Roughing It in the Bush is a blend of memoir and novelization of what it was like to settle in the wilds of Upper Canada during the 1830s. Susanna Moodie shares numerous stories, poems and songs about the hardship, culture shock and disappointment her family experienced, all while falling deeply in love with the beauty of the country.
What I appreciated the most about Roughing It was how the author didn’t romanticize Canada or how nasty she found other immigrants. I feel she painted a realistic and very honest portrait of how hard it was to come from a middle-class background in England and become pioneers, enduring homesickness and the emotional journey one has to take to feel that a new country is home.
The book was boring and it was difficult for me to stay engaged.
Although this is considered a Canadian classic and *important* as a record of our national heritage, I can’t say I would recommend it unless you truly devoted to learning Canadian history. I was hoping to find a Heritage Minute commercial about Susanna Moodie and then stumbled upon the very interesting video below.