A Jest of God (Phoenix Fiction)

By Margaret Laurence

A thirty-four-year-old college 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 individual who stocks her rebellious spirit. ultimately, through confronting either love and demise, Rachel earns the liberty she desperately needs.

Winner of the Governor General's Literary Award, A Jest of God was once additionally the root of the motion picture Rachel, Rachel.

"Mrs. Laurence tells [her tale] unsparingly, with absolute authority, utilizing her thorough figuring out of Rachel to attract us into her ache. we all know Rachel, sympathize along with her, and in a feeling, turn into Rachel, so genuine is her voice. . . . A Jest of God has striking readability, appealing aspect, in addition to the emotional effect of sincere confession."—Joan J. corridor, Saturday Review

"Laurence's rendition is just about flawless . . . 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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After which I needed to put on it. overdue afternoon, and the youngsters are drawing images. loose selection – they could draw whatever they prefer. a couple of them can't imagine what to attract. i must make feedback – their very own homes, what they did final weekend. “Did any of you exit for a stroll, past city? Did a person locate any pussywillows? ” my very own voice sounds fake to my ears, a Peter-Rabbitish voice, and that i locate i'm status beside my table, conserving a brand new piece of orange chalk so tightly that it snaps in my hands. however the childrens don't appear to have spotted. A small refrain of reaction is going up – from the ladies, in fact. “Me! I did, leave out Cameron. ” “My brother and me, we came upon a couple of million pussywillows. ” fascinating creatures, very younger ladies, frequently so fearful to thrill that they're going to inform lies with out rather figuring out they’re doing it. I don’t think quite a lot of of them have been really out within the kingdom in any respect. they just imagine I’d wish to pay attention it. And but i think comfy with them in a fashion I don’t with the lads, who've began to mock instantly even at this age. other than James Doherty. he's too preoccupied along with his personal matters to trouble with anything. He is going his personal manner as if he endures the skin global yet doesn't rather think in it. His schoolwork is, ordinarily conversing, terrible. but he is aware a remarkable quantity approximately how vehicles paintings, and electrical energy, and jet planes. the auto a part of it i will comprehend. He’s picked it up from his father on the Manawaka storage. yet the place has he acquired the remaining from? They aren’t a analyzing relatives. He’s had no encouragement at domestic. these mom and dad of his have most probably by no means opened a ebook. it sort of feels merciless that he must have needed to make his visual appeal there, with them. Grace Doherty is all yet moronic. She doesn’t be aware of what sort of baby James is. All she cares approximately is that he may still get an excellent record card, now not simply because this may express he was once studying anything, yet purely so he wouldn’t do worse than her sister-in-law’s boy. “Let’s see what you’ve performed, James. may possibly I? ” He arms over the web page. Tentatively, simply because he cares approximately it. No homes or feeble pussywillows for him. The spaceship is marvellously complicated, with many exact components – knobs, props, tool panels, oxygen tanks, hydroponic packing containers for turning out to be greens in mid-space, bizarre protuberances that have a few absolute necessity, stark fins, pear-shaped home windows, and small bulbous males muffled in area fits, ascending to the send on swaying ropes, thickly pencilled, like angels mountaineering Jacob’s ladder. “That’s stable, James. What’s this bit the following? ” And he explains, the phrases torrenting out to make the item recognized. I inform him – most suitable. he is taking the web page again in silence, happy. but if I circulate directly to the following baby, i locate myself compelled to claim fabulous once again, this time over Francine MacVey’s drawing, a girl of appalling unoriginality. The stilted glamour and the pursed lips and curling eyelashes were copied instantly from a few ten-cent colouring publication of Snow White or a film doll-queen.

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