Wild Geese

Wild Geese

Paperback - 2008
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Wild Geese caused a sensation when it was first published in 1925. To a generation bred on sentimental escapist literature, the idea of a heroine as wild as a bronco and as fiery as a tigress was nothing short of revolutionary. In the character of Judith Gare, Martha Ostenso had painted so naked and uncompromising a portrait of human passion and need that it crossed all bounds of propriety and convention.

Today, Wild Geese is widely recognized as a milestone in the development of modern realist fiction. Set on the windswept prairies, it is a story of love and tyranny, of destruction and survival, told with vigour and lyric beauty. It is also a poignant evocation of loneliness, which, like the call of the wild geese, is beyond human warmth, beyond tragedy, "an endless quest."

From the Paperback edition.
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland and Stewart, 2008, c1961.
Edition: New Canadian library edition
ISBN: 9780771093944
Characteristics: 323 pages ;,20 cm.


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Sep 20, 2010

Canadians today accept a range of relationships. Because of our current tolerance, many young people may find it hard to believe the terrible shame once associated with illegitimacy.

Ostenso’s account of one man’s cruel hold over his family in 1925 shows how far we’ve come on this. The story unfolds around Judith’s bid to be free of her father’s tyranny, a power enforced by her mother’s dreadful secret. Tension between freedom and bondage is reflected in the isolation of the Canadian prairie—its land and its weather. This early feminist novel provides insight for people of all ages.

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