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The Orenda

Joseph Boyden

History reveals itself when, in the seventeenth century, a Jesuit missionary ventures into the Canadian wilderness in search of converts-the defining moment of first contact between radically different worlds. What unfolds over the next several years is truly epic, constantly illuminating and surprising, sometimes comic, always entrancing and ultimately all too human in its tragic grandeur. Christophe has been in the New World only a year when his native guides abandon him to flee their Iroquois pursuers. A Huron warrior and elder named Bird soon takes him prisoner, along with a young Iroquois girl, Snow Falls, whose family he has just killed, and holds them captive in his massive village. Champlain's Iron People have only recently begun trading with the Huron, who mistrust them as well as this Crow who has now trespassed onto their land; and her people, of course, have become the Huron's greatest enemy. Putting both to death would resolve the issue, but Bird sees Christophe as a potential envoy to those in New France, and Snow Falls as a replacement for his two daughters who were murdered by the Iroquois. The relationships between these three are reshaped again and again as life comes at them relentlessly: a dangerous trading mission, friendly exchanges with allied tribes, shocking victories and defeats in battle, and sicknesses the likes of which no one has ever witnessed. The Orenda traces a story of blood and hope, suspicion and trust, hatred and love, that comes to a head when Jesuit and Huron join together against the stupendous wrath of the Iroquois, when everything that any of them has ever known or believed faces nothing less than annihilation. A saga nearly four hundred years old, it is also timeless and eternal.

History reveals itself when, in the seventeenth century, a Jesuit missionary ventures into the Canadian wilderness in search of converts-the defining moment of first contact between radically different worlds. What unfolds over the next several years is truly epic, constantly illuminating and surprising, sometimes comic, always entrancing and ultimately all too human in its tragic grandeur. Christophe has been in the New World only a year when his native guides abandon him to flee their Iroquois pursuers. A Huron warrior and elder named Bird soon takes him prisoner, along with a young Iroquois girl, Snow Falls, whose family he has just killed, and holds them captive in his massive village. Champlain's Iron People have only recently begun trading with the Huron, who mistrust them as well as this Crow who has now trespassed onto their land; and her people, of course, have become the Huron's greatest enemy. Putting both to death would resolve the issue, but Bird sees Christophe as a potential envoy to those in New France, and Snow Falls as a replacement for his two daughters who were murdered by the Iroquois. The relationships between these three are reshaped again and again as life comes at them relentlessly: a dangerous trading mission, friendly exchanges with allied tribes, shocking victories and defeats in battle, and sicknesses the likes of which no one has ever witnessed. The Orenda traces a story of blood and hope, suspicion and trust, hatred and love, that comes to a head when Jesuit and Huron join together against the stupendous wrath of the Iroquois, when everything that any of them has ever known or believed faces nothing less than annihilation. A saga nearly four hundred years old, it is also timeless and eternal.
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

History reveals itself when, in the seventeenth century, a Jesuit missionary ventures into the Canadian wilderness in search of converts-the defining moment of first contact between radically different worlds. What unfolds over the next several years is truly epic, constantly illuminating and surprising, sometimes comic, always entrancing and ultimately all too human in its tragic grandeur. Christophe has been in the New World only a year when his native guides abandon him to flee their Iroquois pursuers. A Huron warrior and elder named Bird soon takes him prisoner, along with a young Iroquois girl, Snow Falls, whose family he has just killed, and holds them captive in his massive village. Champlain's Iron People have only recently begun trading with the Huron, who mistrust them as well as this Crow who has now trespassed onto their land; and her people, of course, have become the Huron's greatest enemy. Putting both to death would resolve the issue, but Bird sees Christophe as a potential envoy to those in New France, and Snow Falls as a replacement for his two daughters who were murdered by the Iroquois. The relationships between these three are reshaped again and again as life comes at them relentlessly: a dangerous trading mission, friendly exchanges with allied tribes, shocking victories and defeats in battle, and sicknesses the likes of which no one has ever witnessed. The Orenda traces a story of blood and hope, suspicion and trust, hatred and love, that comes to a head when Jesuit and Huron join together against the stupendous wrath of the Iroquois, when everything that any of them has ever known or believed faces nothing less than annihilation. A saga nearly four hundred years old, it is also timeless and eternal.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Ali Ahn, Edoardo Ballerini, Graham Rowat

Length:

17h 37m


Chapters

Free Sample

01:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

02:38


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

07:38


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:33


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:57


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:32


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

02:04


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:32


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

13:46


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

28:24


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

33:20


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

24:07


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

32:31


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:27


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

13:33


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

02:54


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

25:34


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

11:36


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

30:34


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

35:00


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

21:50


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

09:59


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

03:27


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

02:17


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:12


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

02:18


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

20:27


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

24:14


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

39:14


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

21:57


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

14:38


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

25:46


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

38:59


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

34:31


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

10:18


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:53


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

15:03


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:39


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

09:26


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

13:57


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

08:24


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

12:56


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

13:43


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

17:40


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

33:51


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

01:36


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

24:21


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

13:18


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

22:21


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

16:52


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

10:42


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

22:11


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

27:42


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

21:10


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

19:59


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

14:43


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

08:24


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:38


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

03:48


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

12:00


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

09:03


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

06:40


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

03:41


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

03:04


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:45


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

03:29


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:11


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

06:02


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:41


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

07:49


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

05:34


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

08:19


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

03:03


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

05:17


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

09:05


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

18:01


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

18:16


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

02:02


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

01:42