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The Stone Angel is a compelling journey seen through the eyes of a woman nearing the end of her life. At ninety, Hagar Shipley speaks movingly of the perils of growing old and reflects with bitterness, humor, and a painful awareness of her own frailties on the life she has led. From her childhood as the daughter of a respected merchant, to her rebellious marriage, Hagar has fought a long and sometimes misguided battle for independence and respect. In the course of examining and trying to understand the shape her life has taken, her divided feelings about her husband, her passionate attachment to one son and her neglect of another, she is sometimes regretful, but rarely penitent. Asking forgiveness from neither God nor those around her, she must still wrestle with her own nature: "Pride was my wilderness, and the demon that led me there was fear." She has been afraid of being unrespectable, afraid of needing too much, afraid of giving too much, and her pride is both disturbing and inspiring. The Stone Angel is an excellent example of the realism and compassion present in all of Margaret Laurence's writing. -- For great reviews of books for girls, check out Let's Hear It for the Girls: 375 Great Books for Readers 2-14. -- From 500 Great Books by Women; review by Sonja Larsen
This special fortieth-anniversary edition of Margaret Laurence?s most celebrated novel will introduce readers again to one of the most memorable characters in Canadian fiction. Hagar Shipley is stubborn, querulous, self-reliant, and, at ninety, with her life nearly behind her, she makes a bold last step towards freedom and independence.
As her story unfolds, we are drawn into her past. We meet Hagar as a young girl growing up in a black prairie town; as the wife of a virile but unsuccessful farmer with whom her marriage was stormy; as a mother who dominates her younger son; and, finally, as an old woman isolated by an uncompromising pride and by the stern virtues she has inherited from her pioneer ancestors.
Vivid, evocative, moving, The Stone Angel celebrates the triumph of the spirit, and reveals Margaret Laurence at the height of her powers as a writer of extraordinary craft and profound insight into the workings of the human heart. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
I read this book years ago, and recently had the opportunity to guide a young reader who was assigned the book as part of an English class. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Julie Paquette
The Stone Angel is Margaret Laurence’s first novel in her Manawaka series. It is a touching story of Hagar Shipley’s reflections of her journey trying to gain independence and... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Marmalade
Very well written but what a depressing story! Worth the read though.....Published 5 months ago by jennifer baumann
I love this book and was happy to find a copy. However, I did not get the hard cover copy with the dust jacket as promised, but a worn out paperback instead. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Linda Pennell
I read "The Stone Angel" many years ago and remembered it differently than a recent reading revealed. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Frances Haas
"Take two pages of this ... and call me in the morning"
Forced to read this in high school English and it turned me off literature for over 15 years. Read more
Margaret Laurence passed in 1987 at age 61, a relative youth compared to the protagonist of her novel The Stone Angel. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Russell J. Sanders
Forced to read this in high school probably because it was a Canadian author and remember it being some of the worst, depressing crud ever put to paper. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Jeffrey Timpano