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This paper examines how, in Michel Basiliere's "Black Bird", references to the October (FLQ) crisis are quite accurate, with the exception of some minor changes. There are many small intricacies that have been changed to make the story more interesting and readable, but in doing so the history is made inaccurate. The paper discusses how, although "Black Bird" is indeed a fictional work, it is a prime example of how changing a few facts here and there (usually to make the story more interesting) can serve to rewrite history.
From the Paper:"A British diplomat was kidnapped from his Montreal home in much the same way that is represented. Although, the diplomat's name is James Cross ,not "John" Cross as is depicted in the novel. This minor change in name could be considered a clever trick by Basiliere or if one were to think in terms of a narrative history, a mistake, which modifies the truth albeit very slightly. The kidnapping that occurred is depicted very accurately. James Cross was indeed kidnapped from his home with his maid and wife present and taken to a working-class home in Montreal (Heinrich, 9). Cross has described his kidnapping as being "in the situation of a small child" (Heinrich 9). Basiliere captures this sentiment well when Marie and John Cross first arrive at Marie's secret room. Cross is thinking to himself that " he [can't] recall ever having felt so vulnerable, so small [...] not even in public school" (247). Thus far, the story is fairly accurate and the historical facts are mostly true, even down to the emotions of Cross during the kidnapping."
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"Black Bird" (2009, April 17) Retrieved September 22, 2019, from https://www.academon.com/book-review/black-bird-113523/
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