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Adrift on the Canadian frontier: The Voyageur, by Paul Carlucci, reviewed

Based on the 19th-century ‘voyageur’ Alexis de Martin, Carlucci’s young protagonist is befriended by kindly strangers. But what are their true motives?

13 April 2024

9:00 AM

13 April 2024

9:00 AM

The Voyageur Paul Carlucci

Swift Press, pp.400, 16.99

At the core of Paul Carlucci’s debut novel is a protracted medical experiment conducted by one human on another. Set on the Canadian frontier of the 1830s and inspired by historical record, the book takes the strange case of Dr William Beaumont’s tests on Alexis St Martin’s digestive system and spins a marvellously dark yarn around them, exploring the uses and abuses of an innocent.

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