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Armand Durand

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Armand Durand by Rosanna Eleanor Leprohon is a heartwarming tale that transports readers to the charming landscapes of Quebec. The story follows the life of Armand Durand, a young man who faces numerous challenges and struggles as he navigates through the complexities of love, family, and societal expectations.

Leprohon's vivid descriptions and engaging narrative style make it easy for readers to immerse themselves in Armand's world, feeling both his triumphs and his defeats. The characters are well-developed and relatable, making it easy to connect with their experiences and emotions.

Throughout the book, themes of love, loyalty, and perseverance are explored, offering readers valuable insights into the human experience. Leprohon has a knack for capturing the nuances of human relationships, weaving together a tapestry of emotions that will resonate with readers of all ages.

Overall, Armand Durand is a delightful read that will captivate readers from start to finish. Leprohon's storytelling is both engaging and thought-provoking, leaving a lasting impression that will linger long after the final page is turned.

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Armand Durand, published in 1868, was written by Rosanna Leprohon, an English-speaker with an insider’s knowledge of French Canada, thanks to her Montreal education and marriage to a man from an old Québécois family.

Paul Durand, a prosperous Québécois farmer, marries in quick succession two very different wives, and fathers two very different sons. The first son, Armand, delicate and bookish, is destined for a legal career in the city; the second, Paul Junior, tougher and down-to-earth, continues life on the farm. The story deals with troubling aspects of parental, sibling, and marital relationships.

Armand Durand may be one of the best Canadian novels that no one has heard of. It was well received in both its English and French editions, but is today hard to find, especially in the original English. Silenced Sextet , a study of 19th-century Canadian women authors whose works were initially popular but later slipped into obscurity, offers this assessment: “it is a mature novel, valuable for its complex human relationships and also for its glimpses of Montreal life in Leprohon’s own time and of rural Quebec life in somewhat earlier days.” - Summary by Bruce Pirie

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