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By Margaret Laurence

A thirty-four-year-old tuition 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 man or woman who stocks her rebellious spirit. ultimately, by means 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 used to be additionally the root 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 agony. we all know Rachel, sympathize together with her, and in a feeling, turn into Rachel, so genuine is her voice. . . . A Jest of God has amazing readability, appealing aspect, in addition to the emotional effect of sincere confession."—Joan J. corridor, Saturday Review

"Laurence's rendition is with reference 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 such a lot finished 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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It is no surprise, then, that many began to think seriously about allying themselves with the dissatisfied Métis. On January 29, 1884, a meeting was organized at Halcro on the South Saskatchewan, during which a group of disgruntled settlers appointed a committee chaired by Andrew Spence to draw setting the stage 17 up a petition to the federal government outlining their grievances. 41 He was introduced to Louis Riel in the summer of 1884. When Riel returned to Canada that summer, all segments of the population of the North-West had serious grievances with the federal government based on frustrations that had been escalating over the previous decade; and when he subsequently undertook the leadership of the 1885 agitation, Riel assumed he had the support of all the settlers of the region.

28 Concomitant with renewed interest in Riel at the midpoint of the twentieth century was a change in English portrayals of Native peoples. The end of World War II appears to have signaled a shift in residual English 38 Chapter 2 Canadian cultural identification with England; and Robert Kroetch has argued that in literature, this translated into a general modification of traditional images of Native peoples from obstacles of Canadian expansion to cultural forebears. 30 His assessment seems to be an accurate one, and resonances of it can be detected as early as the 1940s.

News of the Métis victory at Duck Lake spread through the region quickly and may well have provided an impetus for disaffected Native groups who were already on the verge of open confrontation with government rep­­resentatives and the police. Two hundred Cree and a smaller number of Assiniboine joined forces and raided the settlement of Battleford, forcing nearly five hundred settlers to seek refuge in the NWMP barracks. At Frog Lake on April 2, a party led by Wandering Spirit killed the Indian agent Thomas Quinn, the farm instructor, and two Catholic priests (Father Fafard and Father Marchand).

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