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The Stone Angel (VMC) av Margaret Laurence
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The Stone Angel (VMC) (urspr publ 1964; utgåvan 1987)

av Margaret Laurence (Författare)

Serier: Manawaka cycle (1)

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In her best-loved novel, The Stone Angel, Margaret Laurence introduces Hagar Shipley, one of the most memorable characters in Canadian fiction. Stubborn, querulous, self-reliant - and, at ninety, with her life nearly behind her - Hagar Shipley makes a bold last step towards freedom and independence. As her story unfolds, we are drawn into her past. We meet Hagar as a young girl growing up in a black prairie town; as the wife of a virile but unsuccessful farmer with whom her marriage was stormy; as a mother who dominates her younger son; and, finally, as an old woman isolated by an uncompromising pride and by the stern virtues she has inherited from her pioneer ancestors. Vivid, evocative, moving, The Stone Angel celebrates the triumph of the spirit, and reveals Margaret Laurence at the height of her powers as a writer of extraordinary craft and profound insight into the workings of the human heart.… (mer)
Medlem:JeanDav
Titel:The Stone Angel (VMC)
Författare:Margaret Laurence (Författare)
Info:Virago (1987), Edition: New Ed, 272 pages
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I confess that I didn’t like this book that much. The 3 stars are there because I do recognize the literary merits of Laurence’s writing. Actually her character development is also very good. But I had such a dislike for Hagar, the main character that it impeded any enjoyment of the book.

I have before read books where I found the writing lacking, and yet I liked the story and characters. I have been left after reading such books with the sad feeling that the story had deserved a better writer. This one, in the other hand, left with the sad feeling that Margaret Laurence deserved a better story.

Oh, I have read enough dislikeable characters, and yet enjoyed the book. Here though my reaction was visceral. I could not find any empathy for this hateful woman. I am glad that you finally died Hagar and that the book was over…
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  RosanaDR | Apr 15, 2021 |
Loved this book (and love Hagar) and continue to re-read it over the years. Always enjoy it, every time! ( )
  porte01 | Jan 25, 2021 |
Hagar Shipley is 90 years old and has lived through great societal change, from pioneers on the prairies to the (then) modern times of the mid-20th century. Her body and mind are failing, but her spirit is unbroken. Indeed, she is almost a woman of stone: she had two sons, but one of them died, and this incident made her the hard-seeming woman she is today. Her body and mind are failing, and her son is reaching the limits of his ability to care for her. She fights the move to a nursing home, just as she fights her uncooperative physical self, and she drops in and out of her memories, looking back over her life and eventually coming to terms with some of it.

The story was well constructed and executed, with present tense being used for 90-year-old Hagar and the past tense for her memories. It is also well written, although it feels a bit “heavier” descriptively than other books I’ve read lately. (The only thing I could *really* have done without was references to Brampton Shipley’s manhood.)

This book resonated with me personally; my own grandmother is approaching her 90th birthday and her kids are having to make tough decisions about how best to look after her while maintaining her independence. Even though the story, or the present-day aspect of it anyway, is set 50 to 60 years ago, the challenge of how to care for an aging population is still sadly relevant, especially nowadays with COVID-19 and outbreaks in long-term care homes.

I would recommend this if you’re interested in CanLit by female authors. It might also make an interesting pairing with the Alice Munro story “The Bear Came Over the Mountain”, which is also about the challenges of dealing with ageing (in that case, Alzheimer’s).

Postscript: the title and the first line definitely gave me Weeping Angel vibes. "Above the town, on the hill brow, the stone angel used to stand." USED TO?! That means someone blinked! ( )
1 rösta rabbitprincess | May 11, 2020 |
This Canadian classic drew me right in. Hagar Shipley is a 90-something year old woman nearing the end of her life. She lives with her son, Marvin, and his wife Doris. As they age themselves and have a more difficult time caring for her, they begin to try to convince her to move to a nursing home. Hagar is adamantly opposed and takes drastic steps to avoid moving.

The book is told from Hagar's point of view and she reminisces about her life as a child, wife, and mother in rural Manawaka while also revealing how aging is affecting her, both physically and mentally. Reminisces isn't really the right word though. Her age and mental state means that often she almost relives some of these times. Hagar is pointed and direct, funny and unfiltered. I really liked her, even while seeing how difficult she would be to live with and care for.

The novel is written with skill, beauty, and insight. I loved it. ( )
1 rösta japaul22 | Sep 10, 2019 |
Loved it. ( )
  Karen74Leigh | Sep 4, 2019 |
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In her best-loved novel, The Stone Angel, Margaret Laurence introduces Hagar Shipley, one of the most memorable characters in Canadian fiction. Stubborn, querulous, self-reliant - and, at ninety, with her life nearly behind her - Hagar Shipley makes a bold last step towards freedom and independence. As her story unfolds, we are drawn into her past. We meet Hagar as a young girl growing up in a black prairie town; as the wife of a virile but unsuccessful farmer with whom her marriage was stormy; as a mother who dominates her younger son; and, finally, as an old woman isolated by an uncompromising pride and by the stern virtues she has inherited from her pioneer ancestors. Vivid, evocative, moving, The Stone Angel celebrates the triumph of the spirit, and reveals Margaret Laurence at the height of her powers as a writer of extraordinary craft and profound insight into the workings of the human heart.

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