By Margaret Laurence
A thirty-four-year-old tuition 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, by way of 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 soreness. we all know Rachel, sympathize together with her, and in a feeling, develop into Rachel, so genuine is her voice. . . . A Jest of God has awesome readability, attractive element, in addition to the emotional influence of sincere confession."—Joan J. corridor, Saturday Review
"Laurence's rendition is on the subject of ideal . . . reaffirming her skill to attract, with no pathos, life-sized girls. . . . 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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Foster, though all we said was that we would meet Sunday morning at ten in the parking lot of the McDonald’s in Cuero. It was a sensible place to rendezvous because the golden arches were on a pole that towered above the restaurant and could be seen for miles around. ” I pulled in to the parking lot and waited only a few minutes before Foster arrived in his black Mercedes . A lean man with glasses and a full head of wavy gray hair, wearing a white shirt and a tan pair of shorts, got out of the Mercedes.
He sent some men to recover the stolen goods and predictably they got carried away, helping themselves to a few canoes. A ﬁght ensued, two Frenchmen were killed, and the Karankawas were permanently alienated from their visitors. With these disasters hanging over their heads, the followers of La Salle remained, already much reduced in numbers from disease, and with only the little frigate the Belle as their link with the outside world. Once again, it is hard not to quote Parkman on the pathos of their situation: Here, among tents and hovels, bales, boxes, casks, spars, dismounted cannon, and pens for fowl and swine, were gathered the dejected men and homesick women who were to seize New Biscay, and hold for France a region large as half Europe.
They can’t do anything with me. They have to put up with me – I put up with them. ” We rose from the table, the interview over, and Foster walked me to my car, parked in back of his black Mercedes . “Nobody else in Cuero would drive something like this,” Foster said. ” A few days later I drove north to the prairie country just below the Oklahoma border, to see Foster’s nemesis, Robert Weddle, at his cattle farm outside the town of Bonham. To get there I drove past a state prison, where highway signs warned you against picking up hitchhikers, and then down a dirt road to a sign with a picture of a cow that read Ash Grove Angus.
A Jest of God by Margaret Laurence