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By Margaret Laurence

ISBN-10: 0226469522

ISBN-13: 9780226469522

A thirty-four-year-old institution instructor dwelling along with her mom, Rachel Cameron feels trapped in an atmosphere of small-town deceit and pettiness—her personal and that of others. She longs for touch with one other person who stocks her rebellious spirit. ultimately, by way of confronting either love and dying, Rachel earns the liberty she desperately needs.

Winner of the Governor General's Literary Award, A Jest of God was once additionally the foundation of the motion picture Rachel, Rachel.

"Mrs. Laurence tells [her tale] unsparingly, with absolute authority, utilizing her thorough knowing of Rachel to attract us into her affliction. we all know Rachel, sympathize along with her, and in a feeling, turn into Rachel, so real is her voice. . . . A Jest of God has outstanding readability, appealing aspect, in addition to the emotional effect of sincere confession."—Joan J. corridor, Saturday Review

"Laurence's rendition is on the subject of perfect . . . reaffirming her skill to attract, with no pathos, life-sized ladies. . . . Skillfully wrought and eloquently told."—Marilyn Gardner, Christian technology Monitor

One of Canada's such a lot entire writers, Margaret Laurence(1926-1987) used to be the recipient of many awards, together with the celebrated Governer General's Litarary Award for The Diviners and A Jest of God.

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In 1665, Alexander Prouville de Tracy arrived from France by way of the West Indies with 600 soldiers of the Carignan-Salieres regiment. Forts were built at the mouth of the Richelieu River, and the western Iroquois, already suffering from the consequences of a smallpox epidemic and from defeats at the hands of the Susquehannock tribes, sued for peace. This left the Mohawks isolated, and, in 1666, de Tracy marched his 600 regulars, supported by 600 militiamen and 100 Huron-Algonquin allies, into Mohawk country.

Lawrence valley and the eastern Great Lakes region, were Iroquois groups, settled in substantial villages. D. 1000, when groups of Norse people from Greenland and Iceland briefly settled on the northern tip of Newfoundland. The main European penetration, however, began with the French occupation of the St. Lawrence Valley in the early seventeenth century, from which base they extended their trade routes across the interior of the continent as far south as the Gulf of Mexico and as far west as the Rocky Mountains.

And both also hoped to find a workable passage around or through the continent to the China Sea, thus securing a shorter and cheaper route to the spice islands. Because no Europeans had knowledge of the size of North America, huge inlets like the St. Lawrence and Hudson's Bay were explored to discover whether they led to the great western sea. The lateness of European colonization in North America was not due to ignorance of the continent's existence. Indeed, European fishermen, especially the Spaniards, Basques, and Portuguese, had been fishing off the coasts of Newfoundland since the late fifteenth century.

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