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The Stone Angel
The Stone Angel | Margaret Laurence
The Stone Angel, The Diviners, and A Bird in the House are three of the five books in Margaret Laurence's renowned "Manawaka series," named for the small Canadian prairie town in which they take place. Each of these books is narrated by a strong woman growing up in the town and struggling with physical and emotional isolation. In The Stone Angel, Hagar Shipley, age ninety, tells the story of her life, and in doing so tries to come to terms with how the very qualities which sustained her have deprived her of joy. Mingling past and present, she maintains pride in the face of senility, while recalling the life she led as a rebellious young bride, and later as a grieving mother. Laurence gives us in Hagar a woman who is funny, infuriating, and heartbreakingly poignant. "This is a revelation, not impersonation. The effect of such skilled use of language is to lead the reader towards the self-recognition that Hagar misses."Robertson Davies, New York Times "It is [Laurence's] admirable achievement to strike, with an equally sure touch, the peculiar note and the universal; she gives us a portrait of a remarkable character and at the same time the picture of old age itself, with the pain, the weariness, the terror, the impotent angers and physical mishaps, the realization that others are waiting and wishing for an end."Honor Tracy, The New Republic "Miss Laurence is the best fiction writer in the Dominion and one of the best in the hemisphere."Atlantic "[Laurence] demonstrates in The Stone Angel that she has a true novelist's gift for catching a character in mid-passion and life at full flood. . . . As [Hagar Shipley] daydreams and chatters and lurches through the novel, she traces one of the most convincingand the most touchingportraits of an unregenerate sinner declining into senility since Sara Monday went to her reward in Joyce Cary's The Horse's Mouth."Time "Laurence's triumph is in her evocation of Hagar at ninety. . . . We sympathize with her in her resistance to being moved to a nursing home, in her preposterous flight, in her impatience in the hospital. Battered, depleted, suffering, she rages with her last breath against the dying of the light. The Stone Angel is a fine novel, admirably written and sustained by unfailing insight."Granville Hicks, Saturday Review "The Stone Angel is a good book because Mrs. Laurence avoids sentimentality and condescension; Hagar Shipley is still passionately involved in the puzzle of her own nature. . . . Laurence's imaginative tact is strikingly at work, for surely this is what it feels like to be old."Paul Pickrel, Harper's
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Ruthiella
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My last title for the Summer edition of #Booked2022 Set in a Canadian Province

Spanning the late 1800s to the middle of the 20th century, this is the story of an uncompromising and bitter woman. The story at times felt almost biblical in how Hagar Currie Shipley is unable to love or appreciate those who love her most. It was frustrating to read at times - Hagar is often her own worst enemy- but it always felt real.

CarolynM I‘d not heard of Margaret Laurence until @LeahBergen kindly sent me this book. I liked it a lot. I‘m going to read more of her books one day…🥴 1mo
Ruthiella I heard about Laurence first from a book blogger a few years ago. But this was my first title. I too would like to read more from her…some day! 1mo
squirrelbrain Great review - I also read this one thanks to @LeahBergen! Cute pupper! 1mo
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Ruthiella @squirrelbrain Thanks! @LeahBergen influence is GLOBAL! 😆 1mo
vivastory I def recommend reading the rest of the Manawaka cycle! I read through them with several other Littens last year & it was one of my fave reading experiences of the year 1mo
LeahBergen @CarolynM @squirrelbrain @Ruthiella 😆😆 Just doing my bit for Can Lit. Wait … I should make that into a t-shirt for myself! 😆 1mo
TrishB @LeahBergen sent it to me too 😁 she‘s on commission! 1mo
LeahBergen @vivastory It was an AMAZING group read with everyone, wasn‘t it? ❤️ 1mo
LeahBergen @TrishB Bahaha! 😆😆 1mo
TrishB @LeahBergen have to also add I loved it ❤️ 1mo
vivastory @LeahBergen It was the best 💙 1mo
batsy I need to read this! I read the other books in the cycle with the Manawakan gang and really love Laurence ❤️ The cute doggo seems to approve of the book, also! 1mo
Cinfhen I recently ordered this book after seeing all the rave reviews- but I‘m worried my expectations will ruin the book 😬and your furry friend is SUPER CUTE♥️ 1mo
Ruthiella @TrishB Good to know you loved it too! I‘m sure any commission @LeahBergen earned was spent on buying MORE BOOKS! 😆 1mo
Ruthiella @vivastory I remember those posts and they definitely contributed to my desire to get to this book sooner rather than later! 1mo
jlhammar I read this one, A Bird in the House and Jest of God several years ago and loved them. Need to get to the other Laurence titles on my shelves (The Diviners and The Fire-Dwellers). Great review! 1mo
Ruthiella @batsy I was surprised to see on goodreads that you hadn‘t yet read it! You have no idea how many pictures I had to take to get one presentable with Penny, the dog! She‘s no model! 1mo
batsy Aww, Penny! A photogenic but reluctant model 😂 1mo
Ruthiella @Cinfhen Thanks, Penny isn‘t photogenic. It took many pictures to get one that was cute enough! Temper your expectations accordingly. This is definitely an older fashioned novel. But the way it is structured kept me engaged. 1mo
Ruthiella @jlhammar Thanks! I‘m definitely going to read the rest in the Manawaka cycle. I‘m woefully under-read in Can-Lit! 1mo
Cinfhen I had a feeling @Ruthiella ☺️ 1mo
PaperbackPirate Cute! 😍🐕💙 1mo
Ruthiella @PaperbackPirate Thanks! 🙏🐶 1mo
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Centique
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Had a night away in a lodge with my husband as a birthday treat and finished this wonderful book.
This is the best book I‘ve read this year 🙌😍 It was one of those experiences where I‘m aware of loving the way Laurence writes even while I‘m reading it. Astonishing too to feel I was the protagonist Hagar, I shared her regrets and weaknesses, when we‘re truly so different. Laurence almost performs magic to put you inside Hagar‘s head. 🔽

Centique Such an incredible look at approaching death as one become frail. Laurence is so realistic and must have life experience of this I think to get it so right. 4mo
Centique It‘s nice to have read this just after Eudora Honeysett because Eudora gave me enough optimism that this didn‘t feel bleak. 4mo
Centique I seem to be having an unofficial and coincidental theme of #readingoctagenarians and I‘m loving it. Yay for POVs from the elderly 🙌🙌 4mo
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vivastory I'm so thrilled that you loved this one so much! This made me fall in love with Laurence's books last year. If you haven't read the rest of the Manawaka series, I *highly* recommend them!! 4mo
Centique Also kudos to all the Littens who read this as a buddy read and were much more eloquent about it! @CarolynM @squirrelbrain @merelybookish 4mo
Centique @vivastory I am definitely going to read the rest! What an absolute talent she had 😍 4mo
BarbaraBB A wonderful read indeed. And so is your getaway 😍 4mo
Cathythoughts Beautiful review, Paula. I‘m happy to say I have this book , I‘m looking forward to reading it soon. ❤️ 4mo
LeahBergen Eee!! 👏👏👏 I‘m so glad you loved this one; I‘ve been pushing it on people for ages. 😆😆 4mo
Cinfhen Looks like a marvelous getaway and book sounds fabulous 💕 4mo
squirrelbrain Looks like a lovely break! I‘ve just started Eudora on audio, after Cindy‘s recommendation! @Cinfhen 4mo
rockpools Wow! 4mo
Cinfhen I‘m happy you‘re listening to Eudora @squirrelbrain it‘s heartwarming 🥰 4mo
batsy I need to read this! I read all of her others books thanks to a Litsy buddy read. I'm all onboard with #readingoctogenarians and it kinda dovetails with #spinsterlit in a way. 4mo
merelybookish It makes me so happy when people fall in love with Margaret Laurence! She really is special and this isn't even my favorite by her! 4mo
Megabooks Excited that you got to get away. This was on @vivastory ‘s #NYWD list, and I got a copy earlier this month. Excited to read it! 4mo
vivastory @merelybookish I vacillate between a couple of favorites, depending on my mood 4mo
vivastory @Megabooks I'm looking forward to your thoughts on it. Her name popped up during a NYRB discussion, thanks to @leahbergen & after the Stone Angel there was no looking back 4mo
vivastory @batsy Have you read Anita Brookner? I have been meaning to for eons & I know she is a #spinsterlit saint 4mo
batsy @vivastory She is, isn't she 😆 I've only read her first one A Start in Life and I loved it. I plan to go down the list in publication order. Was actually thinking of having a Brookner year in 2022 but I'm already behind, so maybe next year 🙈 4mo
vivastory @batsy It's so funny you mention that one. I added it to my TBR over the weekend after watching a 5 Best English Novels video w/ 2 of my favorite people on BookTube. A Brookner year sounds delightful! I can see her being one of those authors that I want to read everything they wrote 💙 4mo
batsy @vivastory I feel the same! Just the reviews of her work plus a few interviews I've read suggests that she might become a favourite. 4mo
Centique @batsy @vivastory putting my hand up for any Brookner group reads. She‘s so insightful too ✋😘 4mo
TrishB Lovely review and I read this from a copy sent to me by @LeahBergen because she‘s obviously on commission 😁😁 it‘s a great read. 4mo
LeahBergen @TrishB 😆😆 4mo
Centique @TrishB @LeahBergen she should be on commission! 😂😂 (in the best way 😍) 4mo
CarolynM I think you‘re pretty eloquent too😘 I‘m looking forward to reading more Margaret Laurence. Have you read Moon Tiger or Tirra Lirra By The River? Two more elderly ladies on their deathbeds and both excellent. 4mo
Centique @CarolynM I loved Moon Tiger! I haven‘t read Tirra Lirra so I will put that on my list. ☺️ 4mo
Rissreads Your best book this year, then it‘s definitely stacked! 3mo
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May #BookSpin plans! Overall the theme this month for me is catch up 😅

My #BookSpin this month is Stone Angel again, so I'll definitely try to get to it this time. And my #doublespin is the 3rd book in a series, books 1-2 were pulled in March and April. So I'll try to catch up that series completely.

Thanks @TheAromaofBooks !

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! Good luck!!! 5mo
HeyT I feel you I‘m two months behind as well. 5mo
llwheeler @HeyT we can do it! 5mo
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sarahbellum
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A picture with my elderly Siamese, Basil, felt appropriate for this review. He‘ll be 18 soon and is also raging against the dying of the light #catsoflitsy

This was my first Laurence & it‘s going to take me awhile to process. Can‘t say I loved it, but there‘s something very powerful about reading a first person account of dying of old age. Rightfully uncomfortable & stifling.

Sidenote: Hagar reminded me of Tony‘s mom, Livia, in The Sopranos 😆

AmyG He is beautiful. 6mo
RaeLovesToRead Aww Basil 🥰❤ 6mo
LiseWorks Siamese cats live long. I had a half siamese who lived until he was 18. He was the best cat I ever had. 6mo
sarahbellum @AmyG @RaeLovesToRead @LiseWorks He claimed me as his person 14 years ago and I can‘t imagine life without him. He‘s such a fussy old man now and I love him even more for it 😻 6mo
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1) Szabós Katalin Street. It was the February #NYRBBookClub selection & I haven't been able to stop thinking about it. Having read, & loved, another book by Szabó I figured I would enjoy it but I was caught off guard by how much it impacted me.
2) Margaret Laurence!
3) I mentioned the 3 upcoming releases on 4/5. In addition I am really anticipating Tremblay's Pallbearers Club, King's Fairy Tale, Keefe's Rogues.
@ozma.of.oz #sundayfunday

ozma.of.oz Yay for book club picks! Thanks for sharing! 7mo
LeahBergen And now I‘m all smug that I‘ve read 1 and 2. 😉 7mo
blondy123 1. The Iron King series and 2. Frost Kay 6mo
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CarolynM
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#12booksof2021 #8thbookof2021 #August

This is a real #blameitonLitsy - a Canadian classic gifted to me by @LeahBergen and buddy read with @BarbaraBB and @squirrelbrain Such a good book.
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vivastory A brilliant book! I love the entire series 9mo
Cathythoughts Looks good ! I already have it stacked 9mo
Andrew65 Sounds good. 9mo
LeahBergen This makes me so happy! 😊 9mo
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts I‘m going to send you a copy soon, Cathy. I couldn‘t remember if I had bought it for you yet. 😆 I‘m quite sure you‘ll like it! (edited) 9mo
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#BookReport 33/21

Another good week. The tagged one was my favorite but I also loved some stories in The Hidden Light of Objects.

Cathythoughts I see I have tagged one stacked already 👍🏻❤️ 13mo
TrishB Good week 👍🏻 13mo
Cinfhen Glad you enjoyed your buddy read with @squirrelbrain 💖 13mo
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CarolynM
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90 year old Hagar is nearing the end of her life, her body and her mind are failing, but she is still very much the proud, wilful person she has always been. Remembering events from her long life, she begins to see what that pride and will have cost her. She is an extraordinary character who I will not forget in a hurry. Thanks for the buddy read Barbara and Helen. Thanks Leah for gifting me this wonderful book.

Cinfhen Pretty photo 😍 14mo
LeeRHarry Gorgeous magnolia- I‘m loving seeing them around 😊 14mo
CarolynM @Cinfhen @LeeRHarry Thank you😘 😘 Spring is springing - the magnolia is flowering, the hyacinths are out and there are daffodils in our front lawn🙂 Reasons to be cheerful in lockdown🌸🌷🌼 (edited) 14mo
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Cinfhen Agreed ♥️🌸🌞 14mo
BarbaraBB Wonderful magnolia and review. I think we felt pretty much the same about it! 14mo
Lizpixie Hows your lockdown going my fellow #covidprisoner? Mines just going from bad to worse, even having years of practice hasn‘t been helping lately🤪 14mo
squirrelbrain Lovely review! I think all 3 of us felt the same didn‘t we Carolyn @BarbaraBB ? Your magnolia is gorgeous! 14mo
CarolynM @BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain Thank you😘😘 Interesting that we all had much the same reaction. I wonder whether that says more about the book or about us? 14mo
CarolynM @Lizpixie I'm sorry, lovely. Sending hugs🤗🤗 It's hard to be forcibly separated from family and friends. Hang in there. 💕 14mo
Lizpixie Thank you sweetie. It must be hard on you guys down there too, especially with people wilfully breaching orders with parties etc. I know it drives me nuts some of the morons in Sydney. How‘s your family coping? At least we‘ve had perfect early spring weather, what‘s Melbourne been like? The magnolias are stunning, I‘ve always wanted to put one in, it‘s a toss up between that or a Japanese maple 🍁 14mo
Cathythoughts Lovely review ❤️ 14mo
CarolynM @Lizpixie I think it's a mixture of feeling like we're used to it and feeling frustrated that it's happening again. The selfishness of those people partying is beyond belief, but I guess there are a few people like that everywhere. The weather's all over the place. We've had some real Springlike days and others still cold and wet. It feels like it's getting brighter overall. 14mo
CarolynM @Cathythoughts Thank you😘 How are things in Cork? 14mo
Cathythoughts Thanks for asking. We are opening up … slowly. Covid is still very much in the community.. but there has been a big uptake on the vaccine here. .. 12 - 16 year olds are being offered vaccine at the moment. We are still being very cautious & careful in our bubble. Some restaurants that opened have had to temporarily close due to outbreaks. How about your area .. I think you are in lockdown at the moment ? I hope you are all ok X 14mo
CarolynM @Cathythoughts Good to hear you have good uptake on the vaccine. We have been ridiculously slow with rolling it out. It has only been made available to 18 - 40s in the last couple of weeks. We're locked down for at least another 2 weeks☹️ Caution is going to be important for all of us for quite a while I think. Take care💕 14mo
squirrelbrain Interesting question Carolyn! I think it‘s a bit of both - I do think we all like similar books but I think that the book is so well-written that it will engender the same reactions in most people. 14mo
Centique Hi Carolyn. We‘re in lockdown too now. We moved my dad into his retirement apartment Monday and then it locked down Tuesday so the poor blighted is completely confused with all his routines upended and not knowing where to go. But the staff will help him out and he‘ll slowly figure out his apartment and routines. Luckily I delivered him new library books on Monday! 14mo
CarolynM @Centique Hi Paula. I heard the news from NZ last night and thought of you. Now I hear it's the delta strain via Sydney? The NSW govt is a disgrace & our PM needs to take some responsibility too since he cheered them on while they criticised Victoria for "over-reacting" last year. Such awful timing for your Dad. It won't help him with the adjustment. I hope he'll be happy in his new apartment. Look after yourselves and keep in touch? 14mo
Centique @CarolynM thank you Carolyn! We have our second vaccinations next week, he and I, so hopefully I‘ll get to see him then. 14mo
Centique @CarolynM and you‘re so right about NSW under-reacting 😬 Good luck to you all too 💕 14mo
LeahBergen Yay!! I‘m so glad you (and your fellow buddy readers) enjoyed this one. 👏🏻👏🏻 @squirrelbrain @BarbaraBB 13mo
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BarbaraBB
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“Odd. Only now do I see that what‘s going to happen can‘t be delayed indefinitely.”

In her refusal to live in a home for the elderly and the wish to hold on to her own independence, 90+ years old Hagar is as rebellious as she has been her whole life. A life that she now revisits to keep the future at bay. Hers hasn‘t been easy and she hasn‘t been the best mother. ⬇️⬇️

(Pic: Kea, Greece)

BarbaraBB ⬆️⬆️ Pride and stubbornness withheld her from being as close to her children as she wanted and before she knew it, it was too late. The confrontation with aging and her own mortality is a hard one for Hagar. And the way Laurence describes her fear and rebellion makes it so real, I can almost feel it myself. I am glad you recommended this book @vivastory and am happy to read it along with you both, @squirrelbrain and @CarolynM ! (edited) 14mo
CarolynM Great review, Barbara. I've just finished. I'm going to process a bit before I post a review. 14mo
Freespirit Great review!! 14mo
squirrelbrain Great review Barbara! I enjoyed reading along with you and @CarolynM 😘 14mo
vivastory Wonderful review! Laurence excels at creating memorable characters. Hagar is such a stubborn, & tragic, character! I still found myself rooting for her. I'm so glad you liked it 14mo
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squirrelbrain
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Hagar isn‘t a likeable character at all but, bizarrely you do grow to like her as well as admire her as she looks back over her life, whilst resisting being moved to a home.

I loved this and want to read more in the series. Thanks for sending me this @LeahBergen and for instigating #laurencemania across Litsy. 😁 Thanks also to @BarbaraBB and @CarolynM for the #buddyread - I‘m sorry I didn‘t post more as I inhaled it in two days whilst camping!

TrishB Is @LeahBergen getting commission for this 😁😁 one of the first books I ever received from a Litsy friend! 14mo
BarbaraBB I hope you had a great camping trip! I hope to finish the book tonight! 14mo
squirrelbrain She should be, shouldn‘t she?! @TrishB 14mo
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CarolynM I know what you mean, I found she was hard to like but easy to sympathise with. Hope you had a lovely weekend away. 14mo
LeahBergen @TrishB 🤣🤣 Sorry for the late reply! I‘ve just returned home from our little holiday. 13mo
LeahBergen @squirrelbrain I‘m so glad (and relieved 🤣) that you all enjoyed it! 13mo
TrishB @LeahBergen hope you had a lovely time ❤️ 13mo
squirrelbrain Of course we did @LeahBergen - you have excellent taste! Hope you had a lovely holiday! 13mo
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Even in a world where women have more options this quote strikes me as very real.

BarbaraBB Yes! That one hit home for me to. “So soon.” 14mo
CarolynM @BarbaraBB I'm loving this book. Hagar is a wonderful character. "Old lady looking back" is a great vehicle. It's reminding me of Moon Tiger and Tirra Lirra by the River. 14mo
BarbaraBB Yes I was thinking of Moon Tiger too! I haven‘t read Tirra Linna but will check it out! 14mo
squirrelbrain I haven‘t read either of those books - I shall check them out Carolyn. @BarbaraBB 14mo
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I've made a start on our buddy read @BarbaraBB and @squirrelbrain Two chapters in and I'm enjoying it.

LeahBergen Yay! 👏🏻 I hope it‘s a hit for you. 14mo
BarbaraBB I am about halfway now. My favorite quote so far is the one @vivastory mentioned earlier, at the end of chapter 5 💔 @squirrelbrain 14mo
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Last minute camping trip for the weekend. Hoping to find the time to start this book for our #buddyread @BarbaraBB @CarolynM .

We‘re only an hour and a half from home so still in Yorkshire - we have a little bit of sunshine but it‘s rather wild and windy - not like your lovely pics from Greece, Barbara!

julesG Enjoy your trip! (I think nothing beats @BarbaraBB's pictures from Greece. I've been stalking her on Instagram) 14mo
TrishB Enjoy 😁 14mo
BarbaraBB Your camper looks amazing! Enjoy! I am flying home later today so no more Mediterranean blue pictures unfortunately. Thanks for stalking @julesG 💙, what is your Instagram handle? 14mo
CarolynM Enjoy your weekend away💕 14mo
julesG @BarbaraBB it's julesgdside. But I'm not very active on Instagram 14mo
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merelybookish
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Coincidentally while packing for a big move I found this: my response to The Stone Angel from 1991. (Sidenote: at what point does one throw out essays from high school and college?! 😬)
At 18, I claimed Hagar's strength was her greatest asset and greatest weakness. Now I am less sure and more forgiving. (Absolutes are easier at 18). Hagar is strong but she needed to be to survive. She also wasn't given many other options. Laurence doesn't 👇

merelybookish Sugarcoat the indignities of old age or suggest that wisdom comes easily. Hagar is a complicated woman throughout her entire life, and Laurence honours that. It was wonderful to re-read this book and discover Laurence is every bit the wonderful writer I believed her to be in my youth. Thank you @vivastory for giving me a reason to read this. I look forward to rereading more Laurence soon! 1y
jewright I like to go back occasionally and read my high school and college essays to remind myself what I used to write like back then and compare them to the students I teach now. They are also good for a laugh! 1y
merelybookish @jewright I bet that does give some perspective as a teacher! And yes, some laughs. 😉 I've decided to pare down to the essays I have some connection/affection for. There's no way I'm ever rereading my essay on The Faerie Queen. 😅 1y
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vivastory A few years ago I threw away some journals that I was keeping on an almost daily basis (pre MySpace) during a very tumultuous period in my early 20s & I really regret doing so. Although I *just* finished this book I'm already tempted to reread it, not the least of which because of the complexities that Laurence portrays so effectively as you point out in your fantastic review. I completely agree with your assertions that in the hands of a (cont) 1y
vivastory lesser author the story would have become saccharine & would have ended with Hagar having a cheap epiphany. Despite her struggles, she was stubbornly herself to the end & this was def a survival mechanism & made her more memorable. Looking forward to Jest of God. 1y
merelybookish @vivastory Yes, stubbornly herself to the end. I Iike that! In a way it is frustrating for a reader (why can't she give poor Marvin a break!) But that is not who she is. I also like that she is always the center of her own story. She really does not go softly into the night. I'm also looking forward to A Jest of God. I mentioned on another thread that it had a strong impact on me when I read it before. 1y
merelybookish *Gently not softly. 🤦 @vivastory Also, thanks for the advice re: writing. I have also ditched things (eg books) that I later regretted so I'm of two minds about what to do with my essays. 1y
vivastory It's interesting to hear your perspective on Laurence since you've read her work before. I would at least scan them & upload them, in case you change your mind later. I'm currently slowly digitizing pre-digital photos etc 1y
LeahBergen I love that you still have this essay and wish I had kept more of mine! 1y
sarahbarnes I love that you found this! Also looking forward to reading Laurence at some point. 1y
TheLudicReader I still have my essays. They‘re like a time capsule and should be kept forever. 😀 1y
Liz_M I'm not sentimental at all and have no regrets about throwing out all of my school papers. 😁 I have also moved four times in seven years and would rather bring a box of books than a box of papers. 1y
merelybookish @LeahBergen I think you're enabling. 😆 1y
merelybookish @sarahbarnes Happy to pass along this copy, if you want. 1y
merelybookish @TheLudicReader Another enabler! 😆 1y
merelybookish @Liz_M I get it! I will definitely be moving many boxes of books! 1y
merelybookish @vivastory One more question. Did you get the sense there was something inappropriate in her father's attentions? Like a subtle suggestion of sexual abuse, or the possibility of it? I got a hint of that and it better helped me understand her decision of marry Bram. But I'm second guessing myself because I currently work with sexual assault survivors and so now see it everywhere. 1y
TheLudicReader @merelybookish I have a hard time letting go of ephemera. What can I say? 😂 1y
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Another beautiful passage from Laurence! I'm still going @vivastory just slower than I'd like!

vivastory I loved this passage when I first read it & it reminded me of another passage that I couldn't quite place. I now know what it is. I hear very faint echoes of the first couple of stanzas of Rilke's First Elegy
https://www.poemhunter.com/poem/duino-elegies-the-first-elegy/
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BkClubCare Gosh, that bit abt “Now I could fancy myself there among them tiaraed with starfish thorny and purple...” would be great on my tombstone. 😊🧜‍♀️👸 1y
merelybookish @vivastory Wow, that Rilke! ❤️ I can see why you made the connection. Also interesting that Hagar is reciting poetry a lot in this scene (mostly Keats.) 1y
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merelybookish @BkClubCare What an epitaph! I love that line too. 👸 1y
vivastory At the risk of sounding a bit pretentious, while reading Stone Angels I found the same sort of desperate search for transcendence even in the midst of despair that I do while reading my fave poets (Rilke, Dickinson Keats & of course D. Thomas) 1y
batsy What a passage. I definitely need to read all of Laurence's work. 1y
merelybookish @vivastory I don't think that sounds pretentious at all. But literature is central to my own search for meaning, so maybe I'm pretentious too. 🙂 1y
merelybookish @batsy I'm sorta amazed at how beautiful some of the passages are! It's making me want to re-read all her books! 1y
vivastory @batsy @merelybookish I'm going to be reading Jest of God with @leahbergen the beginning of August. Feel free to join! 1y
LeahBergen Isn‘t this stunning? 😍 And I hope you can join in on our Jest of God read! @batsy , too! 1y
merelybookish @LeahBergen @vivastory I would love too and will see if I can get a copy in time. When I read it at 20, it spoke to my fear of ending up unmarried and alone. Curious how it would affect me now. 😉 Perhaps some Laurence #spinsterlit @batsy 1y
merelybookish @LeahBergen Also, I think you are singlehandedly responsible for spreading Laurence love on Litsy, so good work on that! 👏👏 1y
batsy @vivastory I'd love to join you and @LeahBergen and @merelybookish in August! Luckily I have a copy, precisely because it came to my attention as #spinsterlit sometime back @merelybookish 😆 Also want to check out the 60s movie adaptation, Rachel, Rachel :) 1y
LeahBergen @batsy I‘m thinking that Laurence might do some really good #SpinsterLit, too! 👏🏻 1y
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Look what just arrived @LeahBergen !! I see from your note that you sent it at the beginning of April 😮 - it‘s been on a looong journey!

I‘ve not read the book (not even heard of it - is that really bad?! 😳) and it looks fascinating - gorgeous cover too. I love the personalised squirrel bookmark and the maple chocolate isn‘t going to last long in this house! 😁

Thank you so much for these lovely gifts! 😘

Cathythoughts So lovely ! That chocolate is to die for , you lucky duck 👍🏻❤️ 1y
MsMelissa The Stone Angel is excellent! Margaret Laurence, sadly, isn‘t very well known outside of Canada. 1y
LeahBergen Oh my God! Where has it been? At least “someone” has been enjoying some world travelling! 🤣🤣 I was just telling myself that I was going to send you a book from Book Depository this week. I‘m glad it finally arrived! 1y
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squirrelbrain Yes, I‘m glad that someone got to go on a lovely holiday around the world @LeahBergen ! I‘m glad it arrived just in the nick of time… 1y
squirrelbrain I‘m looking forward to discovering a new (to me) author @MsMelissa ! 1y
BarbaraBB I had never heard of it either until @vivastory mentioned it a few days ago and I found myself ordering a copy immediately! 1y
vivastory I can't wait to see what you think! I stand by my enthusiasm wholeheartedly 1y
squirrelbrain Just looked at your review @vivastory - even more excited to read it now! @BarbaraBB - let me know if you fancy a buddy read of this? @LeahBergen 1y
BarbaraBB I do! Would the second half of August be okay for you? 😘 1y
squirrelbrain Great @BarbaraBB - I was going to suggest August too! I‘m really looking forward to sharing this read with you. 😘 1y
LeahBergen @squirrelbrain @MsMelissa @BarbaraBB @vivastory I was just laughing to my husband about how much this little (old) Canadian book has spread around the Litsy world. 🤣🤣 I‘ve also sent it to @TrishB and @CarolynM ! 1y
BarbaraBB Me too! Maybe @TrishB or @CarolynM likes to join too - since @LeahBergen is on a roll 😃 1y
TrishB @BarbaraBB I‘ve actually read it when @LeahBergen sent me it in early Litsy days 😁 I loved it. Will look forward to all your reviews! 1y
lazydaizee The chocolate looks nice , hope you enjoy it and save some for me. 1y
CarolynM @BarbaraBB I'd love to join you 🙂 I need a push to read this because, although I am definitely interested in it, there have always been other books demanding my attention. 1y
squirrelbrain That‘s great news @CarolynM - looking forward to it! @leahbergen - look what you‘ve caused now - a truly international #buddyread! A Canadian book being read in England, the Netherlands and Australia! @BarbaraBB 1y
LeahBergen @squirrelbrain I love it! We‘re a little global community, aren‘t we? 🤣 1y
LeahBergen @CarolynM I so know what you mean! I‘m still finding the time to slot in some of the lovely books you‘ve bought for me, too. 😘 1y
BarbaraBB @CarolynM @squirrelbrain That is so nice, to buddyread with you both! Thanks @LeahBergen 😉🤍 1y
BarbaraBB @TrishB That is good to know! I‘ve completed missed this one! 1y
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vivastory
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There are certain books where the epitaph returns while reading as a driving force & in the case of Laurence's Stone Angel I found myself often reminded of the epitaph quoting Dylan Thomas' Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night. The first book in her Manawaka series, The Stone Angel follows septuagenarian narrator Hagar Shipley as her son Marvin & her barely tolerated daughter in law Doris plan to move her into a nursing home. To say that Hagar👇

vivastory does not suffer fools lightly is an understatement, but she can also be fiercely & self-consciously stubborn. We learn about Hagar's childhood with her brothers & her merchant father & her controversial marriage to Bram. The Stone Angel is filled with a strong narrative voice, complex characters, lyrical prose & memorable if difficult truths about life. It's a marvel. @merelybookish (edited) 1y
LeahBergen Yayyyy for the Laurence love! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1y
vivastory @LeahBergen Thanks again for the recommendation! I just ordered the next book in the series 1y
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TrishB Great review 👍🏻 1y
vivastory @TrishB Thanks! It's def one of the best I've read this year 1y
TrishB @LeahBergen sent me it years ago (😱) and I thought it was wonderful too! 1y
LeahBergen @vivastory I‘ll have to read it with you (whenever you get to it!). 😊 1y
LeahBergen @TrishB I‘m so glad you liked it! 😘 1y
JeanaRae Just added this to my tbr. I can't wait! 1y
vivastory @JeanaRae Wonderful! I'm looking forward to your thoughts on it when you read it. 1y
vivastory @LeahBergen I'm ready to jump in August 1st if you are 1y
LeahBergen Sounds good! I‘ll order a copy. 1y
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I needn't have worried. This book is as wonderful at 48 as it was at 18. (Canlit with Ms Blok!) Maybe better? The writing is excellent. I could quote a line from each page. Here's a bold comparison but Shakespeare is coming to mind. Hagar's flaw, that fierce stubbornness that leads to such folly, feels tragic in a Shakespearean way. Maybe she'll get some catharsis. I'm not far, only about 50 pages in.
And apparently there's a film. @vivastory

vivastory I couldn't agree more with the Shakespeare comparison. I just finished it & I loved it. It looks like the movie is relatively recent. 1y
LeahBergen Wonderful! I‘ve bought this book for an embarrassing number of Litsy people. 😆 1y
TheLudicReader Marijke Blok? SJHS? 1y
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merelybookish @LeahBergen Is it your favourite Laurence? Mine was The Diviners, back in the day. 1y
merelybookish @TheLudicReader Yep! And you teach at Harbourview right? 1y
TheLudicReader I do, indeed @merelybookish. I went to UNB with Marijke. 😀 1y
LeahBergen It‘s the only Laurence I‘ve read! 😬 So far, anyway. 😆 1y
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This book... 💔
@merelybookish

vivastory @BarbaraBB I feel fairly certain that you would like this book. It came up during the discussion of During the Reign of the Queen etc, but I am often reminded of Blind Assassin & Iza's Ballad 1y
LeahBergen Ooph. 1y
BarbaraBB How kind of you to think of me. I‘m sure you know what kind of books I like so I‘m stacking and on the lookout for it! 1y
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Ok Scott, I'm going in! Full disclosure, I would have said Margaret Laurence was my all-time, favourite writer when I was 20ish. I read ALL her novels. I loved them all...and I haven't read her since. So rereading her comes with some excitement and fear. Will I still love it? @vivastory But if memory serves, Hagar is an undeniably good character.

vivastory I can't wait to see what you think! 1y
LeahBergen Here‘s hoping it stands the test of time. 🤞 1y
merelybookish @LeahBergen It's wonderful! 😌 1y
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My general impressions for the first 100 pages: as I previously mentioned I was reminded of Blazing World & Blind Assassin due to the no nonsense elderly narrator, but the morbid occurrences in the rural setting (the dead baby in the funeral home & the hatched chicks in the dumps) brought to mind Chase's Queen of Persia. For all of these comparisons this still reads as very much it's own thing & I'm honestly baffled why Laurence isn't more well 👇

vivastory known. She has an uncanny ability to convey a lot about a character & about the dynamic between characters with small gestures (I'm thinking of Bram being the only one to call Hagar by her name or Lottie's bravery in the face of death). @merelybookish 1y
Prairiegirl_reading This is one of my all time favourite books. More people should know Laurence like they do Atwood. Manawaka is based on a town in my province. There is a Margaret Laurence museum in the house she grew up in and the stone Angel in the cemetery. 💜 1y
DrexEdit I have two of her books somewhere in the stacks in my house waiting to be read 1y
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merelybookish She was pretty well known in Canada, or was when I lived there. But internationally never has gained the status of Munro or Atwood, although I would guess they would both credit her as inspiration. It's really exciting to me you like it! 1y
vivastory @Prairiegirl_reading Really?! That's amazing! I'm a bit stunned that I didn't know about her until recently. She was brought up by @LeahBergen during a recent discussion for 1y
vivastory @merelybookish I'm loving it so far! 1y
MsMelissa I read several of her books back in high school (The Stone Angel was required reading) so she is definitely known here, or was back when I was a student. This one is my favourite 1y
vivastory @MsMelissa That one sounds interesting. Thanks for the recommendation. I will definitely be reading more of her work 1y
MsMelissa The Stone Angel actually starts the Manawaka Sequence, Laurence‘s novels which are all set in fictional Manawaka, Manitoba. I don‘t think they need to be read in any particular order, but @Prairiegirl_reading might be able to speak better to that. I‘ve read three of the five books - also read this one 1y
Prairiegirl_reading It wasn‘t required reading when I was high school but it was on a recommended reading list and that‘s how I found it. I loved it even at 17, enjoyed it just as much in my 30s when I reread it. There are five books set in Manawaka. The Diviners is one of them. I don‘t remember it as much. I was just thinking recently that it‘s time for a reread. 😄 1y
Prairiegirl_reading @MsMelissa lol! I didn‘t see this when I commented! I don‘t think they go in any order, it‘s really the setting that is the connection. If I remember correctly. 1y
Prairiegirl_reading Oh my goodness, I‘ll stop going on about this but I just had a memory of not giving back the tattered copy I got from my high school because I loved so much! 🤦🏻‍♀️🤣 1y
vivastory @Prairiegirl_reading Thanks for letting me know that they aren't in a specific order! That's awesome! I'm sure that most teachers would love it if their students loved the assigned books that much 1y
LeahBergen Squeee! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 I just had a FEELING that you‘d connect with this book, Scott. I‘m so happy! I‘ll be following along with your posts. 😘 1y
vivastory @LeahBergen Thanks for the recommendation, friend! 1y
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An elderly narrator reflecting on her life? Yes, please. I'm only 52 pages in but already a lot has happened & I can't help but be reminded of 2 of my favorite novels (Hustvedt's Blazing World & Atwood's Blind Assassin). @merelybookish I'm not sure what you are planning as far as a pace for this, but I'm thinking of reading 100 pages per day & will be finished by Wed. I will post my thoughts after the 100 pages, with spoiler tags.

TrishB I loved this one ❤️ 1y
LapReader I will be purchasing that one. Blind Assassin is one of my favourite books. Great review. Ta. 1y
merelybookish Hey!! 👋I'm so excited that you're liking it! I will probably be slower than you. I'm currently in paper writing hell. Once it passes (hopefully tonight) I will dive in. So may take me till Friday! Will post along the way. No worries about spoilers. I read this book before although I was in high school, so it's been a while. 🤣 1y
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vivastory @merelybookish No worries! I meant to ask you about school, are you returning for a psych degree? 1y
merelybookish @vivastory Yeah I'm finishing a counseling degree and graduate at the end of this month. Currently writing my final thesis whatever. May have left it to the last minute. Which is why the Thomas Jefferson meme spoke to me. 😬 1y
vivastory @merelybookish Congrats on the degree! That's really inspiring. I've been thinking of returning to school in the next year or two myself. Good luck with the thesis. 1y
merelybookish @vivastory Thanks! I have thoughts about grad school as a mature student if you ever want to talk! 1y
vivastory @merelybookish I will definitely keep that in mind! 1y
quietjenn I ended up getting a copy as well and your enthusiasm makes me excited to start it! Hopefully sometime this week. 1y
vivastory @quietjenn Please tag me with your thoughts when you do! 1y
quietjenn @vivastory will do! 1y
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Why yes. Yes I did put glasses on The Stone Angel.
As I finished this I realized i had read another accidental #readcanada entry!!! #manitoba.

The reason for this re-read was because we decided to downsize and bought a sweet little stone cottage. The people we bought it from have named it Stone Angel; inspired by this book. Strange choice for an homage. Any interpretations welcome!

The house has a “home of homes” vibe. 💚

MsMelissa I loved this book. PS - the glasses look good on the angel 😂 And yay for your cottage! 2y
CarolynM Stacked for Manitoba🙂 2y
Cathythoughts @CarolynM I‘m stacking this for Manitoba too , just in case ! although I do have this one on the my shelf for it 2y
runswithscissors007 @Cathythoughts that one sounds just about as Manitoba as it gets! 💚 2y
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rabbitprincess
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A good book, although a bit heavier, description-wise, than I've been used to these days. That said, it resonated with me personally because my own grandma is about the same age as Hagar and we are facing similar challenges to make sure she can stay independent as long as possible. This theme makes it a timely book.
#BookSpinBonanza book 4

TheAromaofBooks Great review!! 2y
rabbitprincess @TheAromaofBooks Glad to finally get to this one! It was on my list of possible books to read three years ago 😅 2y
TheAromaofBooks haha yeah some books have a habit of getting on the list and lingering there! 2y
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"Above the town, on the hill brow, the stone angel used to stand."
USED TO? Was it a Weeping Angel?? ???#DontBlink

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PurpleyPumpkin
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This is a #CanadianClassic and one that was on the curriculum when I was in high school. I remember quite enjoying it. Interesting side note: I haven‘t opened this book in years and when I did, I found these retrieval request notes, probably from my school library! #GratefulReads #readinhighschool

Nute This is one more reason why I love Litsy! Thanks for sharing info about this book. I never really thought about the fact that high school required reading lists would probably vary a lot from country to country. I think that I‘m going to try to locate this book so that I can share in the experience of reading a Canadian Classic required for High School.🙂 (edited) 3y
OriginalCyn620 👍🏻📚 3y
PurpleyPumpkin @Nute So true! I‘m sure required reading lists are quite different depending on where you are. Your comments prompted me to Google this book and I was surprised to learn the some school boards have been pressured to ban Laurence‘s books. 🙄Glad I wasn‘t in those schools! 3y
UwannaPublishme How cool! 3y
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CarolynM
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Thank you @LeahBergen I cannot tell you how delighted I am by this little taste of Canada! The books sound great and I love the Flames swag - the stubby cooler will definitely get some use over summer. I am very grateful, my generous friend.😘

batsy The Blue Castle! I adore that book 💙 I also loved Margaret Laurence's The Diviners and need to read more of her work. 3y
merelybookish Lovely! 3y
LeahBergen Yay! I‘m glad it arrived. Go Flames go! 🔥😂😂 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️ 3y
arubabookwoman I read The Stone Angel many years ago and it has stayed with me. In fact I have it checked out of the library now for a reread, and I rarely reread. 3y
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Blaire
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#7days7covers #7covers7days #covercrush. Day 2. @andrew61 want to join in? Post a cover for 7 days no explanation. Tag someone else each day.

BarbaraBB Beautiful cover! 3y
TrishB Lovely 💜 3y
Tanisha_A Love this! 3y
LeahBergen 😍😍 3y
sudi 😍 3y
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JenniferP
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I loved this book from the perfect first paragraph to the last sentence. Dying (though she doesn‘t realize it) Hagar Shipley looks back on the entirety of her life growing up in Manawaka, Canada. A new favorite!

LeahBergen It‘s such a great novel ❤️❤️ 3y
BarbaraBB Quite a recommendation. Stacked! 3y
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Tamra
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It‘s in Hagar‘s nature to be a holy terror and she is self aware enough to know and accept it.

This classic Canadian novel is an unsentimental look at the life of a fierce uncompromising prairie woman and aging out of independence.

Prairiegirl_reading One of my all time favourites! Manawaka is based on a town not far from where I live. They have a museum in the house where Margaret Laurence grew up. It‘s pretty cool. 3y
Tamra @Prairiegirl_reading I‘d like to visit it! 3y
TrishB Recently read this and enjoyed 👍🏻 3y
LeahBergen @Prairiegirl_reading Yes! I‘ve visited it. 😃 And @Tamra , you can see the Stone Angel gravestone in the cemetery that inspired the one in the book. 3y
Tamra @LeahBergen oh, that would be awesome! 3y
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This is the reward when it finally hits 80 again after 6 months and the winter we‘ve endured!

And when my grading is done!

catebutler So pretty! Enjoy that sunshine and beautiful weather!! 3y
Melissa_J I loved that book! 3y
Tamra @catebutler 🌝 I‘m going to take it in today because it‘s not going to last. 3y
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Tamra @Melissa_J glad to hear it! 3y
catebutler @Tamra I know! We have rain scheduled for the next week and much lower temps, and it‘s been windy and dark today. I keep telling myself, I‘ll appreciate this cooler weather when it hit 100° in a month. But right now I‘m missing the sun. 3y
Tamra @catebutler the grass is always greener! 3y
LeahBergen Oh, I hope you like this 🇨🇦 classic! 3y
Tamra @LeahBergen I only got a couple of pages in and already quotable. 😄 3y
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TrishB
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Who doesn‘t have one of these grumpy older women in their lives! Sad, poignant tale about Hagar‘s life and her coming to the end of life. I completely loved her in this, despite the fact that she isn‘t loveable at all.
Thanks @LeahBergen - it‘s only taken me since last June to read (which isn‘t that bad actually!).

Christine11 Hi Trish - I‘m so so sorry I haven‘t gotten the next #whodunituk book to you - I‘ve been ridiculously busy but I promise I will get it in the post ASAP! Sorry again ! 💛 3y
TrishB @Christine11 no worries 😁 when you get the chance. Hope all is well 😘 3y
jdiehr Powell's 💕💕 3y
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Melissa_J I loved The Stone Angel. It was required reading in one of my high school English courses 😊 3y
MicheleinPhilly I feel like I‘m the grumpy older woman in people‘s lives. 3y
cathysaid Haystack Rock? 3y
batsy @MicheleinPhilly Same 😂 3y
LeahBergen Hey, that‘s not long at all. I always like to let books age nicely on my shelves before I get to them, too. 😄 I‘m glad you liked it! 😘😘 3y
TrishB @jdiehr I have unfortunately never been, the postcard came with the book! 3y
TrishB @Melissa_J I can see why it would be 👍🏻 3y
TrishB @MicheleinPhilly @batsy you have nowhere near reached vintage status yet😁 3y
TrishB @cathysaid postcard says Canon Beach? 3y
TrishB @LeahBergen 😁 true! 3y
Cathythoughts Sounds good ♥️👍🏻. @LeahBergen I like this “ letting the books age “ idea .. nice thinking 👍🏻♥️ 3y
TrishB @Cathythoughts they age gracefully like wine! 3y
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts @TrishB They do! I like to browse my shelves and land upon the perfect read at the perfect moment. 😆 3y
Cathythoughts @TrishB @LeahBergen I love this ... For so many reasons ... this brings a whole new dimension to the choices of our books ... And when we read them . To know you have some special ones waiting... brilliant !! The wine metaphor, Trish ! And it‘s more with books , that the mind is maturing & getting ready ... 3y
cathysaid @TrishB That‘s it! We visited last fall and stayed in Canon Beach. Loved it. 3y
TrishB @Cathythoughts so wonderfully put 😁 3y
TrishB @cathysaid looks lovely 💕 3y
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janeycanuck
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I hated this book with a fiery passion when I read it in school. I hated this book with a passion when I read it for the #readharder challenge.

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janeycanuck
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Time for #NovemberTBR! Lots left over from October (and August... and September...) and a couple new pre-2018 TBRs in my never-ending quest to #readmyowndamnbooks plus my #girlybookclub book and my #mummydaughterbookclub book plus a couple #readharder challenge books. There‘s no way I‘m getting through them all but I‘m gonna give it a try!!

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Sick in bed, but have two of my three favorite things with me: a book and #Hester. The third, #sancho, is snoring in his own (heated) bed.

#dogsoflitsy #sickday

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Found a local #coffeeshop to spend some time in until my flight home...and interrupted #craft club!

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#hotel nights

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Wannabe_Quijote
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TrishB Have this on the tbr.....will get to! 4y
Wannabe_Quijote @TrishB I‘m really liking it—I hope you will too! 4y
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Wannabe_Quijote
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Someone needs a #haircut.

#Hester #dogsoflitsy

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Wannabe_Quijote
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#Hester gets the corner of my bed while we both listen to her old geezer brother #Sancho snoring from his heated bed. #dogsoflitsy #petsoflitsy

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mariaku21
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Laurence's Hagar completely reminded me of my own grandmother; two strong, proud women full of gumption saying what they mean, and being exactly who they always have been. 4 / 5 ⭐

TrishB Must move this up my tbr 👍🏻 4y
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I can't believe I missed yesterday's #Canada prompt! My shelves are chock a' block with Canada!

Here's a small selection of Canadian classics 🇨🇦❤ The only one I haven't read (yet) is The Stone Angel, which I picked up from a Little Free Library earlier this week. I absolutely love The Diviners, so I feel I should read the rest of the Manawaka series.

@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @vkois88
#AugustisaTrip

vkois88 ❤❤❤ 4y
Prairiegirl_reading I LOVE The Stone Angel!! All time fave! I hope you love it! 4y
LeahBergen 🎉🇨🇦🎉 4y
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Blaire
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A moving character portrait of 90-year old Hagar Shipley. The novel explores aging in a very real way as Hagar struggles to maintain her dignity and come to terms with the choices she‘s made in her life. Her reflections were honest and tho she could be infuriating and blind to her own faults - these facts also made her very believable. Thanks for the red @LeahBergen #booked2018 #mcover70

Melissa_J I loved this one! I think I read it in my grade 12 English class, which was all Canadian lit. 4y
Lcsmcat Great view! 4y
LeahBergen Oh, I‘m glad you enjoyed it! 👍🏻 4y
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Cinfhen Oh, I‘ve seen this as a Canadian Classic 4y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Nice review and pick! 👏🏻👏🏻 4y
Blaire @Melissa_J yes, I really loved it. Slow in a good way. 4y
Blaire @Lcsmcat it‘s the top of a park in Cincinnati. Pretty spot to sit and read. 4y
Blaire @LeahBergen it was great! 4y
Blaire @Cinfhen yes! A great in-depth look at a life and aging and life on the Canadian prairies. 4y
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HotCocoaReads
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This is the story of Hagar Shipley, who‘s reflecting back on her life in her last days. It‘s a slow book and it‘s sad to see her lose her independence and feel that she‘s a burden on others. Please let me remember how people want to be respected until the very end. 😞

Eggs Lovely background! 4y
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TrishB
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#litsymail - sent to cheer you up ❤️
Thank you Leah for your lovely gifts 😁 I haven‘t read the book - but have recently heard of the author! And I love the bookmarks and stickies.
Thank you Emily for the postcard, your kind thoughts do really help 💕

Lindy 😍A Canadian classic. 4y
TrishB @Lindy I think it was @Melissa_J that mentioned recently! Looking forward to it 👍🏻 4y
Cathythoughts ❤️❤️❤️ 4y
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LeahBergen You‘re so welcome! I‘m glad you haven‘t read it (and hope you enjoy it). 😘😘 4y
TrishB @LeahBergen will let you know once I‘m choosing my books again 😁😘 4y
Melissa_J I love Hagar Shipley! I read that book in high school and it was definitely one of my favourites. 4y
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Weaponxgirl
The Stone Angel | Margaret Laurence
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#booksandvinyl this pairing for the song you learn. Was talking to @merelybookish last night about how I should read my vmcs and finished this last night. This book is amazing! The main character is a 90 year old woman who's not always nice but she is so so human. I've met this character many times in real life and this is nothing but a perfectly drawn. Recommend so much. #readingwomenchallenge #readharder2018

batsy I loved The Diviners. I've been meaning to read this! 4y
Weaponxgirl @batsy I'm gonna have to read the diviners now too. 4y
dreadamara On my TBR. Thanks! 4y
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Blaire
The Stone Angel | Margaret Laurence
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My #canadian #bookhaul. Thanks for the recommendations @LeahBergen . My baba said stone angel is one of her all-time favorites. Can‘t wait to get to these. @Cinfhen - here‘s what I picked. Currently stuck in the Winnipeg airport hoping to head home tonight. #delays

Melissa_J I loved The Stone Angel. I read it in high school, although I can‘t remember if it was required reading or if I picked it out on my own. I also loved The Diviners, and The Fire Dwellers, also by Laurence. 5y
LeahBergen Yay!! Both of these are so good (and one is “Baba-approved” 👏🏻👏🏻). 5y
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Cinfhen Yay for BaBa approved books🙌🏻Boo on airport delays 😬Hope u get home soon ❤️ 5y
Blaire @Melissa_J great to hear!! I‘m really looking forward to it. 5y
Blaire @Cinfhen 😍. Thanks - we ended up having to stay an extra night in Winnipeg, but almost home now. 5y
Cinfhen Ugh...that‘s the worse!! Hope you‘re now home safe & sound 💋 5y
Blaire @Cinfhen finally got home Wednesday evening and now back on the road today. (Tho this time without the fam). 4y
Cinfhen Oh man!!! That‘s a lot of traveling 😬stay safe...hope all goes smoothly 4y
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LeahBergen
The Stone Angel | Margaret Laurence
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Ninety-year-old Hagar Shipley narrates this story and she's one of my favourite fictional #SeniorCitizens. Do yourself a favour and read this Canadian classic.

#AndItsAugust

merelybookish I loved this! Really, I love all Laurence's books. 5y
Aleida Great cover. 5y
LeahBergen @merelybookish I really need to read more of them! 5y
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LeahBergen @Aleida I thought so, too! 👍🏻 5y
RealLifeReading Need to read this! 5y
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