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Brian Moore
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Dutton Adult; 1st edition (March 27, 1985)
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For decades, most Western books and films adapted a Eurocentric worldview that reduced the natives of the New World to either bit players or a hostile enemy

For decades, most Western books and films adapted a Eurocentric worldview that reduced the natives of the New World to either bit players or a hostile enemy. This novel is representative of a trend that began in the 1970s to revise that view. In the early centuries of Europeans settling in North America, they encountered significant hostility with local tribes.

This is a brilliant book involving the early Jesuit missions, and the Algonquin, Huron, and Iroquois tribes of pre-colonial North America. The film version includes superb acting and breathtaking scenery.

Black Robe, first published in 1985, is an historical novel by Brian Moore set in New France in the 17th century. Its central theme is the collision of European and Native American cultures soon after first contact. First Nations peoples historically called French Jesuit priests "Black Robes" because of their religious habit. The novel was adapted into the 1991 film Black Robe directed by Bruce Beresford, for which Moore wrote the screenplay.

Brian Moore's Black Robe: Novel, Screenplay(s) and Film (European University Studies. Vol. 494), Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang. But it's time his work was acclaimed". Independent on Sunday.

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The story of Father Laforgue, a Jesuit who comes to Canada to save the souls of its natives, mirrors the clash between two disparate cultures--that of the European Jesuits and that of the Indians
  • Kalv
I finished this book days ago and have not been able to stop pondering it. Others have described the plot here which involves a Jesuit missionary to the Huron tribe of New France in the earliest days of European colonization and fur trade. The Jesuits were certainly sincere in their desire to bring salvation to the pagan "Savages" but, for all their good intentions, they succeeded mostly in bringing confusion, tragedy and destruction to the people they sought to save. This thrilling account of one Jesuit's attempt to reach his mission outpost is a spectacular rendering of the land and the native people he encounters. Apart from the personal adventures of the priest, one of the main themes here is the clash of completely antithetical belief systems. Moore plays fair with both sides of this situation and we are equally shown the priest's struggles to retain his faith in the face of enormous adversity as well as the struggles of the native peoples who sense that the coming of the "black robes" signals death to their culture. After reading this book, I watched the fabulous movie made from it which likewise does a masterful job of portraying the story and the themes touched on in this excellent, thrilling and thought-provoking work.
  • Laizel
For decades, most Western books and films adapted a Eurocentric worldview that reduced the natives of the New World to either bit players or a hostile enemy. This novel is representative of a trend that began in the 1970s to revise that view. In the early centuries of Europeans settling in North America, they encountered significant hostility with local tribes. While nations like England and the Dutch Republic intended on creating permanent residences, the French were content to establish temporary habitations that traded in beaver pelts. Among the few French to settle permanently in this alien land were religious missionaries attempting to spread the word of Christ.

The protagonist of this novel is one such man named Father LaForgue. A member of the Jesuit Order, they are called by the Indians Blackrobes for their distinctive attire. Early in the novel, LaForgue is given an assignment to head north with a group of Algonquin to an isolated Jesuit mission. It is shortly before the onset of winter and LaForgue that hostile Iroquois, cold, hunger, and rampant disease almost guarantee LaForgue will become a martyr, something he has long prayed for. Much less enthusiastic with the prospect of death is his young Breton assistant, Daniel, who is pursuing a relationship with a native woman.

After the early weeks of the journey involve interminable canoeing, the Algonquins temporarily abandon the priest. After some eventually return, they must then face the much greater threat of the Iroquois. Throughout all of this, LaForgue must struggle with a prolonged a ear infection that might leave him deaf, a hostile dwarf shaman who suspects he is a demon, the struggle with Daniel over his immortal soul, and LaForgue's own attempts to maintain his faith in a godless, abandoned land where he has been forgotten. The ending, where the priest has been stripped of everything, shows the dignity man can retain even at his lowest moments.

At only a little over two hundred-and-forty pages, this book can be read in a single long evening. The Indians frequently jest with one another in extremely profane language, but after a while this becomes as natural a rhythm to the natives as prayers are to LaForgue. The novel also does an excellent job portraying Indians as they truly were: human beings. We now have a tendency to dismiss them as uncultured savages or noble, pure beings completely in touch with nature. The truth lies somewhere in-between, as it does with every person. This book is also the inspiration for the award-winning film of the same name, which I also highly recommend. So, if you are looking for a novel that shows faith under pressure or an accurate depiction of early America, this is the place to start.
  • Joony
This is a culture clash saga that grabs the reader at gut level and won't let go.

Young Father Paul Laforgue is a French Jesuit priest, newly arrived at the missions of 17th century Canada, and eager to take up his first assignment. Like all Jesuits, he is the product of ten years of rigorous training that tests candidates on a physical, intellectual and spiritual level. In a system like this, weaklings wash out, and Lafarge is not portrayed as a weak man. Nonetheless, as is usually the case when radically different worlds collide, Father Paul is about to get a whole lot more than he bargained for.

What is perhaps most striking here is the intense, almost feverish sensuality of Laforgue's immersion in the Native American world. The priest experiences this "savage" culture, in which basic human appetites, whether for food or sex, are seen as both natural and good, as challenging at an existential level. His whole training in the Jesuit novitiate has been to overcome "animal" appetites so as to attain self-mastery, the essential path to God according to a theological mindset which perceives the natural world as a kind of theatre of temptation.

Especially fascinating in this context is Laforgue's journey to sexual self-discovery, which, predictably in this context, leads not to joy but to horror and self-loathing. Used to the privacy and solitude essential to the spiritual development of a Catholic celibate, Father Paul is catapulted into a society where privacy is virtually non-existent. His discovery of his young French companion indulging in oral and anal sex with a beautiful (if unwashed) Huron girl draws him into a powerful voyeuristic participation in their love-making--the kind of scene that makes Black Robe anything but hagiography.

The only thing that might have made this novel even stronger would have been a further development of doubt in Father Paul's psychology, doubt both as to the reality of his own faith and of the validity of the rigid theology handed down to him. Moore plays with this theme in some interesting ways, but leaves the issue of his protagonist's individual conscience versus his inherited religious tradition largely unresolved.

Despite the reservations expressed in the last paragraph of this review, however, I have to recommended Black Robe as a gripping, and thought-provoking, read.