antonine Mailet, and the poetry of jap Canadians.

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Good writers can capture the essence of a place and transpose it through their creative imagination and the intricate yet delicate medium of language to project it into the consciousness of their audience, enabling their readers to become part of that landscape and to share the writers' pleasure and experience of it. Language has the power to arouse pleasure of the senses; a reader caught in the verbal web of a carefully woven scene can not only see but also smell, taste, hear, and touch the environment in his or her imagination.

They knew it because it had been written and painted into existence for them; they could now accept it comfortably for what it was and, thanks to writers such as Hugh MacLennan, they could build new visions of their landscape upon these foundations. NOTES 1 Gabrielle Roy was writing The Tin Flute at about the same time as MacLennan was at work on Barometer Rising. Her novels are generally considered to mark the beginning of modern French Canadian literature, and her landscapes and cityscapes served the same purpose for French Canada as MacLennan's novels did for English Canada.

Rees, Ronald. 1984. Land of Earth and Sky: Landscape Painting of Western Canada. Saskatoon: Western Producer Prairie Books. Ross, Sinclair. 1978. As for Me and My House. : University of Nebraska Press. Roy, Gabrielle. 1966. La Route d'Altamont. Montreal: Editions HMH. J. Lloyd. 1976. Landscape in Literature. Resource Papers for College Geography Series. : Association of American Geographers. Stegner, Wallace. 1966. Wolf Willow: A History, a Story, and a Memory at the Last Plains Frontier. New York: Viking Press.

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