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THE COAST WAY: A Portrait of the English on the Lower North Shore of the St. Lawrence

Louise Abbott

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ISBN 10: 0773506543 / ISBN 13: 9780773506541
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A photo essay on life in an overlooked region of Quebec uses images and words to examine the manner in which life there has changed over the past twenty years, especially focusing on the impact of electricity, which was introduced to the area only recently. Import Hardbound Well illustrated. 138 pages Published by McGill-Queen's Press, 1988. First edition. Fine/Fine. A nice crisp copy. 0.0. Bookseller Inventory # 5547

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The openness of local residents enabled Louise Abbott to create a remarkable documentary study of this overlooked region of Quebec. In The Coast Way, Abbott focuses on the people of the Lower North Shore and the ways in which their lives have changed during the past twenty years. She presents, in photographs and words, an image of a society in transition - where homemade birch brooms and satellite dishes sit side by side. In the early 1970s when electric light finally reached the Lower North Shore, one of the last places in Canada to be provided with electricity, it was quite an event. "The first night," remembers Jack Bursey, "I put on every light in the house and left them all on just to sit down and look. I felt so glad we had electric, eh. Yeah, I'll never forget. Oh, God, it changed a lot after electricity come." The advent of electrical power marked the end of one kind of isolation and the beginning of another. Television arrived, bringing with it visions of an outside world at once compelling and engrossing. "People don't visit one another in Tabatiere like they used to one time," laments Ivy Robertson. "A lot of that is due to TV, I guess." With a camera, taperecorder, and notebooks, Abbott has documented the impact change has had on this isolated community of English Quebecers, revealing her subjects as they revealed themselves to her.


"The Coast Way is both complete and fair. Louise Abbott has done an excellent job in combining information from a myriad of oral and written sources, presenting a concise overview of the settlement and history of the Lower North Shore." William Floch, English-Speaking Townshippers Association, Sherbrooke, Quebec "Abbott has produced a valuable folkloristic/ethnographic document which covers the essentials of contemporary Lower North Shore life, while setting it in an oral-historical context." Gerald Thomas, Department of Folklore, Memorial University

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