Douglas & McIntyre
The Straw Man

Book details:

October 1999
ISBN 978-1-55054-269-1
Paperback - Trade
5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
224 pages
Fiction
$19.95 CAD

Douglas & McIntyre

The Straw Man

This engaging novel follows the fortunes of a small troupe of French actors desperately trying to make a living in a Quebec town surrounded by English troops on the eve of the Battle of the Plains of Abraham.


Half epic, half farce, written in the eloquent style of the i8th century but with an entirely modern sensibility, The Straw Man reads like a fusion of Tom Stoppard and Tom Jones. The time: 1759 and after. The place: The walled fortress of Quebec and surrounding cotmtryside. The situation: In a town surrounded by English troops on the eve of the Battle of the Plains of Abraham, a small troupe of strolling French actors is desperately trying to make a living while the Quebec citizens have, to put it mildly, other things on their minds than an evening of Marivaux or a clever pantomime. When they acquire the assistance of the mysterious Benjamin de Saint-Ours, whose shadowy history fore-tells an even more intriguing future, the troupe’s fortunes take a dramatic swing. How the comedians fare during the constant bombardment, Quebec’s ultimate surrender, and its confused aftermath forms a powerful backdrop to the subsequent action of this brilliant and evocative novel.

About the Author

Daniel  Poliquin

Daniel Poliquin

Born in Ottawa in 1953, Daniel Poliquin is one of Canada’s leading francophone writers. The author of nearly a dozen books in French, mainly novels and ...

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