Review: L’Amant de Patagonie by Isabelle Autissier

L'Amant de PatagonieL’Amant de Patagonie by Isabelle Autissier
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Once her mother died during childbirth, her father tried to raised his daughter in the best way. However, once she became a young woman, the reverend of the Scottish village where they lived recommended to send her to Patagonia in order to preach the Catholic word to Ouchouaya (known nowadays as Ushuaia) people.

But nobody will imagine she would fall in love with Anaki, the “noble savage” yamana. The book describes the difficulties in living in such a distant place where the climate is ruthless making life harder.

The narrative flows naturally but I felt a lack of more emotion by the main characters.

This book received the “Prix Maurice Genevoix 2013”.


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