A Jest of God by Margaret Laurence

By Margaret Laurence

A thirty-four-year-old institution instructor residing together with her mom, Rachel Cameron feels trapped in an atmosphere of small-town deceit and pettiness—her personal and that of others. She longs for touch with one other person who stocks her rebellious spirit. ultimately, by way of confronting either love and dying, Rachel earns the liberty she desperately needs.

Winner of the Governor General's Literary Award, A Jest of God used to be additionally the foundation of the motion picture Rachel, Rachel.

"Mrs. Laurence tells [her tale] unsparingly, with absolute authority, utilizing her thorough knowing of Rachel to attract us into her soreness. we all know Rachel, sympathize along with her, and in a feeling, turn into Rachel, so real is her voice. . . . A Jest of God has outstanding readability, attractive element, in addition to the emotional influence of sincere confession."—Joan J. corridor, Saturday Review

"Laurence's rendition is just about perfect . . . reaffirming her skill to attract, with out pathos, life-sized ladies. . . . Skillfully wrought and eloquently told."—Marilyn Gardner, Christian technology Monitor

One of Canada's so much entire writers, Margaret Laurence(1926-1987) was once the recipient of many awards, together with the distinguished Governer General's Litarary Award for The Diviners and A Jest of God.

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In the second and third generations, they are not numerous. There was somewhat less concentration than in the case of the Japanese. They had been both "acculturized" and accepted, before the emergence of Communist China. Indeed, this unexpected political development has, in a sense, cut them off from their cultural roots and made their acceptance of Canada as their primary loyalty inevitable. East Indians in Canada have always been British subjects. They became, if they so chose, Canadian citizens under the terms of the Canadian Citizenship Act of 1946.

The crises which might have divided them had been skilfully avoided. Together they had participated in all phases of the struggle, the economic, the scientific, and even the diplomatic as well as the strictly military. They had feelings of confidence and pride. They had not been compelled (as less fortunate nations have at times been compelled) to make adjustments that were humiliating or degrading. Friend and foe alike treated them with respect. As has been explained in chapter I, the part which Canada was to play as one of the dramatis personae in the Pacific area would inevitably be influenced by all these changes but particularly by the deep psychological change which had occurred in Canada and which was, as we shall see, to continue in the post-war era.

A conscientious writer is confronted with a dilemma; he must appear as an enfant terrible, or as a blind man. If a statesman had to undergo the sort of gruelling cross-examination to which someone claiming to be a conscientious objector is exposed, he might be asked to say what he would conceive it to be his duty to do if his country had subscribed to a collective security agreement only to find that its most friendly and trusted neighbour was about to make an unprovoked and unannounced attack on the country it most distrusted—if, for instance, the United States were to "Copenhagen" the Russian Air Force.

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