Roughing It in The Bush, also known as Forest Life in Canada is written by Susanna Moodie (London, 1852; Toronto, 1871). The book is Moodie’s most popular and has been variously described as a novel, a romance, a diary and a history. The story’s subject can be considered less elusive than its form. It is her experience as an immigrant who settled with her husband near Peterborough, West Canada.
Unlike the account by her sister, Catharine Parr Traill of the settler’s experience, Moodie opens with a bleak warning to prospective immigrants that Canada is not the Eden it is usually promoted to be in other country like England, and that the settler’s lot is a cruel and an unkind one. Moodie’s tone is more temperate and moderate, giving descriptions of the places and characters with more thoughts and imagination, alloying the documentary to be fictional and the personality she hands over is more intricate and complex.
Moodie’s exceptional character inspired other authors like Margaret Atwood who wrote an inspiring book of poems entitled, “The Journals of Susana Moodie” (1970). Roughing it in the Bush is centered in a private life’s history, history of women’s lives, Canada’s fascinating story and basically stories from everyday life. It tackles Susanna’s accounts of her family’s experiences homesteading in the Canadian wilderness during the middle of the nineteenth century.
It narrates her voyage to the New World, and her struggles to establish and make sense of life in the unruly world of pre-Confederation Canada. Susanna was a woman of amazing faith and character who believes that everyone has the power to overcome trials and sufferings, a great writer, poet, wife, and sister that inspires not only women, but people all over the world. Her masterpiece, Roughing It in the Bush will remain within the hearts of the readers throughout eternity.