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The first of Margaret Laurence's compelling series of novels set in Manawaka, the fictional Scots-Irish community that Laurence created based on her childhood home of Neepawa, Manitoba, is also one of her most enduring. The Stone Angel is the story of Hagar Shipley. Cantankerous, cranky and often befuddled at 90, Hagar isn't ready to give up her independence and go into an old-age home. But she is trapped in a body that is betraying her bit by bit and a mind that overwhelms her with passionate, painful memories.
In this intimate accounting of her life, she recalls her privileged life as the daughter of Manawaka's only merchant, the rebellious spirit that led her to a miserable life as a farm wife, and the devastating death of her favourite child. When her son threatens to put her into a home, she takes matters into her own hands and seeks refuge in an abandoned canning factory. Hagar might be an irascible, vicious, and even vulgar old woman, but her feisty resilience makes her one of the most remarkable and appealing characters in Canadian literature. Laurence's first Manawaka novel, with its unforgettable portrait of old age, brilliantly sets the scene for the next books in the series. --Jeffrey Canton
“One of the most convincing – and the most touching – portraits of an unregenerate sinner.”
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This was a rather old edition that i received, virtually no writing in it. The story it's self is alright.Published 7 months ago by Krys C
I read this piece of beautiful canadiana literature when I was in high school. The story is even more poignant for me now considering the fact I have aged significantly. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Rio
Had to read it for a credit in school and found it boring? Maybe such readers cannot grasp anything that is not melodramatic. It is an astonishing book in so many ways. Read morePublished on Feb. 3 2013 by poprich
I was looking for an unabridged version, this is definitely not it!!!! This is a CBC radio version. For an English class it was not very useful.Published on June 26 2012 by Erin
This is a powerful story. I read it in my early 20s and it helped me to comprehend the complexity of human relationships.Published on Jan. 11 2012 by David Sabine
I received The Stone Angel quite fast, with the product exactly as described. I would buy again without any doubt from this seller.Published on Nov. 12 2011 by Annie
Here is a book that I probably wouldn't have picked by choice. I read it for a university course and fell in love with it. It is a definite page turner! Read morePublished on Aug. 19 2011 by Lilieva
One of the best books I've ever read! I'm sorry I waited so long to read her books.Published on Aug. 2 2010 by LenorB