Margaret Laurence

Margaret Laurence was a Canadian novelist and short story writer, one of the major figures in Canadian literature. She is best known for her Manawaka series, a sequence of five novels set in the fictional town of Manawaka, Manitoba. Her works often address themes of identity, feminism, and the struggles of small-town life. Some of her most notable books include 'The Stone Angel', 'The Fire-Dwellers', and 'The Diviners'.


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  1. 1. The Diviners

    "The Diviners" is a novel about a woman named Morag Gunn who grows up in small-town Manitoba, Canada, and becomes a successful novelist. The story follows Morag's life from childhood to adulthood, exploring her relationships, struggles, and personal growth. The narrative delves into themes of identity, memory, and the importance of understanding one's past. The protagonist's journey to self-discovery and acceptance is interwoven with the broader cultural and historical context of Canada in the mid-20th century.

    The 2443rd Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. The Stone Angel

    The novel is a poignant exploration of an elderly woman's life as she reflects on her past with a mixture of pride, bitterness, and regret. The protagonist, a feisty and independent 90-year-old, grapples with her impending death and the loss of her autonomy while recounting her life's journey. Through her eyes, readers experience the struggles of growing up in the prairies of Western Canada, her rebellious youth, the challenges of marriage and motherhood, and the weight of societal expectations. The narrative delves into themes of pride, aging, and the search for self-identity, as the protagonist confronts the stone angel monument that serves as a metaphor for her own unyielding nature and emotional isolation.

    The 3462nd Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. A Jest Of God

    The novel centers around Rachel Cameron, a 34-year-old spinster schoolteacher living in a small Canadian town, who confronts her solitary existence and the constraints of her conservative environment. Through a summer romance with a former childhood acquaintance, she experiences an awakening of her long-suppressed desires and emotions. This personal journey is marked by moments of introspection and the challenge of breaking free from the expectations imposed by her overbearing mother and the community. As Rachel grapples with the complexities of adulthood, love, and identity, she embarks on a path of self-discovery that promises to transform her life.

    The 5947th Greatest Book of All Time
  4. 4. The Fire Dwellers

    The novel explores the complex life of a Canadian housewife in the 1960s, grappling with her identity amidst the daily chaos of raising four children and dealing with a distant husband. As she navigates her own desires, frustrations, and responsibilities, the protagonist confronts the challenges of motherhood, marriage, and the societal expectations placed on women of her time. Through her internal monologues and interactions with family and friends, the narrative delves into themes of self-discovery, existential angst, and the search for meaning in suburban life.

    The 5947th Greatest Book of All Time