NCL 124 – House of Hate by Percy Janes


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House of Hate  was not included in Series One.


House of Hate by Percy Janes (New Canadian Library N124) front coverSeries Two

From the Back Cover:

The destructive force of  indiscriminate hate within a family, the grim, devastating experience of grinding poverty – twin themes powerfully evoked in a novel that is at once touching and terrifying. Set in the stark, harrowing atmosphere of a Newfoundland mill town, House of Hate plunges its readers into a world of desperation and despair. Enmeshed in the coils of bitterness and hatred, a married couple, a married couple war with each other and with their children, wreaking emotional havoc, leaving their offspring spiritually maimed and devoid of human dignity. Only one, Juju Stone, the narrator, manages to escape from the physical locale of his torment, but even he is permanently scarred by a suffering passed on from generation to generation. A brilliant portrayal of existence bereft of tenderness, House of Hate is a tale of human ordeal and of one individual’s anguished, unanswered striving for love. It is indeed, as Farley Mowat has observed, “a book unique in Canadian literature.”

Percy Janes is a Canadian author, born and raised in Newfoundland, whence he returned after world travels and an extended sojourn in England.


House of Hate by Percy Janes (New Canadian Library N124) front coverSeries Three

From the Back Cover:

“… a book that opens the mind and lacerates the heart… one of those rare and fascinating books that are part of the very tragedies they describe.” – Alden Nowlan

The destructive hatred a family can turn upon itself is the theme of this powerful work which has, in the words of Margaret Laurence, become “a classic of its kind.” Set in the stark, confining atmosphere of a Newfoundland mill town, the semi-autobiographical novel tells the story of the Stone family – caught in relentless poverty and tyrannized by Saul Stone, an illiterate man whose primitive fury warps and twists his wife and children.

A brilliant portrayal of existence bereft of tenderness, House of Hate is a tale of human ordeal and of an anguished striving for love in the midst of bitterness. It is, as Farley Mowat has observed, “a book unique in Canadian literature.”

Percy Janes is a Canadian author who was raised in Newfoundland and returned there to live after extended travels in Europe.


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