Quebec Studies

Gabrielle Roy 1909-1983

Quebec Studies (1984), 2, (1), 1–3.

Abstract

GABRIELLE ROY 1909-1983 Quand on est vieux, vieux, est-ce qu'il faut mourir? . . . c'est un peu triste . . . de mourir jeune. Parce qu'on n'a pas eu le temps d'apprendre, d'aimer assez. . . . vieux, c'est naturel. . . . Mais On a fait sa vie. On a c o m m e le goût d'aller voir maintenant de l'autre côté. . . . Parce que vous avez assez appris et aimé de ce côtéci? . . . Assez appris? . . . Assez aimé? . . .[sic] je ne sais pas. Peut-être qu'on n'a jamais assez appris et aimé. . . . Je suppose qu'on voudrait toujours encore un petit peu de temps. La Route "Le Vieillard et l'enfant," d'Altamont, pp. 1 3 5 - 1 3 6 In response to a series of innocent questions posed by his young companion, the octogenarian, Monsieur Saint-Hilaire, attempts to explain the inevitability of death. The attempt to understand and accept death is a recurrent element in Gabrielle Roy's novels and short stories. As we mourn Gabrielle Roy's own death, we must turn our attention from the fictive realm to that of the tragic real: on July 13, 1983, a key contributor to the literary heritage of Québec and Canada died. While Gabrielle Roy's works will continue to be assessed and analyzed, there can be no question that she played a major role in gaining international respect and recognition for the evolving Québec narrative. A resident of the province of Québec since 1939, Gabrielle Roy was born in Saint Boniface, Manitoba, on Rue Deschambault, a street which eventually gave its name to one of her

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Babby, Ellen