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Interview with an Icon, Part II

A critic once said of A Jest of God that Rachel really wasn’t worth writing about because she was no more interesting than anybody you might sit next to in the streetcar. And I thought that doesn’t say much about the book but it says a lot about that critic. (- Margaret Laurence)

It’s interesting to compare the 1966 interview with this 1978 NFB vignette of Margaret Laurence. Here she’s a literary icon in her early 50’s with a great body of prize-winning work behind her.

The Diviners, my favourite of her books, had been published 4 years prior, and she would write no more novels. However, ahead of her were still several children’s books and a memoir, which was published posthumously. What struck me most in this interview was her respect for ordinary people and her ability to see the extraordinary in them.



Lilian is the author of Web of Angels, a novel about a mom with DID (multiple personalities). She's also the author of the historical novels, The River Midnight and The Singing Fire, about secrets, friendship and motherhood in 19th century Poland and London.

3 thoughts on “Interview with an Icon, Part II

  1. Term has begun this week so things have been stupidly busy around here and I haven’t had a chance to listen to this interview. But I’ll come back next week, hopefully!

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