Review of The Acadians

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Review of The Acadians

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[Following is an official review of "The Acadians" by Samuel Andre Aucoin.]
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4 out of 5 stars
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Truly, as mentioned at the end of this book, The Acadians by Samuel Andre Aucoin, not many have heard about this ethnic group. Reading this book was my first encounter with them. Thankfully, Samuel wrote this book to keep the history of the Acadians alive.

Jean-Claude and his family were one of the many French tenants who were disturbed by the English when they came to raid them. They burned their farm fields and torched their houses. When the King of France wanted farmers to go to Acadia to establish that area, Jean-Claude was one of the several tenant farmers who accepted the offer and moved to Acadia in 1636. The Acadians shared their land with the Micmacs. The Micmacs in the 17th century were ferocious fighters who fiercely defended their territory. They knew that they needed to ally themselves with one of the white nations for them to have a measure of peace and protection, so they chose the French. The Acadians and the French coexisted peacefully until the English came.

This book lived up to its title. It told the history of the Acadians from the 17th century to the 20th century. The Acadians originated in France. They were farmers who had no desire to fight. Still, the English never left them alone. The New Englanders did a lot of things I considered evil to wipe them from the surface of the earth. They killed their men, women, and children, scattered them across Europe, and took their lands from them. I learned so much from the Acadians. They were resilient and could adapt to whatever situation they found themselves in.

As much as I found this book interesting and enlightening, there were things I disliked. There were so many characters in it. Too many characters meant that there were too many names. To make matters worse, the names were most often alike. This made it difficult to keep track of the character being discussed. There was a lot of information in the book. It was difficult to digest them all. It would have been easier if the book was divided into two instead of packing all the information into one.

I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars. It was exceptionally well-edited. However, I removed a star because of the many characters and the excessive amount of information in the book. It would contribute to making a reader confused while reading, as it did for me. I recommend this book to anyone who feels that they have a history with the Acadians.

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Post by Victoria Nwankwo 1 »

I rate the book a 2 out of 5 because I feel novels should create suspense to make the reader want to read more. This particular novel started with history, so yeah
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Post by Albert Muturi Kiura »

Nice history. I have got an interest to read this book.
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It was interesting I love it
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Post by Osvaldo Borghese »

Historical books are not always easy to read, you must like the argument and the history period when the tale is developed. thanks a lot for your review.
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