Jèrri Jadis

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Jèrri Jadis


Winner, Prix Littéraire du Cotentin 1974.

The appearance of a book almost entirely in the Jersey language was at the moment of publication an unexpected event. George Francis Le Feuvre, who wrote under the pseudonym George d'La Forge had for many years entertained, enlightened and delighted Jèrriais-speaking folk at home and abroad with his weekly articles in the " Jersey Evening Post".

Much of this book consists of extracts from those articles, but new material has been added to afford a fuller picture of various aspects of life in Jersey at the turn of the century ; and the selection recalls with emphasis the large-scale emigration from Jersey to the New World, and also to the Antipodes, to which comparatively little attention has been given by earlier writers. In its hey-day, though, this was a dominant element in the Island's life.

The author's own experiences, and those of his family, have provided him with ample first-hand material, but the book as a whole is far from being autobiographical. That material has been combined with his remarkable powers of observation and memory and his zestful affection for his native tongue to produce in "Jèrri Jadis" - a quite original piece of social history.

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