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"The train clonks on and on. Through the prairies. She looks out at the flat lands, which from the train window could not ever tell you anything about what they are. The grain elevators, like stark strange towers. The small bluffs of scrub oak and poplar. In Ontario, bluff means something else--a ravine, a small precipice? She's never really understood that other meaning; her own is so clear. A gathering of trees, not the great hardwoods of Down East, or forests of the North, but thin tough-fibred trees that could survive on open grassland, that could live against the wind and the winter here. That was a kind of tree worth having; that was a determined kind of tree, all right.

The crocuses used to grow out of the snow. You would find them in pastures, the black-pitted dying snow still there, and the crocuses already growing, their greengrey featherstems, and the petals a pale greymauve. People who'd never lived hereabouts always imagined it was dull, bleak, hundreds of miles of nothing. They didn't know. They didn't know the renewal that came out of the dead cold."

-from The Diviners by Maragret Laurence

Date: 2013-02-08 05:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stalkingsilence.livejournal.com
I fucking love this book.

Date: 2013-02-08 05:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] prairiecity.livejournal.com
it's my fave, for sure. i used to read it every autumn, but i haven't picked it up in a few years. it's amazing how differently i relate to the characters at different times in my life.

Date: 2013-02-09 03:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] isleofvan.livejournal.com
Oh, just rip my heart out already.

Date: 2013-02-09 07:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] prairiecity.livejournal.com
up next in this year's instalment of february book club: excerpts from the bell jar.

Date: 2013-02-17 04:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eunice-eunice.livejournal.com
I read the Bell Jar every January for like 4 years in a row, because I'm like, soooooooooo mentally healthy. I do so love the Diviners, always and forever. OH GAWD MORAG.

Date: 2013-02-17 07:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] prairiecity.livejournal.com
i haven't ever read the bell jar, but this DID seem like a good time to dive into some toni morrisson!

Date: 2013-02-18 04:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eunice-eunice.livejournal.com
our continued friendship is contingent on you reading the bell jar

Date: 2013-02-18 06:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] prairiecity.livejournal.com
duly noted. give me until the end of the summer, yeah?

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