A Jest of God (Phoenix Fiction)

By Margaret Laurence

A thirty-four-year-old university instructor dwelling 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. eventually, by means 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 was once additionally the foundation of the motion picture Rachel, Rachel.

"Mrs. Laurence tells [her tale] unsparingly, with absolute authority, utilizing her thorough figuring out of Rachel to attract us into her ache. we all know Rachel, sympathize together with her, and in a feeling, develop into Rachel, so actual 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 just about perfect . . . reaffirming her skill to attract, with no pathos, life-sized ladies. . . . Skillfully wrought and eloquently told."—Marilyn Gardner, Christian technological know-how 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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What's she conversing approximately? “Yes. i guess you knew all alongside. That was once what I saved pondering. You’d identified all alongside. ” “Known what? ” “Just precisely how a lot he’d warned opposed to talking in tongues. I’d basically recognized bits of his sayings, right here and there, the components our preacher placed into the mimeographed info sheets he handed round at the topic. Then I went and browse all of it. You knew for all time, eh? ” “No. I didn’t, Calla. truthfully. ” yet she doesn’t think me. She has been being concerned approximately this, completely unknown to me. It hasn't ever crossed my brain. God’s irony – that we should always for thus lengthy think it is just the few who communicate in tongues. “What did he say? ” Calla takes a mouthful of iced tea and leans again, determining to masquerade nonchalance, yet doing it so clumsily that every one right now i do know she’ll painfully and unnecessarily evaluate it later while it’s too past due to alter the way it has been spoken. “There are, it can be, such a lot of forms of voices on the earth, and none of them is with no signification. for that reason if i do know now not the which means of the voice, I can be unto him that speaketh a barbarian, and he that speaketh will probably be a barbarian unto me. ” “Maybe he didn’t suggest –” What am I doing, for heaven’s sake? Apologizing for the apostle’s appallingly exact sight? I don’t ever take note having heard the phrases sooner than, a lot as i used to be alleged to were reared at the black leather-based publication. What he says isn’t what will be. It’s in basic terms what's. Calla smiles, and gives me a cigarette, her thonged ft outsplayed at the ground, her bulk now leaning ahead, her spiky gray hair wavering stiffly as if her head have been mockingly coated with sprigs of dried lavender. “Yeh, he intended it, alright, Rachel. yet you need to see it in context. ” “Oh certain, I’m certain. ” The falseness of this doesn't get away her, and he or she smiles back, as if she now have been shielded from every thing, together with me, by means of 1000 mysteries. “He says, besides, between loads of different yakkity-yak, If any guy between you thinketh himself to be clever, allow him develop into a idiot, that he can be clever. I suggest, there you're. i assumed to myself – Calla, you previous cow, there you're. ” “Where? ” “Home-free,” she says, having it seems that settled it, yet nonetheless, i believe, watching for my response. “So I went again to the Tabernacle, see, daring as brass and two times as loud. My outdated traditional self, it's possible you'll say. i presumed, good, there’s your clue, kiddo, and if the observe that involves brain is Hallelujah, then it’s Hallelujah, so what are you able to do approximately it? You didn’t smash me, Rachel. no longer that you just intended to. yet, I suggest, you didn’t. It’s simply correct you'll want to recognize. ” “I’m –” I don’t recognize what on the earth to claim. “I’m comfortable. ” “You’re now not glad,” Calla says curtly. “How may you be? You don’t comprehend what I’m speaking approximately. good, pardon me all to blazes, and for heaven’s sake don’t placed your elbow any farther again or you’ll contact the rainy paint. I spoke, incidentally – that’s what I got down to inform you. ” “You suggest –? ” “Yeh. awesome, eh? It used to be given to me. To me, already.

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