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Perhaps the best known and most loved of all Margaret Laurence's novels, The Diviners was also her last novel and the final entry in her Manawaka sequence. Laurence, who saw The Diviners as her own fictional autobiography, tells the story of 48-year-old Morag Gunn as she struggles to finish another novel. As she works, she reminisces about her life. It's her story but it's also the story of the men and women who have fostered her, for good and bad: her parents, who died when she was five; her eccentric stepfather and his reclusive wife; her overbearing and repressive husband, who tried to smother her dreams to write; and the sensuous but unreliable Native lover who inspires her, with whom she bears a daughter and with whom she is never happy.
The Diviners is Laurence at her most inventive. She incorporates flashbacks, personal reminiscences, imaginary conversations, and philosophical meditations, shifting between narrative and digression to give readers a sense of Morag's thought processes. The novel also incorporates the themes that mattered most to Laurence: racial and gender equality, the validity of the Canadian literary experience, and the importance of artistic expression in society. The Diviners, which brought Laurence her second Governor General's Award in 1974, is a rich and striking novel, a fitting finale for Laurence's portrait of Manawaka. --Jeffrey Canton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
'It's hard to think of a contemporary novel more moving and more triumphant than THE DIVINERS' SARA MAITLAND -- Sara Maitland --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
Somehow it didn't grab me. I didn't finish it. I was disappointed . Maybe one day I will go back to it and give it another chance.Published 22 months ago by Irene
An amazing read. The characters are so well developed that you feel the change in the characters as time progresses, and as they grow older. Read morePublished on Dec 26 2009 by S. El-Hilo
There are some spicy sex scenes, but it's hard to believe that this novel was called pornography when it was first published in 1974. Read morePublished on June 5 2004 by I ain't no porn writer
I've read this book twice and I enjoyed it even more the second time. The characters are complex and interesting and their lives take unexpected twists and turns, making the story... Read morePublished on May 17 2003 by Melanie
I've read this book twice and I enjoyed it even more the second time. The characters are complex and interesting and their lives take unexpected twists and turns, making the story... Read morePublished on April 2 2003 by Melanie
The Diviners is one book that I could not put down! The present and past are intermingled in a heart rending story of love, fear, confusion and the struggle to find ones identity. Read morePublished on Dec 3 2002 by Aoife Ruane
Well, this is a great book and you gotta read it to know why. I had to read it in the last year of high school, this year. It started off like a pretty boring book. Read morePublished on Oct. 30 2000 by Mo
This book remains, to me, as one of the top-five books ever written by a Canadian, and probably the most beautiful book written about the prairies. Read morePublished on June 11 2000 by J. Gifford
I'm a high school student in Canada who choose to read this book with the suggestion of my English teacher. I enjoyed the book and and all the different literary techniques used. Read morePublished on April 30 2000