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The Stone Angel by Margaret Laurence
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Mar 23, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction
Read in January, 2006

This book is not an uplifting read, but it is remarkable. Ninety-year-old Hagar Shipley, declining into senility, battles her son's attempts to confine her to a nursing home and looks back on a life that in many ways has been wasted. Proud, stubborn, self-centred and often callous, Hagar is a compelling character who is not at all likeable, yet you can still feel sorry for her. This is a really convincing portrait of old age ... but Laurence (1926-1987) was only 38 when she wrote it. "This is revelation, not impersonation," says Robertson Davies, and you do feel that this is what it must be like to be old.

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