NCL 146 – The Diviners by Margaret Laurence


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The Diviners was not included in Series One.


The Diviners by Margaret Laurence (new Canadian Library N146) front coverSeries Two

From the Back Cover:

The culminating achievement in Margaret Laurence’s literary career, The Diviners has been called her finest novel since The Stone Angel. And it is to the world of The Stone Angel, A Jest of God, The Fire-Dwellers, and A Bird in the House that she returns in this book, bringing new scope and depth to her portrayal of the people and society of Manawaka. That fictional prairie town comes to life anew in flashbacks and in the personal reflections of The Diviners’ central character, Morag Gunn, a woman at a crossroads in her life and art. Striving to divine a course for her own future, Morag casts back through her heritage, which drives from the vast Canadian Prairies with their Old World roots and outcast Indians and Métis. In Morag, Margaret Laurence has created a figure whose experience emerges as that of all dispossessed people in search of their birthright. And, perhaps more significantly, she has given life to yet another memorable fictional character who will stand beside the many enduring figures she has already contributed to our literature.


The Diviners by Margaret Laurence (New Canadian Library N146)Series Three

From the Back Cover:

“A pleasure to read!…Richly textured, beautifully written…Her heroine is certainly one of the more believable women in recent fiction.” – The New Yorker

The Diviners is the powerful story of an independent woman who refuses to abandon her search for love. For Morag Gunn, growing up in a small Canadian prairie town is a toughening process–putting distance between herself and a world that wanted no part of her. But in time, the aloneness that had once been forced upon her becomes a precious right–relinquished only in her overwhelming need for love. Again and again, Morag is forced to test her strength against the world–and finally achieves the life she had determined would be hers.

The Diviners has been acclaimed by many critics as the outstanding achievement of Margaret Laurence’s writing career. She has also written The Stone Angel, A Jest of God, The Fire-Dwellers, A Bird in the House, This Side Jordan, The Tomorrow-Tamer, and several children’s stories.


The Diviners by Margaret Laurence (New Canadian Library) front coverSeries Four

From the Back Cover:

The culmination and completion of Margaret Laurence’s celebrated Manawaka cycle, THE DIVINERS is an epic novel.

This is the powerful story of an independent woman who refuses to abandon her search for love. For Morag Gunn, growing up in a small Canadian prairie town is a toughening process – putting distance between herself and a world that wanted no part of her. But in time, the aloneness that had once been forced upon her becomes a precious right – relinquished only in her overwhelming need for love. Again and again, Morag is forced to test her strength against the world – and finally achieves the life she had determined would be hers.

THE DIVINERS has become acclaimed by many critics as the outstanding achievement of Margaret Laurence’s writing career. In Morag Gunn, Laurence has created a figure whose experience emerges as that of all dispossessed people in search of their birthright, and one who survives as an inspirational symbol of courage and endurance.

THE DIVINERS received the Governor General’s Award for Fiction for 1974.

“A pleasure to read!… Richly textured, beautifully written.” – The New Yorker

“Leaves us breathless and cheering.” – The Gazette (Montreal)


The Diviners by Margaret Laurence (New Canadian Library) front coverSeries Five

From the Back Cover:

The culmination and completion of Margaret Laurence’s celebrated Manawaka cycle, The Diviners is an epic novel. This is the powerful story of an independent woman who refuses to abandon her search for love. For Morag Gunn, growing up in a small Canadian prairie town is a toughening process – putting distance between herself and a world that wanted no part of her. But in time, the aloneness that had once been forced upon her becomes a precious right – relinquished only in her overwhelming need for love. Again and again, Morag is forced to test her strength against the world – and finally achieves the life she had determined would be hers.

The Diviners has become acclaimed by many critics as the outstanding achievement of Margaret Laurence’s writing career. In Morag Gunn, Laurence has created a figure whose experience emerges as that of all dispossessed people in search of their birthright, and one who survives as an inspirational symbol of courage and endurance.

The Diviners received the Governor General’s Award for Fiction for 1974.


The Diviners by Margaret Laurence (New Canadian Library) front coverSeries Six

From the Back Cover:

From her childhood in a small Prairie town through to her difficult marriage and her struggle to understand her daughter, Morag Gunn is forced to test her strength against the world, and refuses to abandon her search for love. An iconic and epic novel, The Diviners has been acclaimed by critics as the most outstanding achievement of Laurence’s writing career.

“Richly textured and beautifully written.” – The New Yorker


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