The Stone Diaries

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The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields Summary

The Stone Diaries is the story of one woman's life; a truly sensuous novel that reflects and illuminates the unsettled decades of our century. Born in 1905, Daisy Goodwill drifts through the chapters of childhood, marriage, widowhood, remarriage, motherhood and old age. Bewildered by her inability to understand her own role, Daisy attempts to find a way to tell her own story within a novel that is itself about the limitations of autobiography. From the Hardcover edition.

Carol Shields's The Stone Diaries

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Carol Shields's The Stone Diaries by Abby Werlock Summary

Continuum Contemporaries will be a wonderful source of ideas and inspiration for members of book clubs and readings groups, as well as for literature students.The aim of the series is to give readers accessible and informative introductions to 30 of the most popular, most acclaimed, and most influential novels of recent years. A team of contemporary fiction scholars from both sides of the Atlantic has been assembled to provide a thorough and readable analysis of each of the novels in question. The books in the series will all follow the same structure:a biography of the novelist, including other works, influences, and, in some cases, an interview; a full-length study of the novel, drawing out the most important themes and ideas; a summary of how the novel was received upon publication; a summary of how the novel has performed since publication, including film or TV adaptations, literary prizes, etc.; a wide range of suggestions for further reading, including websites and discussion forums; and a list of questions for reading groups to discuss.

Le poisson orange

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Un sourire de reconnaissance attendrie apparaîtra sur les lèvres du lecteur. Pourtant, la surprise l’attend au détour. Entre le poisson rouge magique – énigmatique et sans âge – aux réunions de famille, la passion et la souffrance d’amants et d’amis, et l’incertitude de vacances à Paris, cet exquis recueil de nouvelles plaira et enchantera à coup sûr. Ce recueil avait reçu le prix Marian Engel (1990).

Le Carnaval du quotidien

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Le Carnaval du quotidien, version française de Dressing up for the Carnival, est le troisième et dernier recueil de nouvelles de Carol Shields. Les nouvelles de Shields dévoilent le côté ludique et l’imagination féconde de cette grande dame de la littérature canadienne. Une grève de météorologistes provoque une suspension totale du climat (Acclimatement). Le gouvernement instaure une taxe sur les fenêtres qui incite la population à se replier dans la noirceur en recouvrant toutes les surfaces vitreuses des demeures (Fenêtres). Stop! aborde la réclusion d’une reine qui est allergique à tout, même à la marche du temps. Reportage porte sur la découverte d’un amphithéâtre romain au Manitoba qui transforme l’économie locale. On rencontre également Titus, un berger de l’Antiquité, qui invente la rêverie dans la nouvelle intitulée Invention. D’une nouvelle à l’autre, le lecteur est invité dans l’univers de Shields où la vie est synonyme de spectacle et le quotidien n’est ni banal ni ordinaire.

A Study Guide for Carol Shields's "The Stone Diaries"

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A Study Guide for Carol Shields's "The Stone Diaries" by Gale, Cengage Learning Summary

A Study Guide for Carol Shields's "The Stone Diaries," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Novels for Students. This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Novels for Students for all of your research needs.

Jane Austen

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La grande romancière canadienne, Carol Shields, retrace le parcours fascinant d'une femme dont les œuvres continuent de séduire des générations de lecteurs depuis plus de deux cents ans. Shields suit Jane Austen depuis son enfance au presbytère de Steventon jusqu'à ses derniers moments à Winchester; elle se penche sur ses relations familiales, ses liens privilégiés avec sa sœur Cassandra, ses amitiés, ses espoirs matrimoniaux déçus. Au fil des pages, elle révèle aussi bien la femme privée que l'écrivain de génie, l'auteur de classiques tels Le cœur et la raison, Orgueil et préjugé et Emma. Ponctué des fines observations d'une romancière chevronnée sur le processus créatif, ce magistral portrait de Jane Austen constitue également une réflexion sur la façon dont naissent les grandes œuvres.

Happenstance

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These two unique novels tell the stories of Jack and Brenda Bowman during a rare weekend apart in their many years of marriage. Jack is at home coping with domestic crises and two uncouth adolescents, while immobilized by self-doubt and questioning his worth as a historian. Brenda, travelling alone for the first time, is in a strange city grappling with an array of emotions and toying with the idea of an affair. Intimate and insightful yet never sentimental, Happenstance is a profound portrait of a marriage and the differences between the sexes that bring life — and a sense of isolation — into even the most loving of relationships.

Coming to Canada

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In a record breaking "hat trick," Carol Shields was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for her novel, The Stone Diaries, the Canadian Governor General's Literary Award for fiction, and was shortlisted for Britain's prestigious Booker Prize. Carleton University Press is pleased to release a newly designed edition of her poetry book, Coming to Canada, first published by CUP in 1992. This collection of nearly 60 poems includes the key "Coming to Canada" sequence, and is supplemented with selections from two previous volumes, Others (1972) and Intersect (1974). Among the finest writers in the world, Carol Shields has won a large and loyal audience as a witty, compassionate and insightful novelist, short story writer, playwright and poet. She is the author of 15 books. Arriving in Canada from the United States in 1957, Shields is a long-time resident of Winnipeg, Manitoba, where she is Chancellor of the University of Winnipeg.

Carol Shields, Narrative Hunger, and the Possibilities of Fiction

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Carol Shields, Narrative Hunger, and the Possibilities of Fiction by Ted Farrell Summary

Award-winning Canadian writer Carol Shields has garnered praise from scholars and an international audience of readers. Inspired by the quality and scope of Shields's work, Carol Shields, Narrative Hunger, and the Possibilities of Fiction addresses her creative exploration of postmodernism. As the first thorough examination of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author, this collection of essays establishes the groundwork for future studies of her oeuvre. The collection begins with a significant new essay from Shields herself, 'Narrative Hunger and the Overflowing Cupboard,' perhaps her most substantial commentary upon her own aims as a writer. In addition, scholars from Canada, England, the United States, and Australia explore the complexity of Shields's work and her contributions to the genre of the novel. These lively essays reflect Shields's verve and her playful approach to today's sophisticated critical thinking. Among the topics are Shields's use of biography and autobiography, metafiction, popular romance, and symbolism. While the essays foreground the unreliability of language, and hence our inability to know one another or even ourselves, the contributors argue that Shields has taken a step beyond postmodernism by suggesting that we can transcend the limitations of its epistemology. Containing several essays on Swann and The Stone Diaries, Shields's most popular works, and the most extensive annotated bibliography available of works by and about Shields, this collection will appeal widely to scholars, students, and readers of Carol Shields and Canadian fiction.

Une saison de célibat

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Séparés pour dix mois parce que Jocelyne, avocate de profession, a accepté une mission à l'autre bout du pays, Charles et sa femme prennent tour à tour la plume pour se raconter l'un à l'autre. Après des années de vie commune, Jocelyne se retrouve soudain seule dans une ville inconnue, libérée des soucis domestiques. De son côté, Charles, architecte temporairement au chômage, s'occupe de la maison et de leurs deux adolescents. Ce qu'ils nomment d'abord ironiquement leur " saison de célibat " prend vite la forme d'un véritable défi à la solidité de leur union. A travers leurs lettres s'exprime un malaise face à l'effondrement des rôles traditionnels dans leur couple mais aussi et surtout face à cette solitude imposée qui les entraîne l'un l'autre dans une profonde réflexion morale sur leur relation. Jusqu'alors prisonniers du quotidien de leur vie à deux, ils errent désormais en eux-mêmes comme en pays étranger.

The Collected Stories

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Now readers can enjoy all three of Carol Shields' short story collections - Various miracles, The orange fish, and Dressing up for the carnival - in one volume along with her previously-unpublished last story, Segue.

Anniversary

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Did you know that one of the world's best-loved novelists is also an acclaimed playwright? Carol Shields has been delighting audiences for years with her plays, among them, Departures & Arrivals, Thirteen Hands, and Fashion, Power, Guilt and the Charity of Families (all available from Blizzard). In her plays, Carol's familiar readers will discover a whole new facet to this award-winning author of eight novels, including The Stone Diaries, for which she won the Pulitzer Prize. In writing for the stage, Carol Shields combines the unparalleled elegance of her prose with an uncanny sense of the ironic, and a devilish penchant for comedy. Her plays push the conventional boundaries of social protocol, upsetting the usual aesthetic of introspection.

The Collected Stories

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For the first time all of Carol Shields' remarkable short stories -- some previously unpublished -- are gathered together in one paperback volume. In The Collected Stories we bring together Carol Shields' original short story volumesVarious Miracles, The Orange Fish and Dressing Up for the Carnival, some portions of which have never before been published in the UK. To these wonderful shorter fictions, we add a chapter from Carol Shields' last, unfinished, novel Segue, making this an essential and comprehensive overview of a brilliant writer. In all of these shorter works, Shields combines the dazzling virtuosity and wise maturity that she brought to so many readers in novels such as The Stone Diaries and Unless. With her exquisite eye for detail and her eagerness to explore the most fundamental of relationships and the wildest of coincidences, she illuminates the absurdities and miracles that grace all of our lives. Playful, charming, acutely observed and generous of spirit, this collection of stories will delight and enchant readers the world over.

History, Literature and the Writing of the Canadian Prairies

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History, Literature and the Writing of the Canadian Prairies by Alison Calder,Robert Wardhaugh Summary

The Canadian Prairie has long been represented as a timeless and unchanging location, defined by settlement and landscape. Now, a new generation of writers and historians challenge that perception and argue, instead, that it is a region with an evolving culture and history. This collection of ten essays explores a more contemporary prairie identity, and reconfigures "the prairie" as a construct that is non-linear and diverse, responding to the impact of geographical, historical, and political currents. These writers explore the connections between document and imagination, between history and culture, and between geography and time. The subjects of the essays range widely: the non-linear structure of Carol Shield's "The Stone Diaries;" the impact of Aberhart's Social Credit, Marshall McLuhan, and Mesopotamian myth on Robert Kroetsch's prairie postmodernism; the role of document in long prairie poems; the connection between cultural tourism and heritage; the theme of regeneration in Margaret Laurence's Manawaka writing; the influence of imagination on geography in Thomas Wharton's Icefields; and the effects on an alpine climber of pre-WWII ideological concepts of time and individualism.

En lieu sûr

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Deux couples d’enseignants à l’âge de la retraite, amis de longue date, passent leurs vacances dans une maison isolée en pleine forêt. Les uns étaient modestes, les autres mondains, mais l’amour de la littérature, le partage des bonheurs et des épreuves de l’existence ont forgé entre eux un lien aussi indissoluble que nécessaire. Au fil des retours sur le passé, Stegner évoque avec force et émotion le flot de la vie et la puissance du souvenir, tandis que s’invite la promesse de la mort. En lieu sûr est le dernier roman de Wallace Stegner, figure incontournable de la littérature américaine, dont l’oeuvre maintes fois couronnée (Prix Pulitzer, National Book Award) continue d’influencer d’innombrables héritiers.

Swann

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Carol Shields's award-winning and critically acclaimed "literary mystery," first published in 1987. Swann is the story of four individuals who become entwined in the life of Mary Swann, a rural Canadian poet whose authentic and unique voice is discovered only hours before her husband hacks her to pieces.Who is Mary Swann? And how could she have produced these works of genius in almost complete isolation? Mysteriously, all traces of Swann's existence — her notebook, the first draft of her work, even her photograph — gradually vanish as the characters in this engrossing novel become caught up in their own concepts of who Mary Swann was. From the Trade Paperback edition.

L'histoire de Bone

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L'histoire de Bone by Dorothy ALLISON Summary

Un premier roman largement autobiographique, écrit pour exorciser une enfance brûlée.. En Caroline du Sud, les étés sont étouffants. Les soirées se passent sur la véranda, à boire du thé glacé et à raconter des histoires. Ruth Anne Boatwright, surnommée Bone par sa famille et estampillée " bâtarde " par le comté de Greenville, se souvient. Elle revoit sa grand-mère édentée, impertinente, ses tantes farouches, usées par leurs grossesses, ses oncles violents, ivrognes pris au piège de leur misère. Elle se souvient de l'amour qu'elle portait à sa mère et de la haine grandissante qu'elle éprouvait pour son beau-père. Elle se souvient et elle raconte, avec une brutale sincérité, les aspirations d'une petite fille, la violence insoutenable, l'amour obstiné. Ce premier roman largement autobiographique, écrit pour exorciser cette enfance brûlée, a été finaliste pour le National Book Award en 1992. " Dorothy Allison sonne le retour de la littérature sociale aux États-Unis. Elle est devenue l'écrivain de l'Autre Amérique : celle des Blancs déshérités qui n'ont aucun espoir, aucune croyance, aucun avenir. Avec une force incroyable, Dorothy Allison décrit ce vide et cette violence. " Bernard Géniès, Le Nouvel Observateur

Corky

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Corky by Joyce Carol Oates Summary

Jerome Corcoran, Corky, a huit ans lorsque son père est assassiné sous ses yeux. Trente ans plus tard, Corky est l’exemple même de l’homme à qui tout sourit. Promoteur immobilier fl orissant, conseiller municipal à l’avenir politique prometteur, il laisse toujours de larges pourboires qui lui assurent une certaine renommée dans la ville de Union City. Bel appartement, les femmes lui tombent dans les bras. Mais il n’y en a qu’une qui compte, Thalia, la fille de son ex-femme. Elle a disparu et semble impliquée dans un scandale politico-fi nancier des plus envahissants. Joyce Carol Oates parvient à se glisser admirablement dans la peau d’un homme, dans ses forces et ses faiblesses et bien sûr sa libido. Traduit de l’anglais (États-Unis) par Claude Seban