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The Scattered: Thirty years of exile. A lifetime of loss. The triumph of a simple man. [Paperback]

Richard Holledge
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3 Oct 2012
Love lost; love regained. Freedom; oppression. The casual cruelty of great nations; the plight of the weak and dispossessed. And against all hope—survival and a new life. The Scattered dramatizes the incredible life of one man and the people he loved, caught up in the saga that befell the Acadians, a simple, peaceable people, who were expelled by the British from their homes in Nova Scotia, Canada, in 1755. The great powers—France and Britain—were caught up in a titanic battle for power in North America. The small enclave of French-speaking Acadians were in the way and were brushed aside. In Crucible of War by historian Fred Anderson, an account of the battle for power in North America between France and Britain during the Seven Years war of 1756- 1763, described the expulsion as ‘chillingly reminiscent of modern ethnic cleansing‘ operations…executed with a coldness and calculation rarely seen in other wartime operations.’ As former US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfield memorably remarked, ‘Stuff happens’ and The Scattered painfully reflects the implacable real politick that govern the actions of global powers and so often results in misery for the weak. So it was with the Acadians. Most of them were sent to the British colonies in North America—and treated shamefully. But one group was prevented from landing in Virginia and shipped to concentration camps in Britain. After six harrowing years were condemned to dismal exile in France with many compelled to risk their lives in tropical hell holes in Haiti and Guyana and even the bleak outpost of the Falkland Islands. For thirty years the stoic heroes of The Scattered endured this exile until they were invited to start a new life in Louisiana. This extraordinary story has many resonances to the way unwanted and dispossessed people are treated by powerful countries today. Furthermore, though the facts are known by many in the Acadian community, this is a saga that has yet to be told in a way that captures the anguish, the sheer fortitude, and the will to survive of this small band of ‘cousins’ as they called each other. Above all, this is a story of an individual – his courage, his perseverance, his passion. There was a Jambo LeBlanc, the victim—and hero—of this book. He was 26 when the British seized him, his wife, and two children from their home in the village of Grand Pré in Nova Scotia. That was on October 27, 1755. His wife died in a Liverpool prison. Heartbroken, this unconquerable soul never the less found a new love in the ghetto and together, against pitiless odds, they stayed together until a new world beckoned. On June 29, 1785 LeBlanc landed in New Orleans and settled nearby. Today the LeBlancs and the Terriots, Richards and the Heberts —all descendants of those who survived those brutish years—live on in Louisiana. Now, of course, they are called Cajuns

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  • Paperback: 396 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (3 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1477457674
  • ISBN-13: 978-1477457672
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 748,569 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Richard Holledge is a former newspaper editor and executive with several UK national newspapers including The Times and The Independent. He is a freelance journalist for the Wall Street Journal, The Times of London, International Herald Tribune and the Gulf News, Dubai. He lived in Canada as a boy and he and his wife are regular visitors to New Orleans and Louisiana, the land of Cajun music, po’boys and Tabasco sauce.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Rattling good 31 May 2013
By jenny
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A very readable novel based on a tragic true story. It made me want to visit the sites described in the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 8 April 2013
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A brilliant story that brings to life a little-known era of history. Told with verve and passion, it captures your attention from the first page. Well done, Mr Holledge - great stuff.
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What the papers say; from the UK newspaper, the Daily Mail

The Acadians - no, I hadn’t heard of them either - were a group of French settlers who in the early 17th century colonised what is now Nova Scotia, then a part of France.

Catholic and pacifist, they rubbed along after the British invasion of 1710 until, in 1755, everything changed.

British and French political antagonism was spilling over into a fight for supremacy in North America, and the unfortunate Acadians became some of its saddest victims.

Cleared from their own land, they were shipped off to unknown places, faced with some of the greatest privations and iniquities imaginable.

Holledge follows the fate of Jambo LeBlanc and his family as they are transported from one tragedy to another until, eventually, he joins the new settlement in Louisiana, where the Acadians flourish still - now known as Cajuns.

If you want to know more about a largely forgotten piece of history, you can do no better than this wonderful, disturbing book.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Haven't read it yet 15 Mar 2013
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I can't comment on the contents of this book as I haven't read it yet. Perhaps when I GET INTO IT i WILL ENJOY IT, OR PASS IT ON TO SOME-ONE ELSE.
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