Guerre, Yes Sir!, La (1968), Roch Carrier's first and best-known novel, is a surrealist fable set in rural Québec during the Second World War. Carrier uses the conscription crisis to allegorize the tragedy of fear and hatred governing French-English relations. The novel is dominated by the wake and funeral of the war hero Corriveau. Corriveau's friend Bérubé beats his bride Molly, a Newfoundland whore, while his officers, the "English" soldiers who delivered the corpse, are attacked by the villagers. Other vignettes reflect violence literally and linguistically: Joseph chops off his hand in order to avoid conscription, while Amélie rules over her deserter husband and the draft-dodging Arthur, loving both cowards. Carrier's nightmare vision portrays the peasant and his language realistically but sympathetically. The novel was translated by Sheila Fischman (1970) and adapted for the stage in French (1970) and English (1972).
- MLA 8TH EDITION
- Lacombe, Michèle. "La Guerre, Yes Sir!". The Canadian Encyclopedia, 20 March 2017, Historica Canada. www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/la-guerre-yes-sir. Accessed 05 December 2023.
- APA 6TH EDITION
- Lacombe, M. (2017). La Guerre, Yes Sir!. In The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/la-guerre-yes-sir
- CHICAGO 17TH EDITION
- Lacombe, Michèle. "La Guerre, Yes Sir!." The Canadian Encyclopedia. Historica Canada. Article published February 07, 2006; Last Edited March 20, 2017.
- TURABIAN 8TH EDITION
- The Canadian Encyclopedia, s.v. "La Guerre, Yes Sir!," by Michèle Lacombe, Accessed December 05, 2023, https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/la-guerre-yes-sir
La Guerre, Yes Sir!
Article by Michèle Lacombe
Published Online February 7, 2006
Last Edited March 20, 2017