Evangeline

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As the British drove the French out of mid-eighteenth century Acadia (present day Nova Scotia), the beautiful seventeen-year-old Evangeline Bellefontaine is torn by British soldiers from her fiancé, Gabriel Lajeunesse, on the eve of their wedding. Heartbroken but determined, Evangeline-along with illegal trapper Bernard Arseneau and priest Felician Abadie-sets out on a ten-year journey to the French-Spanish colony of Louisiana to seek her long-lost love. Evangeline's epic quest to find Gabriel brings her and her ...

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As the British drove the French out of mid-eighteenth century Acadia (present day Nova Scotia), the beautiful seventeen-year-old Evangeline Bellefontaine is torn by British soldiers from her fiancé, Gabriel Lajeunesse, on the eve of their wedding. Heartbroken but determined, Evangeline-along with illegal trapper Bernard Arseneau and priest Felician Abadie-sets out on a ten-year journey to the French-Spanish colony of Louisiana to seek her long-lost love. Evangeline's epic quest to find Gabriel brings her and her companions across North America's colonial wilderness, through the French and Indian War, and into New Orleans' rebellion against Spanish rule. The influence of Evangeline can still be found at every stop of her epic journey.

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In his debut novel, inspired by Longfellow's epic poem of the same name, Farmer builds a compellingly detailed historical foundation for a story that unfortunately falls flat. Thanks to British forces' 18th century "Great Expulsion" of Acadia (present-day Nova Scotia), French lovers Evangeline and Gabriel end up hundreds of miles apart. Describing their new lives, and Evangeline's subsequent cross-country journey to find her fiancé, Farmer delivers an evocative impression of American colonial and frontier life; his descriptions of everything from the Maryland frontier to a Louisiana swamp settlement give a real sense of the New World's newness. His characters are less well-conceived; though Evangeline and Gabriel's romance is realistically complicated by personal faults and long separation, Farmer doesn't invest enough in the couple early on to keep readers' interest. Supporting players, including an arrogant priest and a depressive trapper, add little, and narrative jumpiness proves supremely frustrating. Despite (or perhaps because of) a meticulously-rendered setting, Farmer's characters remain underdeveloped, sabotaging the passion-driven plot.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590200438
  • Publisher: Overlook Press, The
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Pages: 380
  • Product dimensions: 6.58 (w) x 9.58 (h) x 1.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Ben Farmer graduated from Kenyon College and lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, where he teaches high school. This is his debut novel.

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  • Posted April 28, 2010

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    an intriguing novelization of the classic Longfellow poem

    In 1755 the British army ruthlessly marches through one of their colonies Acadia to evict the unwelcome French citizens from their homes and loved ones. Families are torn apart without regard as ethnic cleansing of the French Catholics is the regal policy.

    As part of the royal eviction, lovers Evangeline Bellefontaine and Gabriel Lajeunesse are separated, deported, and sent to different areas in the colonies that leave them several hundred miles from one another. Evangeline makes a concerted effort to find the love of her life. Her trek is dangerous but she believes it is worth it though he may be in the lower English colonies, out west amidst the French colonies, or as far away as the Louisiana bayous where many Acadians ended up after the "Great Expulsion"; she chooses Louisiana on a decade odyssey accompanied by trapper Bernard Arseneau and priest Father Felician.

    Ben Farmer provides an intriguing novelization of the classic Longfellow poem. The story line brings to life the French-British conflict in North America as it intrudes on colonial existence. Although the history overwhelms the cast even the title character, readers will enjoy Mr. Farmer's detailed impressive look at the impact of the hostilities between the French and British had on the North American colonists and the regional Indian tribes

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted March 13, 2011

    Great Adaptation

    He knows his stuff and it comes through.

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