A Jest of God (Phoenix Fiction)

By Margaret Laurence

A thirty-four-year-old university instructor residing together 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 individual who stocks her rebellious spirit. ultimately, by way of confronting either love and loss of life, Rachel earns the liberty she desperately needs.

Winner of the Governor General's Literary Award, A Jest of God used to be additionally the root of the motion picture Rachel, Rachel.

"Mrs. Laurence tells [her tale] unsparingly, with absolute authority, utilizing her thorough realizing 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 impressive readability, attractive aspect, in addition to the emotional effect of sincere confession."—Joan J. corridor, Saturday Review

"Laurence's rendition is as regards to flawless . . . 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 so much comprehensive writers, Margaret Laurence(1926-1987) used to be the recipient of many awards, together with the distinguished Governer General's Litarary Award for The Diviners and A Jest of God.

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Yet her mom takes care of them whereas she works. no matter what it could possibly were like, or in spite of the fact that her mom looked it, Mrs. Stewart takes cost of the twins whereas Cass works. the object one doesn’t recognize prior to is that the method doesn’t finish with beginning. It isn’t simply that, to be reckoned with, defined, confronted, brazened out. You’re left with a creature who needed to be taken care of and considered, considered forevermore. It’s no longer twelve months. It’s eighteen, perhaps. Eighteen years is sort of decades. i'd be fifty-two then. All that point, absolutely in charge. There wouldn't be any house for anything – basically that one being, and incomes adequate to maintain you either, and hoping you can find a person who may perhaps take care of the kid whenever you labored. mom wouldn’t. that's definite. whether she may carry herself to, which she couldn’t, she wouldn’t be capable of. bodily, she’s lower than it. It can’t be borne. I can’t see any manner it may be. It can’t be ended, both. I don’t understand the place to head. I don’t precisely be aware of while i purchased this. might be every week in the past. I don’t remember information good, nowadays. I placed it within the most sensible a part of my cabinet. I take it down now, the identified model of whisky, after which I see I haven’t a tumbler. mom is dozing. i will inform from the way in which she is respiring. the rest room glass is blue plastic. Her napping drugs are at the best shelf of the drugs cupboard. Quietly, quietly, Rachel. There. every little thing invaluable is right here, collected jointly in my very own room. what percentage? As many as attainable so as to not take any percentages. She’s had a brand new lot merely final week from physician Raven, so the bottle is sort of complete. It isn’t essential to count number them. I pour the brown fluid into the blue plastic tumbler, and juggle a short time with the blue and pink tablets, rolling them in my arms. they're awfully small. They absorb virtually no room in any respect. after which i locate I’ve counted them, regardless of myself. There are fourteen. adequate? One is sufficient for an evening, so absolutely those could be alright, with the opposite. I swallow the various whisky. i presumed i might hate it, instantly, yet I don’t. it really is like swallowing flame which burns for a moment basically after which consoles. It’s o.k.. It’s going to be alright. there's not anything to be scared of. truly, it's very basic. a person may possibly get down a couple of pills – this shouldn’t be tricky within the slightest. And this liquid – an individual can open their throat and drink, if they’ve made up our minds to. Firewater. This makes me are looking to giggle. The Indians, or so we’re advised, used to name it firewater. How actual they have been. part the glass has long past down. yet no drugs. that is still to be performed. o.k.. one after the other. One. That’s the 1st. 13 to move. unfortunate quantity, yet after the following it's going to basically be twelve. Come on, Rachel. just a little approach to cross, after which every little thing can be okay. Oh Christ. Time should have stopped for a time. What have I performed? And now I see that what I’ve performed is that I’ve taken the bottle of my mother’s barbiturates and feature emptied the the most important and invaluable drugs out of my window, zanily, directly to Hector Jonas’s trimmed garden underneath.

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