By Margaret Laurence
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 soreness. we all know Rachel, sympathize together with her, and in a feeling, turn into Rachel, so real is her voice. . . . A Jest of God has awesome readability, attractive element, in addition to the emotional impression of sincere confession."—Joan J. corridor, Saturday Review
"Laurence's rendition is with regards to wonderful . . . reaffirming her skill to attract, with out pathos, life-sized girls. . . . Skillfully wrought and eloquently told."—Marilyn Gardner, Christian technological know-how Monitor
One of Canada's so much finished writers, Margaret Laurence(1926-1987) was once 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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What did I do or no longer do, to place him off? i need to no longer allow myself imagine this manner. It’s now not as if I ever anticipated whatever to return of it. He used to be right here, and there wasn’t somebody else round, a lot, and that i was once the following, and that’s all. in fact i do know that. There’s by no means been any doubt in my brain approximately that. The final time, we have been sitting within the kitchen afterwards, and Jago got here in. I stated “Oh heavens, glance what time it really is – i need to be going”. I couldn’t sit down nonetheless and speak for part an hour with Jago there. Oh no. I needed to glance startled, as if there were whatever to seem startled approximately – I suggest, it wasn’t Jago’s enterprise, used to be it, and what did he care? Jago, grey-haired, strong, didn't say a note. He simply seemed questioned. i presumed it has to be my presence that made him glance that manner, yet now I see it used to be my departure. How indignant Nick should have been, to have me act so. No ask yourself he hasn’t noticeable me due to the fact that. i may have dealt with the location another way. it's going to were effortless. I see that now. – they're sitting within the kitchen, the 2 of them, consuming espresso with rum. They don’t have to speak. they're particularly satisfied, similar to this. The boots outdoor the again door make a scuffling noise – an individual wiping his toes sooner than coming in the home. “Jago is domestic early this night. He often is going to the beer parlour after the movie’s over. ” “Never mind,” she says, “it doesn’t subject now. ” he's smiling – “No, now not now. ” Jago enters, makes comments concerning the climate – “Due for a thunderstorm – no longer a breath of air wherever this night. ” “Too sizzling for espresso? ” – her voice is pleasant, informal, unperturbed. Jago says he guesses now not, if she’ll simply upload a slug of rum to his besides. For a second it truly is soothing, and that i can nearly think it occurred that method. however the second evaporates, and i'm left with the chilly wisdom of the way i really observed it take place, myself rearing up on the door sound, emerging gawkily like a tame goose attempting to fly. Jago announcing not anything, and Nick shrugging. How might I? If in basic terms i may say to him, so he might be aware of – glance, I didn’t suggest to behave that method. Did he see it a similar method I did, or how? If basically i'll clarify. yet I can’t. i attempted final evening. No – i can't examine that. My hand continues to be at the doorbell, and now I understand it should have been ringing for a while. I’d virtually forgotten the place i used to be. “Rachel! it is a shock. Come on in. ” Calla is donning lemon-coloured denim slacks and a violet shirt. She appears to be like approximately ten toes extensive. The lead-coloured edge of her hair is status up spikily all over the place her brow. Her correct wrist clanks with a brace of bangles, and her ft, that are dirty, slap with the rubbery sound of her royal-blue toe-thong sandals. She places a hand out to my shoulder, as an individual may, guiding in a customer, yet instantly she withdraws it, making us either aware of this half-gesture which most likely wasn’t meant as something in any respect. “I concept I’d drop in for a minute, if you’re no longer busy. ” “I used to be simply taking a break,” she says. “The pause that refreshes. Coke or iced tea for you?