The Stone Angel (2020)

The Stone Angel The Stone Angel The Diviners and A Bird in the House are three of the five books in Margaret Laurence s renowned Manawaka series named for the small Canadian prairie town in which they take place E
  • Title: The Stone Angel
  • Author: Margaret Laurence
  • ISBN: 9780226469362
  • Page: 335
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Stone Angel, The Diviners, and A Bird in the House are three of the five books in Margaret Laurence s renowned Manawaka series, named for the small Canadian prairie town in which they take place Each of these books is narrated by a strong woman growing up in the town and struggling with physical and emotional isolation.In The Stone Angel, Hagar Shipley, age ninety,The Stone Angel, The Diviners, and A Bird in the House are three of the five books in Margaret Laurence s renowned Manawaka series, named for the small Canadian prairie town in which they take place Each of these books is narrated by a strong woman growing up in the town and struggling with physical and emotional isolation.In The Stone Angel, Hagar Shipley, age ninety, tells the story of her life, and in doing so tries to come to terms with how the very qualities which sustained her have deprived her of joy Mingling past and present, she maintains pride in the face of senility, while recalling the life she led as a rebellious young bride, and later as a grieving mother Laurence gives us in Hagar a woman who is funny, infuriating, and heartbreakingly poignant This is a revelation, not impersonation The effect of such skilled use of language is to lead the reader towards the self recognition that Hagar misses Robertson Davies, New York Times It is Laurence s admirable achievement to strike, with an equally sure touch, the peculiar note and the universal she gives us a portrait of a remarkable character and at the same time the picture of old age itself, with the pain, the weariness, the terror, the impotent angers and physical mishaps, the realization that others are waiting and wishing for an end Honor Tracy, The New Republic Miss Laurence is the best fiction writer in the Dominion and one of the best in the hemisphere Atlantic Laurence demonstrates in The Stone Angel that she has a true novelist s gift for catching a character in mid passion and life at full flood As Hagar Shipley daydreams and chatters and lurches through the novel, she traces one of the most convincing and the most touching portraits of an unregenerate sinner declining into senility since Sara Monday went to her reward in Joyce Cary s The Horse s Mouth Time Laurence s triumph is in her evocation of Hagar at ninety We sympathize with her in her resistance to being moved to a nursing home, in her preposterous flight, in her impatience in the hospital Battered, depleted, suffering, she rages with her last breath against the dying of the light The Stone Angel is a fine novel, admirably written and sustained by unfailing insight Granville Hicks, Saturday Review The Stone Angel is a good book because Mrs Laurence avoids sentimentality and condescension Hagar Shipley is still passionately involved in the puzzle of her own nature Laurence s imaginative tact is strikingly at work, for surely this is what it feels like to be old Paul Pickrel, Harper s
    The Stone Angel May , The Stone Angel A year old woman, rapidly losing her memory and knowing that sooner or later her life will be over, returns to the Manitoba farmhouse she grew up in to try and make peace with her dysfunctional family. The Stone Angel The Stone Angel Rotten Tomatoes In The Stone Angel, Hagar Ellen Burstyn is being pressured by her son Marvin Dylan Baker and daughter in law Doris Sheila McCarthy to move into a nursing home, to which she is fiercely The Stone Angel by Margaret Laurence The Stone Angel is the first books in Margaret Laurence s Manawaka novels though my understanding is that place is the only real link, and that each novel stands alone I also have A Jest of God the second Manawaka novel sitting on my tbr and I am now really looking forward to it. The Stone Angel Phoenix Fiction Margaret Laurence 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 Great Books for Readers . The Stone Angel Dylan Baker, Ellen Burstyn May , Based on the best selling novel by Margaret Laurence, The Stone Angel is the story of feisty firecracker Hagar Shipley Christine Horne, Ellen Burstyn Her passionate heart has always ruled her head and her choices have put her at odds with family and friends. The Stone Angel Chapter Summary and Analysis GradeSaver In the first chapter of The Stone Angel, the elderly Hagar Shipley brings us into her world, painting a vivid picture of the small town Canadian prairie The opening scene where Hagar describes the stone angel statue illustrates a deeper attitude she holds towards life a The Stone Angel film The Stone Angel Study Guide GradeSaver The Stone Angel is a novel by Margaret Laurence first published in The heroine of the novel is Hagar Shipley, a year old woman who is endowed with a sharp mind and a proud, unyielding temper. The Stone Angel Summary eNotes The Stone Angel offers a portrait of a remarkable character who at age ninety confronts her mortality and is terrified, for all she can see behind her is a wasteland of personal failures.
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    1. When I was nine years old my only uncle lost control of his car on an icy road, and, after flipping several times, was thrown violently from his vehicle.His mother my grandmother received a call that night that no parent ever wants to receive Her son was in the hospital, was in very serious condition, and could she come soon, please My grandmother arrived at the hospital to find that her handsome, vibrant, newly engaged youngest son was paralyzed from the neck down.And through the years I have w [...]

    2. Old age ain t no place for sissies Bette DavisMy mother died 27 years ago She was in her mid eighties Unlike Hagar Currie Shipley, her mind was still sharp but her body was failing her in every possible way She had diabetes and congestive heart failure but, she ultimately died of liver disease from a tainted blood transfusion.I thought of my mom so much while reading this wonderful novel Mother bore her many physical afflictions with grace and also a deep gratitude for her family s support until [...]

    3. This is one of the best books I have ever read I don t give 5 stars unless I truly believe that is what it is worth, and Stone Angel is worth the five and , in my opinion.Hagar Shipley is a character you will never forget stubborn, ornery, proud, locked in her own version of her world and unwilling to see it any other way until her dying breath.The novel opens with a quote from one of the best poems ever written Do not go gentle into that good night.Rage, rage against the dying of the light Haga [...]

    4. 3.5 The question I have is Would I have read and enjoyed The Stone Angel if it had not been considered a Canadian classic and if a RL friend of mine did not highly recommend it Well, I have read it, and I can see why it is considered a classic There is so much symbolism in this book, you can draw classroom material for years from it And of course, it is always nice to read a story with a strong female lead and you hardly get any stronger female leads than Hagar Tho, of course, one could argue th [...]

    5. I hated this book I called it the Stoned Angel because I think it would have been better if I were stoned on drugs at the time as I told my teacher at the time of reading this book There have been women who have gone through far worse who aren t such b tches I could not relate to the character yes, she had a hard life, but its hard to sympathize with her when she is making everyone around her s life just as miserable Horrible boring read Yes, its a Canadian classic, but what does that say about [...]

    6. Mr Troy has chosen a bad day to call The rib pain is not so intrusive this afternoon, but my belly growls and snarls like a separate beast My bowels are locked today I am Job in reverse, and neither cascara nor syrup of figs nor milk of magnesia will prevail against my unspeakable affliction I sit uncomfortably I am bloated, full, weighted down, and I fear I may pass wind.I remember my mother telling me, with great delight, that my younger brother was reading The Stone Angel in high school and t [...]

    7. Like fine wine, there is literature that needs an acquired taste to be fully appreciated This is one of those books The story is as simple as a red table wine, but the intricacies of the writing set it in a class of its own This is a story that has been done time and again an aged and unreliable narrator recalling their life 90 year old Hagar claims to never have been happy and dislikes most everyone she s known in her life She will not accede to leaving her own home, in which she is lives with [...]

    8. When you live to be 90, you will end up seeing a lot of life and losing a lot during it I came to this novel, a former school text in Canada, rather late in life, but I am glad I did, for it paints a picture of this country s evolution from the late 19th to the mid 20th century from a woman s perspective, and reveals the frightening aspects of growing old and insignificant.Hagar Shipley is an unforgettable character feisty, cruel, unrelenting and deathly honest She loves her wastrel younger son [...]

    9. Hagar Shipley has earned the right to be curmudgeonly Now 90 years old, she has already lived with her son Marvin and his wife Doris for 17 years when they spring a surprise on her they want to sell the house and move somewhere smaller, and they mean to send her to Silver Threads nursing home What with a recent fall, gallbladder issues and pesky constipation, the old woman s health is getting to be than Doris can handle at home But don t expect Hagar to give in without a fight.This is one of th [...]

    10. Pride was my wilderness and the demon that led me there was fear I was alone, never anything else, and never free, for I carried my chains within me, and they spread out from me and shackled all I touched.

    11. Many of us bristle over school textbook and award winner If you imagined The Stone Angel would make a good show of refinement but isn t a five star page turner it is I m a gothic mystery, paranormal fan seldom enthusiastic without a ghost My marvel at this impressively crafted book is absolute It became a 2007 film I didn t care for it as a pupil At 14, we find no adventure in hardship nor corporal punishment though minor This time, my eye caught stunningly astute, absorbing emotions.The course [...]

    12. Incredible writing skill She says in a colloquial and sometimes brutal within both its intent and its semantics meaning phrasing than most authors crowd into an entire chapter Hagar not going quietly into that good night What rage against a dying of the light is merely from years, physical condition and experience of a tired and frustrated 90 year old And what was always there at 5 or 6 or 8 years of age Margaret Laurence lets you know.What I thought absolutely the most superlative in this whol [...]

    13. Hagar Shipley doesn t have much to be proud of in her life But as she muses, narrates and slips through time, I felt so drawn to her character I identified with her in some ways that make me want to re examine some deeply held assumptions in my own life Margaret Laurence so clearly gets human nature, what makes people tick and how easily we see faults in others, but not in ourselves I thought this book was brilliant I can t believe it was written 4 decades ago it could have come out this year I [...]

    14. A stalwart reflection of the men who shaped her is the resistant spirit of Hagar Shipley The Stone Angel successfully provides a realistic portrayal of one woman s life in the prairie towns of western Canada However, the stone angel of this story was born, I believe, prior to even her own self recognition Hagar says, The night my son died I was transformed to stone 243 Throughout her journey, even as she faces imminent death and resists the mortality of her own body, Hagar s mind conflates the p [...]

    15. I love discovering an author whose writing I so thoroughly enjoyed Such is the case after reading The Stone Angel, a beautifully written story about a 90 year old woman looking back on her life as she grudgingly adjusts to her final years.Hagar Shipley is a delightful curmudgeon witty, cutting, insightful, with a very human blend of both love and resentment for those closest to her Describing a sister who looked after her ailing mother I always felt she had only herself to blame, for she was a f [...]

    16. Part of me wishes I had saved The Stone Angel, a classic of Canadian literature, to read when I travel to Toronto in January On reflection, however, I would have become so immersed within it that I would be loath to put it down The narrator is Hagar Shipley, an elderly woman who is looking back on her quiet life filled with rage Laurence s writing is incredibly clever despite the first person narrative voice of Hagar herself, we become aware very early on that she is having problems with her mem [...]

    17. I literally dropped my final year of English class because of this book It was the most dismal, self congratulatory, spiteful, misandristic, boring piece of crap I ve ever tried to read And no, I never finished it.So guess what book we had to read a couple years later when I wanted to get my last English credit That s right, The Stone f n Angel Strike two.Thank you Margaret Laurence for this piece of Canadiana nobody really wanted.

    18. This book creates a great conflict within me.On one hand, it is exceptionally well written At no point does the characterization waver, the premise is good, and writing itself is fantastic On the other hand, I honestly do not like the main Hagar I can not stand her I feel as though she is one of the characters that you either come to love or hate with no in between, and I am not one of her fans I find her bitter, twisted, mean, and hypocritical I had a difficult time reading the novel because of [...]

    19. Hagar Shipley is one of the finest characters ever created in all literature, and The Stone Angel one of the best depictions of raging against the dying of the light King Lear, Hagar Shipley That s all one needs.

    20. Apparently, Margaret Laurence is a long time, well known author in Canada and this book written in 1964 is a known literary favorite among Canadians Robin, correct me if I m wrong here Just what I ve heard I can see why I ve read several stories like this older woman, reflecting on her life regrets, highlights, etc In fact, I almost gave it a 4 because it seemed so quick and easy to read and contained nothing necessarily exciting or new But then I realized that was the beauty of Laurence s prose [...]

    21. This is my favourite book of all time Not only was she an amazing writer but imagine writing a book about an old woman and it became a Canadian classic Apparently she held on to this book for some time after writing it because she didn t think anyone would care to read it There is so much truth in this novel Her descriptions of small seemingly insignificant things are so masterfully written that her words paint pictures that enable us to see the beauty in the ordinaryIt is so much than a book a [...]

    22. Maybe I would enjoy this book in 20 years, because it certainly wasn t written for spry 18 year olds It reminded me of A Complicated Kindness, and not in a good way Summary Prairie girl is raised to be proud and have manners and she keeps her stuck up attitude for the rest of her life, spiteful and causing pain to all around her, even herself At the end of her life, she feels kind of sorry that she wasn t joyful, then keeps on being cranky until the end Stupid.This wasn t the kind of miserable [...]

    23. As a Canadian high school student, I was forced to read this unpleasant piece of trash A crusty old woman bitches about her life and how miserable she is The end Fuck you Hagar Shipleyd you too, Margaret Laurence.

    24. I really enjoyed this book, published in 1964 It s the story of Hagar Shipley, a 90 year old Canadian woman who survived the Great Depression She looks back over her life and realizes that her pride and her sense of propriety have deeply influenced her relationships, and in many ways limited them The book is written with sympathy and humor I liked the repeated image of the stone angel The book is well written and memorable.

    25. If novels were colors Laurence s would be a spectrum of browns, earthy greens and maybe a few touches of lavender.

    26. The Stone Angel is the first books in Margaret Laurence s Manawaka novels though my understanding is that place is the only real link, and that each novel stands alone I also have A Jest of God the second Manawaka novel sitting on my tbr and I am now really looking forward to it Oh I do love discovering a new author.In this beautifully written novel, Margaret Laurence explores the life of one woman, Hagar Shipley, moving back and forth through different periods of her life As the novel opens we [...]

    27. This is my first Margaret Laurence book, a bit of an awkward confession for someone who likes to push Canadian authours on fellow readers I m not sure what I was expecting, but it wasn t this This is a great story, painful and beautiful and real I think I have sometimes lumped all Canadian authours into a group called Too Intellectual for Me and as a result I have missed out on some great writing that I am only now beginning to enjoy.Hagar Shipley is the main character, an elderly widow living w [...]

    28. I have decided you must be of a certain age to appreciate Stone Angel I must have reached that age I love the way Margaret Laurence takes the reader inside the head of an aging woman She s crusty and set in her ways but at her age I might be, too I m beginning to see the elderly in a different light The book only enhances the notion that we become the people we are because of our life experiences and we often misunderstand people around us I know this is a classic in Canada, but new to me Read i [...]

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