written by Major John Richardson, narrated by Nick Adams
Note: Wacousta is a public domain novel.
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Although this is a novel in three volumes, it a single story. The individual volumes do not stand alone as full novels. I had intended to produce it as a single audiobook but the file size was far too large. Even broken down into three parts, each file is around 500 megs.
Wacousta, by Major John Richardson, is set at Fort Detroit and the surrounding country during Pontiac's rebellion of 1763. The mysterious warrior Wacousta has aligned himself with the First Nations forces who are besieging Detroit and Fort Michilimackinac on the extreme western edge of the British North American frontier. Pontiac is determined to stop expansion into the region, by any means. Wacousta is a great friend of Pontiac but has his own agenda - revenge against the British Commander at Detroit, Colonel De Haldimar.
The story begins with Wacousta stealing in to the secure fort and whispering something in to De Haldimar's ear. Only later to we discover the nature of his message. Meanwhile, Pontiac designs a clever scheme to break the siege at the well-defended fort - a scheme so cunningly designed as to have every chance of success. It is a novel full of adventure, capture, abduction and danger.
This book was written in 1832 and incorporates all the attitudes and perspectives of class, race, gender and culture prevalent at the time. Some of the terminology is now considered offensive but was common in the 19th century. I have only removed a single word, which I will not say, but have left all others intact. The style of writing is extremely convoluted and complex. Sentences often run on for a page or more and extracting the meaning and flow from the text is a challenge; I hope hearing it helps.
Wacousta is often considered Canada's first historical novel.