Post details: The Stone Angel

11/05/07

Permalink 10:42:22 am, by sue Email , 295 words   English (CA)
Categories: Women's Issues, Reading Material

The Stone Angel

The Stone Angel by Margaret Laurence was originally published in 1964, and is still as relevant today, as it was back then. A true Canadian classic in literature, and I am happily reading it. :D

My middle daughter highly recommended this book after reading it for her Grade 12 English class, and I just had to discover what got this 17 year old so fired up. And so far (I am about 1/2 way through) am not disappointed.

Here is a snippet of a review from Amazon:

The Stone Angel is a compelling journey seen through the eyes of a woman nearing the end of her life. At ninety, Hagar Shipley speaks movingly of the perils of growing old and reflects with bitterness, humor, and a painful awareness of her own frailties on the life she has led. From her childhood as the daughter of a respected merchant, to her rebellious marriage, Hagar has fought a long and sometimes misguided battle for independence and respect. In the course of examining and trying to understand the shape her life has taken, her divided feelings about her husband, her passionate attachment to one son and her neglect of another, she is sometimes regretful, but rarely penitent. Asking forgiveness from neither God nor those around her, she must still wrestle with her own nature: "Pride was my wilderness, and the demon that led me there was fear." She has been afraid of being unrespectable, afraid of needing too much, afraid of giving too much, and her pride is both disturbing and inspiring. The Stone Angel is an excellent example of the realism and compassion present in all of Margaret Laurence's writing.

Definitely a wonderful read thus far, and in my opinion should be mandatory reading for all young women.

Cheers!
Sue
XOXO

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Comment from: MsDemmie [Visitor] Email · http://msdemmie.wordpress.com/
Thank you for the recommendation - I shall add that tot he seasonal list.
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