- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Dundurn (Feb. 9 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1550028774
- ISBN-13: 978-1550028775
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2 x 22.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 454 g
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #542,093 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Mary Wakefield Paperback – Feb 9 2009
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The role of women and the role of money and materialism in the novel offer an interesting point of comparison for younger readers in the classroom.(CM Magazine)
First published in 1949, in Mary Wakefield, the third book in the Jalna series, a young English woman is hired by Ernest Whiteoak to be a governess to Philip's motherless children. When Philip falls in love with her, his mother does all she can to prevent the marriage. This is book 3 of 16 in The Whiteoak Chronicles. It is followed by Young Renny.
About the Author
In 1927, Mazo de la Roche was an impoverished writer in Toronto when she won a $10, 000 prize from the American magazine, Atlantic Monthly for her novel, Jalna. The book became an immediate bestseller and went to be adapted for stage, screen and television. Known for creating unforgettable charactes that come to life for her readers, Mazo de la Roche, is truly an icon of Canadian literature.
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It was not until I was in high school that I discovered Mazo de la Roche had written an entire series about the Whiteoak family. I was completely hooked and at one point so immersed in the various characters that I couldn't believe they had never really existed. I think de la Roche was a genius at character development and the dynamics between the various different personalities remain consistant throughout the novels which span a full century from 1850 to 1950 or thereabouts. The development of the characters from children to adults is masterful as well. I am disappointed that the BBC has never seen fit to dramatize the series as I think they are far superior to 'The Forsyte Saga'. I know that the original book in the series was a successful play in London for many years. Odd that her work is virtually unknown today.