Monday, 9 March 2009

Black Robe



Going back a couple of posts to my bookshelves and to my interest in the Iroquois and Algonquian Indians and the clash of cultures that occurred when Europeans encountered them - I thought I would mention Brian Moore's Black Robe.

Brian Moore is a lovely writer. If you haven't read one of his books you are in for a treat. The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne is possibly his most famous, but Black Robe is also excellent. It is a wonderfully convincing piece of historical fiction telling the story of a European - a French Jesuit missionary rather than a Puritan this time - as he gets pulled deeper and deeper into an alien world.

The book was made into a very good movie of the same name, directed by Bruce Beresford (screenplay by Moore himself). It is beautifully shot - watch it on the biggest screen you can find - and also eye-wateringly violent at times. Unfortunately it seems to be inexplicably unavailable in Region 2 DVD format at the moment.

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