NCL 111 – A Jest of God by Margaret Laurence


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A Jest of God  was not included in Series One.


A Jest of God by Margaret Laurence (New Canadian Library N111)

Series Two

From the Back Cover:

In this remarkable and deservedly popular novel, Margaret Laurence writes with graceful power and deep compassion about a woman hovering on the brink of madness and despair, desperately struggling to communicate, to survive, to find freedom and release. Victim of deceit and pettiness–her own as much as others–Rachel Cameron is chained to a tyrannical, invalid mother in a small, stultifying Manitoba town. Her struggle, a struggle with love, with death, with herself and her world, is conveyed in deeply human terms with controlled fervour and unerring sensitivity.

A Jest of God won the Governor General’s Award for fiction in 1967 and was released as the very successful film Rachel, Rachel. It stands with The Stone Angel and The Fire-Dwellers as a singularly enduring work by one of Canada’s most distinguished novelists.


A Jest of God by Margaret Laurence (New Canadian Library N111) front coverSeries Three

From the Back Cover:

The book that won the Governor General’s Award for fiction in 1967 – and that became the inspiration for the film Rachel, Rachel.

In this remarkable and deservedly popular novel, Margaret Laurence writes with graceful power and deep compassion about a woman hovering on the brink of madness and despair, desperately striving to communicate, to survive, to find freedom and release. Victim of deceit and pettiness–her own as much as others–Rachel Cameron is chained to a tyrannical, invalid mother in a small, stultifying Manitoba town. Her struggle with love, with death, with herself and her world, is conveyed in deeply human terms with controlled fervour and unerring sensitivity. A Jest of God stands with The Stone Angel and The Fire-Dwellers as a singularly enduring work by one of Canada’s most distinguished novelists.


A Jest of God by Margaret Laurence (New Canadian Library) front coverSeries Four

From the Back Cover:

In this celebrated novel, Margaret Laurence writes with grace, power and deep compassion about Rachel Cameron, a woman struggling to come to terms with love, with death, with herself and her world.

Trapped in a milieu of deceit and pettiness – her own and that of others – Rachel longs for love, and contact with another human being who shares her rebellious spirit, Through her summer affair with Nick Kazlik, a schoolmate from earlier years, she learns at last to reach out to another person and to make herself vulnerable.

A JEST OF GOD won the Governor General’s Award for 1966 and was released as the successful film, Rachel, Rachel. The novel stands as a poignant and singularly enduring work by one of the world’s most distinguished authors.

“Fresh and arresting… unforgettably good and nothing less than brilliant.” – Maclean’s

“Superb and movingly human.” – Saturday Review


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