This Godforsaken Place



The Year Is And Abigail Peacock Is Resisting What Seems To Be An Inevitable Future A Sensible Career As A Teacher And Marriage To The Earnestly Attentive Local StoreownerBut Then She Buys A Rifle, And Everything Changes This Godforsaken Place Is The Absorbing Tale Of One Tenacious Woman S Journey Set Against The Dramatic Backdrop Of The Canadian Wilderness And American Wild West Told By Four Narrators Including Annie Oakley And Gabriel Dumont Abigail S Story Brings The High Stakes Of The New World Into Startling FocusThis Godforsaken Place

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  • Paperback
  • 224 pages
  • This Godforsaken Place
  • Cinda Gault
  • 21 October 2019
  • 1927366410

10 thoughts on “This Godforsaken Place

  1. says:

    this book has been out for a month and there are still no reviews for it which is pretty telling i read an arc of it last fall, so i m drawing upon my long ago memories of it and the notes and foldy pages in my copy, but it didn t really leave much of an impression on me and now i learn that my inability to review it has hindered erica in her professional life, which makes me evenguilty feeling.

  2. says:

    i reviewed this book in ARC form here, but i was told that it had changed significantly before its final, published version which of course made me feel bad because i am someone who feels bad, so i read it again and here we are it definitely has changed from the version i read, and it s somewhatinteresting, but it turns out that the things that were changed weren t really the things i personally had issues with however, i will say that it is much easier to write a review for a book whe i reviewed this book in ARC form here, but i was told that it had changed significantly before its final, published version which of course made me feel bad because i am someone who feels bad, so i read it again and here we are it definitely has changed from the version i read, and it s somewhatinteresting, but it turns out that the things that were changed weren t really the things i personally had issues with however, i will say that it is much easier to write a review for a book when it is fresh in my mind than it is trying to cobble something together months and months after the fact.it starts out fine we are introduced to abigail peacock a narrator very reminiscent of the gruff cranky narrator from True Grit and the novel takes the same shape an older woman looking back on her life and adventures with the perspective of age i really liked her spirit in the prologue, as she complains about the human impulse to record history The occurrence of an event does not mean we should immortalize it or keep going back to it as a dog to vomit. but she is being hounded by someone else to write her story and she says, I know well enough that once he sets his mind on something he will not stop talking about it Since I can stomach only so much jabber, I have resigned myself.and then whoooosh back in time to when she was a young englishwoman in 1885 who, following the death of her mother, moves with her father to the wilderness of wabigoon, canada, to start a new life but it is a hard life Class distinction fell on desolate soil in this country because survival in uniformly rough circumstances depended on other standards Money made paltry difference in a place where there was little to buy Hardship was instead displaced by the ability to hunt, fish, or chop wood.when her father falls ill, abigail finds herself at a loss trapped in a strange land, caring for her father, seeing her future narrow to becoming a wife and teacher and falling victim to the same deathbed regrets as her mother, who lived within a very small compass.of course, the hardships of this new land came with its own regrets Grief is not always caused by a random outside force visited upon the innocent it can be actively solicited by manifestly stupid decisions I should have twigged there was something wrong with a place where land was being given away England s problems were dwarfed by the magnitude of this monstrous country After two years here in Wabigoon, Father, whether he granted it or not, had evidently come to the conclusion that he did, after all, make a mistake, and wanted to follow Mother into the grave I did not blame him.her antipathy to becoming a small woman in a big land leads her to wander in the wilderness, teaching herself to shoot, where she comes across a dying man an outlaw, and her meetings with him culminate in an act that will spur her on to the great adventure of her life, taking her through canada and eventually to new york, where she meets annie oakley and several other historical figures however, the rest of the book does not have the same fun curmudgeonly voice as the prologue, and after that first introduction, i just wasn t connecting with the character, whose moral primness was off putting to me incidentally, also my reaction to True Grit abigail is bucking conventions and standards of femininity by wearing trousers, straddling a horse like a man, shooting guns, and shoveling manure, but she is morally rigid and inflexible in a way that i found irritating, and she s always making these grand pronouncements There is not one mind for the one who follows the law and another for the one who breaks the law There is only the decision If we fight for what is good, the outcome does not matter.andPragmatism is a coward s way out You start with the truth, and you fight for it The outcome is not the issue.overall, i wasn t crazy about this writing style there s something very stiff to it that readslike nonfiction than historical fiction which is the same complaint i had about Wolf Hall, even though i had enjoyed other books by hilary mantel prior to that one and since everyone loved that book, it s clear that that style isn t off putting to everyone, just me.there s just a lot of chunky historical exposition that doesn t flow the way it ought to in a novel In my mind s eye, I reeled at the spectacle of this gigantic movement of men and animals west The job of feeding the men alone required 75,000 pounds of food to be moved, not to mention the 775,000 pounds of forage for the livestock that pulled the wagons to bring the food.and her reflections upon reading in the newspaper the continuing story about louis riel, the resistance leader whose story serves as a backdrop throughout the novel Incredibly, there was no end to Riel s demands He wanted two million acres earmarked as an endowment for the building and maintenance of school, hospitals, and orphanages This he saw as a down payment for the eventual value of a new Northwest Territories nation His calculation was based on a market value of forty cents an acre for the entire area, to be divided between the Indians and Metis at the rate of twenty five cents to the Metis and fifteen cents to the Indians Further, he wanted one hundred thousand dollars for himself, which he considered the value of the land he had to give up back in 1869, when he was banished for his role in the insurrection in Manitoba Although, he insinuated that he might settle for thirty five thousand dollars.that s just a lot to absorb and it feels less narrative than it should it feels like reading a straight history book it s a shame because every so often, abigail lets drop a little of the sniffy attitude i liked in the prologueThis rough country is no place for a woman riding a horse alone.I should have anticipated the reaction, except that having already spent so many days as a woman travelling alone in rough country, I had become sloppy about remembering what was impossible for a woman.which is great and spunky and all that, but earlier on the page, she reverts back to robot, when asked if she is on her way to meet a husbandGoodness, no I am a teacher I plan to settle wherever I find a congenial population wishing to be educatedand sometimes it just takes a long time to unpack a sentence because the language is so clunky The other type of silence deadens all life around it It occurs when everyone in the environment detects a danger that no one has the power to confront The palpable temperature of cold dread is set by the hysterical hope that an oppressive power might remain insensible to its own possibilities.for people who read a lotnonfiction history than i do, this is probably a fantastic book because it is very well researched and it gives insight into the politics and social climate of a time and place that doesn t get a lot of play in fiction i m probably just being a lazy reader, but like Wolf Hall, this felt less like leisure reading andlike school i m still three starring it because i liked a lot of it, and i did learn a thing or two, but it was a lot slower of a read than most 200 page books karenisdumb

  3. says:

    This Godforsaken Place is a well paced work of historical fiction, incorporating such well known characters from Canadian and American history as Gabriel Dumont and Annie Oakley as well as Louis Riel and Bill Cody in ways the reader will never suspect Obviously meticulously researched, it is penned in the voice of an independent, educated female protagonist Abigail Peacock who discovers over the course of the novel that she desires to escape the predictability and monotony of her new worl This Godforsaken Place is a well paced work of historical fiction, incorporating such well known characters from Canadian and American history as Gabriel Dumont and Annie Oakley as well as Louis Riel and Bill Cody in ways the reader will never suspect Obviously meticulously researched, it is penned in the voice of an independent, educated female protagonist Abigail Peacock who discovers over the course of the novel that she desires to escape the predictability and monotony of her new world, small town home to blaze her own trail and experience something truly incredible.The trials, victories, and failures in Abigail s journey of self discovery, and the people she meets along the way, make for a wonderful journey for the reader as well I highly recommend it to anyone interested in North American history, tales of self discovery, or accounts of wonderful journeys across lands unknown

  4. says:

    Best book I have read in a long time Google the title for positive blog reviews Loved the dilemmas confronted by a protagonist who had choice in a new world Appreciated the richness of the historical context Historical characters seemed as alive as the fictional ones A compelling read worth revisiting and recommending to friends.

  5. says:

    The author knows how to keep you hooked I shared in Abigail s excitement as she learned to shoot, and enjoyed the twists and turns as she set off on her own It was also nice to learnabout the history of Louis Riel, Gabriel Dumont, and the M tis.The author s ability to use the protagonist, Abigail, to develop a personal connection between the reader and other characters was the shining light of the book first, with Abigail s horse, Abe, then with Shep January, and finally, Annie Oakley.I The author knows how to keep you hooked I shared in Abigail s excitement as she learned to shoot, and enjoyed the twists and turns as she set off on her own It was also nice to learnabout the history of Louis Riel, Gabriel Dumont, and the M tis.The author s ability to use the protagonist, Abigail, to develop a personal connection between the reader and other characters was the shining light of the book first, with Abigail s horse, Abe, then with Shep January, and finally, Annie Oakley.I would definitely recommend this book

  6. says:

    A young British woman emigrates with her father to a godforsaken town in Northern Ontario in the 1880s There, he contracts tuberculosis and dies, ever so slowly, forcing her to take over his school teaching job and try to evade a plodding but relentless suitor Through chance, she learns she likes to shoot and while practicing her sharpshooting, kills a man and comes into a fortune Soon, she s headed south across the border to join Cody s Wild West show This a godforsaken mess of a novel Whi A young British woman emigrates with her father to a godforsaken town in Northern Ontario in the 1880s There, he contracts tuberculosis and dies, ever so slowly, forcing her to take over his school teaching job and try to evade a plodding but relentless suitor Through chance, she learns she likes to shoot and while practicing her sharpshooting, kills a man and comes into a fortune Soon, she s headed south across the border to join Cody s Wild West show This a godforsaken mess of a novel While the first two pages were good, it went rapidly downhill from there The author obviously did a lot of research into both the history of Canada and the US before she began writing and was determined to stuff every fact, relevant or not, into the story at the expense of character, dialog, setting and plot Rather than place her heroine at the centre of exciting events such as The Riel Rebellion, she has her read and recount endless newspaper stories about them Dialog is forsaken in favour of tedious, passive retellings of events happening 1000 miles away characters are undeveloped and boring Should this novel fall into your hands, please reach for your trusty sidearm and put it out of its misery

  7. says:

    This is a unique book The culture shocked immigrant, Abigail, could be forgiven if she wanted to be rescued after her father died Instead, she sets off on a quest Although the preface, in her words, suggests that she seeks the values that lead to principled living, it seemed to me that she yearned for somethingout of life than what was available to your average school marm Everyone she encounters along her epic journey from the outlaw cowboy, Shep January, to the champion sharpshooter, This is a unique book The culture shocked immigrant, Abigail, could be forgiven if she wanted to be rescued after her father died Instead, she sets off on a quest Although the preface, in her words, suggests that she seeks the values that lead to principled living, it seemed to me that she yearned for somethingout of life than what was available to your average school marm Everyone she encounters along her epic journey from the outlaw cowboy, Shep January, to the champion sharpshooter, Annie Oakley, to the Metis military general, Gabriel Dumont, who she followed in the newspapers contributes to Abigail evolution into someone she had not ever imagined Inspiring stuff

  8. says:

    A fantastic historical narrative that brings together Canadian and American historical figures Annie Oakley, Gabriel Dumont and Bill Cody with the fictional heroine we all want to be Abigail Peacock Many think that the Riel Rebellion and the Wild West were two separate things, but the author does a fantastic job intertwining the two in such a wonderful narrative you can t help but continue reading.The novel is set in 1885 where main character Abigail Peacock is resisting what seems to be an A fantastic historical narrative that brings together Canadian and American historical figures Annie Oakley, Gabriel Dumont and Bill Cody with the fictional heroine we all want to be Abigail Peacock Many think that the Riel Rebellion and the Wild West were two separate things, but the author does a fantastic job intertwining the two in such a wonderful narrative you can t help but continue reading.The novel is set in 1885 where main character Abigail Peacock is resisting what seems to be an inevitable future a sensible career as a teacher and marriage to a local storeowner Yet, this all changes when a hunted member of the American Jesse James gang, Shep January turns up with a Pinkerton detective hot on his heels Unintentionally shooting the detective and committing murder, January offers to teach Abigail to shoot in exchange for taking his guns and stolen cash to a man who can help her sort out the detective s death.Abigail rides through the Canadian wilderness to get to the Bill Cody show were she befriends Annie Oakley Falling in love, learning to shoot and fighting the law, this book crosses from Canada to the United States to England and back The narrative has enough plot twists to keep you firmly rooted in the story and the characters will come alive in your mind s eye through the beautiful writing of Cinda Gault I strongly recommend reading this book as it is something you don t want to miss

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    I read this book a year or so ago when it first came out The main character, Abigail, and her moral dilemmas and choices have often come to mind since then The book follows Abigail on her solitary journey both literal and inner from the wilderness of northwestern Ontario to the consumer version of the wild west The Bill Cody Show in New York.I enjoyed how the author wove the Jesse James Gang, Annie Oakley and the Riel Rebellion, into Abigail s story I was inspired to readabout the I read this book a year or so ago when it first came out The main character, Abigail, and her moral dilemmas and choices have often come to mind since then The book follows Abigail on her solitary journey both literal and inner from the wilderness of northwestern Ontario to the consumer version of the wild west The Bill Cody Show in New York.I enjoyed how the author wove the Jesse James Gang, Annie Oakley and the Riel Rebellion, into Abigail s story I was inspired to readabout the first two To be honest, I had hoped for arobust tackling of Riel and Dumont but I can see how and why Annie Oakley had to be theprominent of the historical figures for this particular story Perhaps I was spoiled after reading The Outlander by Gil Adamson but I did think the trip by horse through the wilds could have presentedopportunities for dramatic events.The author uses interesting words and turns of phrase She offers thought provoking statements on justice, personal choice and social norms And I loved the personality she attributed to Abe, the horse.Did the ending foretell the taming of Abigail s rebellious spirit One hopes not

  10. says:

    well. I didn t expect to love this as much as I did I m not a big fan of historical fiction and tend to shy away from it, but I m glad I decided to step out of my comfort zone and give this a try because. man, it was good. it s a slow burn of a story, not overly action packed and rather tightly structured, but the layout works incredibly well for the plot the little facts of Canadian history sprinkled in at times tend to feel rather like a nonfiction book, but they were interesting enough well. I didn t expect to love this as much as I did I m not a big fan of historical fiction and tend to shy away from it, but I m glad I decided to step out of my comfort zone and give this a try because. man, it was good. it s a slow burn of a story, not overly action packed and rather tightly structured, but the layout works incredibly well for the plot the little facts of Canadian history sprinkled in at times tend to feel rather like a nonfiction book, but they were interesting enough to me since I know very little about it that I could forgive just how clinical they felt, because it didn t seem out of place in a way, it reminded me of the structure of Frankenstein in truth there s nothing groundbreaking about the plot or the characters, it s all very standard, and at times, stereotypical, but Abigail just has such a strong voice and her narration is so beautiful that I can forgive all of that the writing is just gorgeous the setting is very vivid, the voices very clear it was just a really nice experience, and I m glad to have gone through it

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