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The Stone Angel

by Margaret Laurence, narrator Janet Wright; Richard Donat & Pauline Gillis, dramatized by James W. Nichol

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5 of 5
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list price: $29.95
category: Fiction
published: March 2004
ISBN:9780864923936
imprint: BTC Audiobooks
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This first of the five "Manawaka novels" (set in the fictional prairie town of Manawaka), the story of Hagar Shipley — whose rigid pride costs her everything she loves — has been taught in high school curricula in Canada for over twenty-five years and has never gone out of print. As the novel opens, the 90-year-old Hagar discovers that her middle-aged son Marvin and his fussy wife Doris intend to place her in a nursing home. Determined not to bend to anyone else's will, she ponders the circuitous path that has led her to the house she shares with them in Vancouver and plots her escape, ultimately spending a wild, hallucinatory night in a deserted canning factory. The motherless daughter of a stern, wealthy storekeeper, Hagar had been schooled in pride and contempt from early childhood. When, on a stubborn whim, she married a rough farmer 14 years her senior, her father disowned her and she and her family gradually descended into bitter poverty. Hagar waged a fierce domestic war with her hard-drinking husband Bram and closed her heart to her first-born son Marvin, giving all her attention to her youngest son John, who she mistakenly saw as meant for better things. She left Bram to settle in Vancouver with John but eventually followed her grown son home to Manawaka where she meddled tragically in his happiness. Only at the end of her life does she realize how much she is like the sightless stone angel that her father erected above her mother's grave.

About the Authors
Margaret Laurence, best known for her five Manawaka novels, also published five African texts, as well as collections of essays, short stories, children's books and literary criticism.
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Margaret Laurence, best known for her five Manawaka novels, also published five African texts, as well as collections of essays, short stories, children's books and literary criticism.
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Margaret Laurence, best known for her five Manawaka novels, also published five African texts, as well as collections of essays, short stories, children's books and literary criticism.
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Margaret Laurence, best known for her five Manawaka novels, also published five African texts, as well as collections of essays, short stories, children's books and literary criticism.
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James W. Nichol
Born in 1940 in Toronto, Ontario, playwright James W. Nichol has written for radio, film, television and theatre since 1964. He has been Vice-President of Playwrights Canada and was playwright-in-residence at the National Art Centre when Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons (1980) was staged in 1977.
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"[A] fine production." — National Post


"[A] fine production." — National Post

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Whirlwind of Life

Story is told from Hagar's perspective when she is 90 years of age and is reflecting back on situations of her growing up with two older brothers a single Scottish father in Manakawa, Manitoba at the turn of the century. She tells of her childhood and relationship with her family and friends. Later, to the storms of her marriage to Brampton Shipley and her raisings of her sons, Marvin and John. While dealing with the death of her mother, brother, father, son and husband. All the while, she is determined not to go into a nursing home and runaway to old fishing village to avoid Marvin and Doris's decision for her future care. She meets some intriguing characters in a hospital in her adventures, before it all comes to an end

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