The Tin Flute by Gabrielle Roy

The Tin Flute (original French title Bonheur d'occasion, "secondhand happiness"), Gabrielle Roy’s first novel, is a classic of Canadian fiction. Imbued with Roy’s brand of compassion and understanding, this story focuses on a family in the Saint-Henri slums of Montreal, its struggles to overcome poverty and ignorance, and its search for love. A story of familial tenderness, sacrifice, and survival during World War II, The Tin Flute won both the Governor General's Award and the Prix Femina of France. The novel was made into a critically acclaimed motion picture in 1983. It was originally published in French as Bonheur d'occasion (literally, 'secondhand happiness'), which represents the character's sense of rebound love in the novel. Roy's first novel, Bonheur d'occasion (1945) gave a starkly realistic portrait of the lives of people in Saint-Henri, a working-class neighbourhood of Montreal. The novel caused many Quebecers to take a hard look at themselves and is regarded as the novel that helped lay the foundation for Quebec's Quiet Revolution of the 1960s. The original French version won Roy the prestigious Prix Femina in 1947. Published in English as The Tin Flute (1947), the book won the 1947 Governor General's Award for fiction as well as the Royal Society of Canada's Lorne Pierce Medal. Distributed in the United States, where it sold more than three-quarters of a million copies, the Literary Guild of America made The Tin Flute a featured book of the month in 1947. The book garnered so much attention that Roy returned to Manitoba to escape the publicity. There are two French versions of Bonheur d'occasion. The first was published in 1945 by Société des Éditions Pascal in two volumes. This version was translated in 1947 by Hannah Josephson, who removed several short passages from the English version. In 1965, Librairie Beauchemin published an abridged French version eliminating a number of passages. This second version was translated by Alan Brown in 1980. As a result, there has never been an unabridged version of The Tin Flute published in English.

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Name Binding Sales Rank Lowest New Lowest Used Published
Tin Flute (The) Hardcover 13645733 $18.04 1979
Essential Guide to Irish Flute and Tin Whistle Paperback 385848 $34.45 $33.09 2016
Mel Bay The Essential Guide to Irish Flute and Tin Whistle Paperback 1414260 $70.00 $23.42 2003
The Tin Whistle Tune Book : Thirty-Eight Tunes Appropriate for Tin Whistler Fife, Flute, or Violin Paperback 2370776 $3.00 $0.94 1980
Franklin and the Tin Flute (Kids Can Read) Paperback 5210599 $121.43 $3.00 2005
Mel Bay The Essential Guide to Irish Flute and Tin Whistle by Grey Larsen (2003-12-03) Paperback 11435740 $130.90 $43.11
The Tin Flute (New Canadian Library) Mass Market Paperback 1354067 $57.99 $1.99 1989
Easy Christmas Favorites for Tin Whistle or Irish Flute Paperback 2241716 $14.99 $41.80 2019
The Tin Flute. Hardcover 1163543 $3.48
The Tin Flute by Roy, Gabrielle (2009) Paperback Paperback 3951572 $30.06 $4.70
Franklin and the Tin Flute (Kids Can Read) Hardcover 8982469 $114.26 $4.49 2005
The Tin Flute (New Canadian Library) by Gabrielle Roy (1989-10-01) Mass Market Paperback 11679354 $129.05 $4.71
The Tin Flute Paperback 2568948 $18.45 $4.48 2009
The Tin Flute Hardcover 8812106 $3.49