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The Golden Dog (LE CHIEN D'OR)

By: William Kirby
Published By: Double9 Books
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"The Golden Dog" is a historical novel written by Canadian author William Kirby. It is considered one of the earliest and most significant works of Canadian fiction. Set in the 18th century, specifically in the city of Quebec during the French regime, the novel explores themes of love, loyalty, betrayal, and political intrigue. "The Golden Dog" tells the story of two young lovers, Marie de l'Incarnation and Claude de Beauharnais, who are caught up in the turbulent times of war and political unrest. The novel vividly depicts the social and cultural landscape of Quebec City, portraying the clash between the French and British influences and the complex relationships between the various characters. The central plot revolves around a mysterious golden dog statue that is believed to possess supernatural powers. The dog becomes a symbol of fortune and misfortune, as its possession brings both joy and tragedy to those who encounter it. Through his storytelling, Kirby captures the spirit of the era and provides a glimpse into the historical context of early Canadian society. He delves into themes of identity, heritage, and the struggles faced by the inhabitants of Quebec City during a time of political upheaval. "The Golden Dog" holds an important place in the country's literary canon and is recognized for its contribution to the development of Canadian literature.

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William Kirby

William Kirby (1817-1906) was a Canadian author best known for his historical novel, The Golden Dog. Born in Yorkshire, England, Kirby immigrated to the United States and then settled in Niagara, Ontario, Canada. He worked as a tanner and later became the editor of the Niagara Mail. Kirby's first full-length work, The U.E.: a tale of Upper Canada, reflected his political views and was eventually published in 1859. However, Kirby's significance as a writer primarily rests on his novel, The Golden Dog. Set in New France in 1748, the book took him fifteen years to write. Despite errors in the first edition, it was well-received by the public and gained popularity, with rumors even suggesting that Queen Victoria had read it. The novel showcased Kirby's talent for character development and vivid descriptions of both rural and urban settings. It drew inspiration from James LeMoine's Maple Leaves, which provided historical accounts and oral traditions. Unfortunately, due to copyright issues and publishing mishaps, Kirby did not receive proper royalties for the book. Later, he revised and published an updated version in collaboration with L.C. Page and Company.

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Product Details

  • Publisher: Double 9 Books
  • Publishing Year: 2023
  • Language: English
  • Paperback: 532 Pages
  • ISBN-10: 9358597143
  • ISBN-13: 9789358597141
  • Item Weight: 638.4g
  • Dimension : 216 x 140 x 29.1 mm
  • Country of Origin : India
  • Reading age : 10+
  • Importer: Double 9 Books
  • Packer: Double 9 Books
  • Book Type : Fiction / Classics,History / Canada / General,Fiction / Historical