One of Laurence's least depressing books but it still left me wondering "what was the point of all this?" Hagar, unlike most of Laurence's lead characters, at least makes a valiant effort to escape her self-imposed life of tedium. But in the end, she falls victim to her own personality limitations. The story and the characters are believable and seem true to life but that, without a transformative (or at least liberating) moment left me wondering why the author devoted so much admittedly good writing to such a trivial story.
I understand that this book has at times appeared on the secondary school reading list, I suppose as a good example of "Can-Lit". Mercifully, it wasn't on my list at school or I might have enjoyed Grade 11 English Lit somewhat less than I did. I gather it even got a few uptight parents upset because Hagar actually (horrors!) has an illicit sexual relationship. Without reading that book those kids would never hear of such goings-on.
Oh well, at least Laurence succeeded in getting someone worked up, so I guess it was worthwhile ...

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