The Governor's Daughter (European Women Writers) Paperback – 1 Jun 1998
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"La Fille du gobernator doubtless belongs to the literature of excess, but when such mastery is applied to excess, one can only be amazed."--"Le Monde" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The Governor's Daughter is a tale of innocence adrift in a monstrous world. Set just after World War I in the French penal colony in Cayenne, French Guiana, it is the story of Chretienne, the seven-year-old daughter of the colony's governor and his obsessively devout wife, whom the convicts acidly call the "Mother of God". Chretienne's disarmingly clear view of the adults with whom she lives - her pious parents and the notorious convicts in their charge - is both hilarious and harrowing. Her parents, driven by their desire for sainthood, subject Chretienne and the prisoners alike to inhuman rigors and coldness. Denied it by her family, the child finds human contact among the convicts, especially the Chinese murderer Tang. Pervading all is the grotesque yet fascinating atmosphere of the penal colony and its colonial setting - an atmosphere that we discover through the alert, inquisitive consciousness of a young girl.See all Product Description