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The Foreigner A Tale of Saskatchewan   By: (1860-1937)

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In "The Foreigner: A Tale of Saskatchewan," Ralph Connor tells a compelling story set against the harsh backdrop of the Canadian prairies. With its gripping narrative and vivid descriptions, this novel takes readers on a journey filled with intense emotions, resilience, and personal growth.

The captivating protagonist, John Amadis, serves as the embodiment of the struggles faced by countless immigrants who ventured to this untouched land seeking a better life. Connor has masterfully crafted Amadis' character, painting him as a man torn between his old identity and his desire to integrate into a new culture. Amadis's internal conflict and his determination to adapt form the core of this thought-provoking tale.

One of the greatest strengths of this novel is Connor's ability to seamlessly weave historical events into the narrative. Through Amadis, readers gain a deeper understanding of the challenges faced by settlers in Saskatchewan during the early 20th century. Whether it be battling against the elements or overcoming cultural barriers, the author conveys the indomitable spirit of these pioneers.

Furthermore, Connor's prose shines bright throughout the novel. His rich descriptions transport readers to the vast prairie, allowing them to experience the isolation, beauty, and overwhelming forces of nature that constantly shape the lives of the characters. The author's lyrical language adds depth to the story, creating a captivating atmosphere that pulls readers into each scene.

"The Foreigner" is not just a tale of survival and adaptation; it also explores themes of identity, prejudice, and societal expectations. Through Amadis's encounters with various characters, Connor addresses issues of discrimination and the struggle to find acceptance. This exploration of human relations adds layers of complexity to the narrative, ensuring that readers are engaged both intellectually and emotionally.

While the pacing of the novel may feel slow at times, it serves as a deliberate choice by the author to emphasize the isolation and challenges faced by the characters. Connor's meticulously researched historical background enhances the authenticity of the story and compensates for any slight lulls in the plot.

In conclusion, "The Foreigner: A Tale of Saskatchewan" is a remarkable novel that delves into the universal themes of identity and resilience during a period of great upheaval. Ralph Connor's writing transports readers to the heart of the Canadian prairies, capturing both the physical landscape and the soul of the characters who inhabit it. With its thought-provoking narrative and exploration of societal dynamics, this book is a must-read for those seeking a well-crafted story that resonates long after the final page has been turned.

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Ralph Connor


In Western Canada there is to be seen to day that most fascinating of all human phenomena, the making of a nation. Out of breeds diverse in traditions, in ideals, in speech, and in manner of life, Saxon and Slav, Teuton, Celt and Gaul, one people is being made. The blood strains of great races will mingle in the blood of a race greater than the greatest of them all.

It would be our wisdom to grip these peoples to us with living hooks of justice and charity till all lines of national cleavage disappear, and in the Entity of our Canadian national life, and in the Unity of our world wide Empire, we fuse into a people whose strength will endure the slow shock of time for the honour of our name, for the good of mankind, and for the glory of Almighty God.

C.W.G. Winnipeg, Canada, 1909.


I The City on the Plain II Where East meets West III The Marriage of Anka IV The Unbidden Guest V The Patriot's Heart VI The Grip of British Law VII Condemned VIII The Price of Vengeance IX Brother and Sister X Jack French of the Night Hawk Ranch XI The Edmonton Trail XII The Making of a Man XIII Brown XIV The Break XV The Maiden of the Brown Hair XVI How Kalman found His Mine XVII The Fight for the Mine XVIII For Freedom and for Love XIX My Foreigner



Not far from the centre of the American Continent, midway between the oceans east and west, midway between the Gulf and the Arctic Sea, on the rim of a plain, snow swept in winter, flower decked in summer, but, whether in winter or in summer, beautiful in its sunlit glory, stands Winnipeg, the cosmopolitan capital of the last of the Anglo Saxon Empires, Winnipeg, City of the Plain, which from the eyes of the world cannot be hid... Continue reading book >>

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