By Barbara Pym
A pleasant comedy of manners with a marginally of puzzle, an instructional query is fundamental Barbara Pym territory.
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Août Parution, dans le Century Magazine de New York, de la traduction anglaise de « La chasse-galerie », avec des illustrations d'Henri Julien. Septembre Départ pour Vancouver, où Beaugrand s'embarque à bord de VEmpress of China pour un voyage autour du monde. Le 28, il prononce une conférence intitulée « A Legend of thé North Pacific », qui sera publiée en version française dans la Patrie. Son périple, qui dure jusqu'en avril 1893, le conduit au Japon, en Chine, en Asie du Sud-Est, en Inde puis, via Aden, au Caire et à Rome, de nouveau en France, d'où il rentre à Montréal en mai.
Beaugrand, de toute évidence, connaît et maîtrise les codes rhétoriques de son époque. Il écrit comme un journaliste soucieux de plaire au public en lui servant le genre de récit et d'écriture auquel il est habitué. On ne cherchera donc pas ici les prouesses narratives ou stylistiques, mais plutôt une littérature de bon ton, destinée à la plus vaste consommation possible. -Z. Massicotte. C'est l'habileté avec laquelle Beaugrand réussit, dans ses meilleurs moments, à rendre le rythme et la vivacité du langage oral, auquel plusieurs récits font une large place.
La vengeance d'un lâche », « Ma première pipe de tabac » et « Les brigands de la côte » ont beau, en effet, avoir paru ultérieurement dans le Courrier de Montréal et le Fédéral, ces éditions ne sont visiblement que des transcriptions des textes de l'Écho du Canada, textes qu'il m'a donc semblé plus judicieux de reproduire ici, puisqu'ils sont certainement plus proches des manuscrits perdus. Quant aux deux autres récits de l'hiver 1875, « Le fantôme de l'avare » et « Le legs du missionnaire », l'auteur les reprendra en 1878 pour les intégrer à son roman Jeanne la fileuse.
An Academic Question (Virago Modern Classics) by Barbara Pym