A Life of Her Own: A Countrywoman in Twentieth-Century France / Edition 1

A Life of Her Own: A Countrywoman in Twentieth-Century France / Edition 1

by Émilie Carles
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Rutgers University Press

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A Life of Her Own: A Countrywoman in Twentieth-Century France / Edition 1

Published in France in 1977 as Une Soupe aux Herbes Sauvages, this autobiography of a peasant woman reared in the stony insularity of a tiny Alpine village reveals the unfolding of a formidable person. Carles, born in 1900, writes of her life in the mountains coountry of southern France as comprising "so many different things, funny or tragic, picturesque or cruel." She takes the reader into her beloved Claree Valley where she as a young child in a motherless family labored alongside her father in the fields; it is where her schooling began and where she recognized her intelligence as the key to the outer world. Primitive village life and the patriarchal though loving structure of her family are background for Carles's full, nonconformist life as teacher, farmer, mother, feminist and political activist. The memoir brings to life a captivating woman

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ISBN-13: 9780813516417
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication date: 03/01/1991
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.81(d)

Table of Contents

Translator's Notexvii
A Life of Her Own
Part 1
Chapter 1A Tree That Died for Want of Sap5
Chapter 2Wolves in the Valley15
Chapter 3Tied Down on a Mule25
Chapter 4A Family Portrait31
Chapter 5Learning to Read41
Chapter 6They Died for Their Country51
Chapter 7And the Wind Would Carry Me Off Like a Bird59
Chapter 8Just As It Was in the Middle Ages65
Chapter 9Farewell, Joseph73
Chapter 10Thou Shalt Not Kill79
Chapter 11"It's When You Spits"85
Chapter 12Beware the Loose Woman93
Chapter 13Three Stories Plus One More101
Chapter 14One of Their Own109
Chapter 15Fatback and Wine-Soaked Bread113
Chapter 16The Story of Marie-Rose119
Chapter 17If I'd Been a Washerwoman Beside a Stream...125
Chapter 18"Joseph, You're a Thief!"133
Chapter 19A Second Family139
Part 2
Chapter 20You Have a Right to a Life of Your Own145
Chapter 21Paris Is Well Worth a Mass149
Chapter 22Against All Comers153
Chapter 23Does Your Teacher Hit You?161
Chapter 24My Four Wards167
Chapter 25The Golden Age175
Chapter 26Like a Bird Fallen from the Nest187
Chapter 27The Phony War195
Chapter 28Nine Names for a Hostage List209
Chapter 29Schoolteacher in Val-des-Pres221
Chapter 30Farewell to Jean Carles231
Chapter 31The Wolves Are Back239
Chapter 32November 11, 1977257

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