Memoirs of a Breton Peasant
Jean-Marie DeguignetISBN: 1583226168;
Book Description Memoirs of A Breton Peasant combines the discovery of a fascinating document of nineteenth-century history with an extraordinary life story. As lively as an adventure novel, the account bristles with the curiosity of an alert, opinionated autodidact from the very lowest level of peasant society, as Jean-Marie Deguignet moves through the world of his time. Most records from nineteenth-century Brittany are the chronicles of and by the middle and upper classes-the formally educated, the advantaged. Deguignet is unique not only as a reading and writing peasant, but in his skepticism regarding the Church; his interest in science, astronomy, and languages; and in his keen-often caustic-observations of the world and people around him. Born in 1834 near Quimper, in Brittany, to landless farmers, the young Deguignet was sent out several times a week to beg for the family's food. After some adolescent years as a cowherd and a domestic speaking only Breton,...
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