Mazo de la Roche’s Young Renny (1935; 1971)

2017-08-11T13:57:37+00:00

When I began to read this series, I worried - needlessly - about keeping the characters straight: actually, the main character is Jalna itself. "Everything about the house had been put in perfect order. Workmen had been there to mend the roof, tighten the supports of the shutters, and give

Mazo de la Roche’s Young Renny (1935; 1971) 2017-08-11T13:57:37+00:00

Oh, the Saga-ness of it all

2017-07-25T11:21:48+00:00

Rereading the Saga comics is definitely worthwhile. On first-reading, I was a little off-kilter, so engrossed in some panels that I missed others completely, only occasionally remembering to retrace my steps. Discovering wings or horns on characters who appeared humanoid at first glance was delightfully but consistently distracting. Readers are aware

Oh, the Saga-ness of it all 2017-07-25T11:21:48+00:00

Mazo de la Roche’s Morning at Jalna (1960)

2017-07-24T18:49:27+00:00

Although the last of the Jalna books written, Morning at Jalna is only the second in the sequence. It is set while the civil war is raging in the southern United States, and readers are immediately informed that the Whiteoaks are sympathetic to the southerners. In school, during the 1970s

Mazo de la Roche’s Morning at Jalna (1960) 2017-07-24T18:49:27+00:00

Re-reading Emily: L.M. Montgomery, Again

2017-07-24T18:42:46+00:00

Exploring a coffee shop near Riverdale Park last week, I started a conversation with a young woman reading at the communal table in the back, while I waited for Mr. BIP who was waiting for the coffees (he was enjoying the view across the park and greeting the four-legged companions

Re-reading Emily: L.M. Montgomery, Again 2017-07-24T18:42:46+00:00

The First Jalna Story: Meeting Adeline

2017-03-06T16:01:38+00:00

In 1944, Mazo de la Roche published The Building of Jalna, nearly twenty years after she began to work with the Whiteoak family on the page. The beginning grew out of the middle, you might say. Jalna was actually written first, begun in 1925 and published in 1927: the fifth

The First Jalna Story: Meeting Adeline 2017-03-06T16:01:38+00:00