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Man Proposes, God Disposes

Recollections of a French Pioneer

In 1910, young Pierre Maturié bid farewell to his comfortable bourgeois existence in rural France and travelled to northern Alberta in search of independence, adventure, and newfound prosperity. Some sixty years later, he wrote of the four years he spent in Canada before he returned to France in 1914 to fight in the First World War. Like that of so many youthful pioneers, his story is one of adventure and hardship—perilous journeys, railroad construction in the Rockies, panning for gold in swift-flowing streams, transporting goods for the Hudson’s Bay Company along the Athabasca River. Maturié’s memoir, Athabasca, Terre de ma jeunesse, appeared in France in 1972, to a warm reception. Now, in the deft and marvellously empathetic translation of Vivien Bosley, it is at long last available in English.

Table of Contents

Preface, Gilles Cadrin and Vivien Bosley- vii

Translator’s Acknowledgements- xiii

Introduction, Robert Wardhaugh- xv

Man Proposes, God Disposes- 1

Afterword, Gilles Cadrin- 221

Preface to the Original French Edition (1972), Robert Margerit- 223

Notes- 225

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