The Stone Angel
, The Diviners
, and A poultry within the House
are 3 of the 5 books in Margaret Laurence's well known "Manawaka series," named for the small Canadian prairie city during which they happen. each one of those books is narrated through a robust girl starting to be up within the city and being affected by actual and emotional isolation.
In The Stone Angel, Hagar Shipley, age 90, tells the tale of her lifestyles, and in doing so attempts to return to phrases with how the very features which sustained her have disadvantaged her of pleasure. Mingling previous and current, she continues satisfaction within the face of senility, whereas recalling the lifestyles she led as a rebellious younger bride, and later as a grieving mom. Laurence provides us in Hagar a lady who's humorous, infuriating, and heartbreakingly poignant.
"This is a revelation, now not impersonation. The impact of such expert use of language is to steer the reader in the direction of the self-recognition that Hagar misses."—Robertson Davies, New York Times
"It is [Laurence's] admirable fulfillment to strike, with an both convinced contact, the atypical observe and the common; she supplies us a portrait of a amazing personality and even as the image of outdated age itself, with the ache, the weariness, the phobia, the impotent angers and actual mishaps, the conclusion that others are ready and wishing for an end."—Honor Tracy, The New Republic
"Miss Laurence is the simplest fiction author within the Dominion and the most effective within the hemisphere."—Atlantic
"[Laurence] demonstrates in The Stone Angel that she has a real novelist's present for catching a personality in mid-passion and lifestyles at complete flood. . . . As [Hagar Shipley] daydreams and chatters and lurches in the course of the novel, she lines the most convincing—and the main touching—portraits of an unregenerate sinner declining into senility due to the fact Sara Monday went to her gift in Joyce Cary's The Horse's Mouth."—Time
"Laurence's triumph is in her evocation of Hagar at 90. . . . We sympathize together with her in her resistance to being moved to a nursing domestic, in her preposterous flight, in her impatience within the sanatorium. Battered, depleted, pain, she rages along with her final breath opposed to the loss of life of the sunshine. The Stone Angel is an exceptional novel, admirably written and sustained via unfailing insight."—Granville Hicks, Saturday Review
"The Stone Angel is an efficient e-book simply because Mrs. Laurence avoids sentimentality and condescension; Hagar Shipley continues to be passionately thinking about the puzzle of her personal nature. . . . Laurence's innovative tact is strikingly at paintings, for without doubt this is often what it seems like to be old."—Paul Pickrel, Harper's