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The city is the focus of hagar's life in small town and her life told in flashback not to be put in an old folks home
February 8, 2017
this much loved novel is still a joy to read so many years later and has not lost any of its relevance. We have the story of hagar who is about to be shoved into an old folks home by one of her sons and her attempts to fight him tooth and claw. The story is told in flashback like an old movie and we must first clue in as to the gist of this story stone angel: a cement fixture in a cemetery and there's a moving scene in the novel where the angel has toppled over and hagar wants to set it upright again but her son john fights her but at last relents. Why was this stone angel in the cemetery so important and what does it signify to the novel? There are many moving scenes in the novel and the story is cast in a fictional western town which becomes legendary as we recall the other stories of Margaret Laurence where the city is the focus of the story and what gives the story life.
Hagar is undone by the death of her son john. John was close to his father before he died and hagar goes to some length in presenting his story and the way in which he died. At his death she did not cry but was overcome with grief and so much of what happens to hagar is the after effect of john's death and her life with him and her husband. She does not know why john cares so much for his father since his father did not really put much attention to john or his bringing up and was not close to him but john takes care of him in his sickness and death and hagar never does recover over his death. Interesting story of how a town becomes a living entity of its own as in this story and hagar's life in that town. Recommended!