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By David Bergen

In 1973, outdoor of Kenora, Ontario, Raymond Seymour, an eighteen-year-old Ojibway boy, is taken by means of an area policeman to a distant island and left for lifeless.

A yr later, the Byrd kinfolk arrives in Kenora. they've got come to stick at “the Retreat,” a commune run via the self-styled guru health care professional Amos. The health practitioner is an enigmatic guy who spouts bewildering truisms, and who bathes bare each morning within the pond on the fringe of the Retreat whereas younger Everett Byrd watches from the trees. Lizzy, the eldest of the Byrd little ones, cares for her more youthful brothers Fish and William, and longs for what she can't locate on the Retreat. whilst Lizzy meets Raymond, every thing adjustments, and Lizzy involves comprehend the genuine distinction among Raymond’s global and her personal. A tragedy and a love tale, the unconventional strikes in the direction of a end that's either incredible and heartbreaking.

Set throughout the summer season of the Ojibway profession of Anicinabe Park in Kenora, The Retreat is a finely nuanced, deeply felt novel that tells the tale of the complex love among a white woman and a local boy, and of a relatives at the verge of splintering perpetually. it's also a narrative of the bond among brothers who have been separated in youth, and whose lives and fates intertwine ten years later.

A awesome portrait of a time and a spot, The Retreat confirms Bergen’s attractiveness as one of many country’s so much talented and compelling writers.

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Bien que cette derniere consdtue une des diverses societes de 1'association, son mode de representation en fait presque une association parallele, inspiree largement du modele de I'AGEUM. Elle est constitute d'un comite execudf et d'un regroupement de deleguees provenant de chaque faculte ou il y a une presence feminine. Celles-ci representent aussi la Societe feminine dans les comites de regie de ces memes facultes. Ajoutons a cela les represeiitantes envoyees aux diverses societes de 1'AGEUM 3 '.

C'est Hubert Aquin qui occupera le poste a sa place. Entrevue avec Adele Lauzon, Montreal, 28 avr. 1990. 36 Carabins ou activistes? Le Quartier Latin n'est pas pour autant un medium d'information masculin; tout comme a TAGEUM, on y decouvre une presence feminine. Notons premierement que la Societe feminine envoie une representante au Quartier Latin. Celle-ci semble jouer le role de redactrice feminine, du moins de 1949 a 1952. II faut attendre les annees 1956-1957 et 1957-1958 avant de voir apparaitre le litre officiel de «redactrice feminine» dans la liste des membres de 1'executif du Quartier Latin.

II n'empeche que Ton decouvre quelques exceptions. Les plus remarquables de cette categoric sont Adele Lauzon en 1949-1950 et Juliette Barcelo en 1952-1954. Toutes deux redigent des articles analytiques traitant de sujets d'interet general et souvent controverses. Le discours officiel des leaders etudiants a propos des objectifs et du fonctionnement de I'AGEUM et du Quarlier Latin au cours de cette periode revele done la composante carabin de leur identite. A plusieurs niveaux, cette composante correspond au portrait d'un jeune aux interets a domiiiante folklorique pointe sur les divertissements et les relations sociales tels qu'ils ont ete definis dans les travaux de recherche anterieurs.

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