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Savage Lands (Paperback)

Author:  Clare Clark
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0547386435
ISBN-13: 9780547386430
Sku: 211970860
Publish Date: 10/4/2010
Pages:  405
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A journey into the wilds of French Louisiana, where a woman shipped from France as a bride and a boy raised by natives are joined by their love of a ruthless soldier, in the latest historical novel from Clare Clark.
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It is 1704 and, while the Sun King Louis XIV rules France from the splendour of Versailles, Louisiana, the new and vast colony named in his honour, is home to fewer than two hundred souls. When a demand is sent requesting wives be dispatched for the struggling settlers, Elisabeth is among the twenty-three girls who set sail from France to be married to men of whom they know absolutely nothing. Educated and skeptical, Elisabeth has little hope for happiness in her new life. It is to her astonishment that she, alone among the brides, finds herself passionately in love with her new husband, Jean-Claude, a charismatic and ruthlessly ambitious soldier.

Auguste, a poor cabin boy from Rochefort, must also adjust to a startlingly unexpected future. Abandoned in a remote native village, he is charged by the colony’s governor with mastering the tribe’s strange language while reporting back on their activities. It is there that he is befriended by Elisabeth’s husband as he begins the slow process of assimilation back into life among the French.

The love Elisabeth and Auguste share for Jean-Claude changes both of their lives irrevocably. When in time he betrays them both, they find themselves bound together in ways they never anticipated.

With the same compelling prose and vividly realized characters that won her widespread acclaim for THE GREAT STINK and THE NATURE OF MONSTERS, Clare Clark takes us deep into the heart of colonial French Louisiana.

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Clare Clark's third novel uses precise historical detail and vivid natural descriptions to evoke a community of 18th-century French settlers in the Louisiana territory. Clark's story focuses on Elisabeth, an intellectual woman who has been dispatched to America to serve as bride to a stranger, and Auguste, a young outcast who has been ordered to live with the Native Americans to learn their language and habits. These two lines of narrative twine their way around Elisabeth's assigned husband, a dashing soldier named Jean-Claude, who simultaneously charms his way through his reluctant wife's defenses and earns Auguste's trust and admiration. Clark's extensive research and attention to specificity are evident on every page, as she succeeds magnificently in linking the actions and intentions of her characters with the verdant landscape they inhabit.

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"SAVAGE LANDS is a good old-fashioned...19th-century novel, with all the weight of material detail and all the unexpected turns of plot and shifts of time and place that we expect from such productions. The physical world of Louisiana, its bursting ripeness and rot, becomes a metaphor for the characters' inner lives, and this is undoubtedly where the novel's strength lives." - John Vernon 02/07/2010

"Clark's dense, feverish prose....evokes vividly, indeed relentlessly, the exotic setting, the toil and privation of life beyond civilization, and she deserves credit for the intensive research that enables her to do so." - Amanda Heller 02/21/2010

"Clark's descriptions of the land -- brutally hot, swampy, fetid with stagnant, mosquito-breeding water, unprotected from devastating spring floods and autumn hurricanes -- provide a richly atmospheric backdrop for the intertwined lives of three settlers who are newcomers to this unwelcoming terrain....Clark keeps her plot fresh and compelling by immersing us in the primitive conditions these colonists endure....[Her] commitment to historical color is matched by the dramatic arc of an engrossing story." - Sybil Steinberg 02/24/2010

"[I]ntricately plotted and thick with intr4igue, SAVAGE LANDS gives us an insight into an overlooked era....[Clark] is at her best when describing human suffering...where the intensity of pain demands that literary adornment be kept in check." - Stephanie Bishop 03/05/2010

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