The Diviners

Paperback | June 15, 1993

byMargaret Laurence

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The culmination of the Manawaka cycle, and Laurence's final novel, The Diviners is an epic tour de force. It is the story of Morag Gunn, an independent woman who refuses to abandon her search for love. We follow her from her lonely childhood in a small town on the Canadian prairie through her demeaning marriage and escape from it into writing, fiction, and finally back to rural Canada, where she faces a different challenge - the necessity to understand, and let go of, the daughter she loves. Throughout, Morag is forced to test her strength against the world - and at last achieves the life she had determined would be hers. 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.

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The culmination of the Manawaka cycle, and Laurence's final novel, The Diviners is an epic tour de force. It is the story of Morag Gunn, an independent woman who refuses to abandon her search for love. We follow her from her lonely childhood in a small town on the Canadian prairie through her demeaning marriage and escape from it into ...

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The culmination of the Manawaka cycle, and Laurence's final novel, The Diviners is an epic tour de force. It is the story of Morag Gunn, an independent woman who refuses to abandon her search for love. We follow her from her lonely childhood in a small town on the Canadian prairie through her demeaning marriage and escape from it into ...

Canadian author Margaret Laurence was born Jean Margaret Wemyss in Neepawa, Manitoba, Canada, on July 18, 1926. She attended United College (now the University of Winnipeg), receiving her B.A. in 1947. Shortly after graduation, she married Jack Laurence, a hydraulic engineer whose job would often take them overseas; the Laurences lived...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:397 pages, 8.09 × 5.31 × 1.19 inPublished:June 15, 1993Publisher:University Of Chicago Press

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ISBN - 10:0226469352

ISBN - 13:9780226469355

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Leaving the best for last Margaret Laurence's The Diviners is the last of her Manawaka novels -- and her last novel ever published; with this said, The Diviners is undoubtedly her best. The Diviners is told through the memories of Morag Gunn -- an aging writer finishing her last novel -- who's digging up her past through a series of "Memory Bank Movies." Throughout these movies we learn of Morag's tough upbringing in Manawaka and her quest for identity, knowledge and her true home through the following years. An ambitious, thoroughly Canadian novel touching on the ideas of memory, home, the challenging of history and post-colonialism. While The Diviners is a thick read and at times boring, I have to say I would recommend it to anyone looking to read one of the very best Canadian novels ever published; a novel that ranks up there with The Edible Woman, The Favourite Game and Fifth Business for me when it comes to great Canadian fiction.
Date published: 2010-03-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A truly Canadian novel Morag Gunn can't wait to escape her small town in Manitoba. Her foster parents are embarassing, and she has plans to write greats things once she's gotten out into the world. But there is something about Manawaka that keeps drawing her back. The narrative skips between Morag's youth and once she is older and established in her life, watching her daughter deal with many of the same issues she had as a child. There is also quite a bit of Scottish and Native American heritage within the book, as well as the troubling issues that can occur within all kinds of relationships: parent-to-daughter, friend-to-friend and man-to-woman. Be forewarned that there is some crude language and imagery, but it is still a fantastic Canadian book.
Date published: 2009-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from an amazing novel! This is truly an amazing novel. After almost 2 weeks since having finished it I still am thinking about it. Anyone who has ever felt any shame about their past yet realize that they are who they are because of their past will truly appreciate this book. I am glad that I finally picked it up after all these years with it on my shelf. Books come to you for a reason--this novel spoke to me at exactly the right time.
Date published: 2008-06-27