Lord of the Plains

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In an historical novel set in 1885, the mixed-blood people of the Ottawa plains are being swindled out of their land by a corrupt government, and Gabriel Dumont and his wife, Madelaine, fight back. Reprint.

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Pungent characterizations and settings distinguish Silver's ( Red River Story ) engrossing fictionalized account of rebellion in Canada. When Gabriel and Madelaine Dumont settle along the Saskatchewan, no land office exists to register their claims. But by the mid-1880s, railroad and telegraph lines have brought the Ottawa administration closer--and the government is selling land occupied by Indians and early settlers. Enlisting the help of Louis Riel (leader of an earlier uprising and a religious visionary), the settlers and Indians stage the Great Northwest Rebellion, pitting their knowledge of the plains against the Canadian police's superior numbers, heavy artillery and Gatling machine guns. A diverting subplot follows spunky Kitty McLean, whose family is imprisoned in a Cree camp. The author alters the chronology of some events and invents characters (notably Madelaine) where historical material is scant, but through the Dumonts and McLeans successfully reconstructs a way of life that has long since vanished.
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