Going to a psychiatrist or taking depression meds that I knew about either Lots of fights and immense noise of that AND the making up But without the cursing vile swear words of the present That I do remember Glorious
feuds too but don ou dare interfere in THAT circle Really I don t know if I will read than 2 or 3 in this series because I so despise the lay about men Eden just repulsed me in this one Why would she have married him for his poetryAnyway old fashioned And totally unwokeAnd as repeating to voicing as it got I read every word Slowly and at times truly laughed out loudLike in that pillow fight within 3 or 4 generations Yes it was exactly like that First book in this classic family sage series set in Canada Good old fashioned book with lots of drama A completely new view on Canadians Who knew about the passion and the drama This really does read like a Southern Mildly Gothic Tale With Multiple Generations And Hangers On mildly gothic tale with multiple generations and hangers on in one grand house Bachelor uncles and lower class daughter in laws all reveling in their eccentricities like something out of Truman Capote or Erskine Caldwell then the land of Anne of Green Gables After only having read The Building of Jalna it was interesting and satisfying to see Adeline as an irascible whiskery old lady of 99 although still the center of attention Where is the energy "and optimism that built Jalna originally Dissipated for the most part in a feeling of entitled indolence Alayne the new bride "optimism that built Jalna originally Dissipated for the most part in a feeling of entitled indolence Alayne the new bride the states can see it but is helpless to even get a cup of coffee instead of the interminable tea Too many brothers with too many petty jealousies and too dependent on Rennie the current owner of Jalna for their bread and butter Crazy but compelling Jalna is totally absorbing Like all the Jalna novels it is well written and its characters well drawn De La Roche makes the landscape here is especially lyrical the multifaceted plot especially interesting and the many characters of the Whiteoak family distinctive and not always attractive but generally sympathetic and well real The rascally matriarch celebrates her 100th birthday and while no completely happy endings are in sight Jalna and the Whiteoaks endure I read this book in Jr Hi and escaped into another time and place I have read it times than I can count and eventually bought the entire set at garage sales booksales and the internet I want to be part of the Whiteoak family I especially enjoyed it because my father was from Ontario Canad. Without the family's consent and of Eden the poet whose marriage to an outsider triggers a different but eually powerful conflic.
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Nderstand why I loved the madly when I was a The Little House in the Woods and Other Stories youngerand I enjoyed the re read experience for nostalgic reasons I first read this in myouth 40 The Modern Art Invasion years ago and loved it then Having revisited it all theseears later I found I enjoyed it even in the intervening ears I have developed a much deeper appreciation of Mazo de la Roche s fantastic descriptions and characterisations I admire and am appalled by the Whiteoaks in eual measures and they make me laugh till I cry It s closer to a 35 stars book but I just had to round it up for the incredible depth of the characterizations These Whiteoak people as redundant as aspects do get are chiseled out and stamped with "1000 UIRKS AND FOIBLES AS IS "uirks and foibles As is peculiar physical mental emotional intellectual gifts or voids And the Great Grandmother is classic She s just unforgettable As is her parrotThis was written early in another century and CAN YOU TELL Women and men and animals kids of every age encountered All of them fail to be classified or identified or grouped or in any iota influenced in onus or in majority of movements or conversations by OVERVIEW In other words they are what they are And want what they want And have proclivities or not as they think or feel them And it isn t reaction to media tech world wide community moral relativity standards or some other we think of ideology Even within their religion it is basically a traditional structure only and something necessary to do all together with each shifting into a role there And as they are all supported by Gran and Renny they seem like druthers free wheelers in 90% of all their other regards on top of it So the women don t need to be emancipated or feel the urge of revolution to their roles in any other way than those which their feelings and mind likes tend them to lean Honestly I haven t read a series like this in possibly 15 ears Not even Norah Lofts or Christie or Mantel gets the eyes so perfectly for this particular time And the placement is rather drole and unusual too at that It was to me They are in Ontario and acting as if it were Dorset or Kent and with sensibilities of uite a like mind The people make such gaffs and there is so much turmoil and melodrama between family members that it reminds me of how life was in my outh on a city block of 40 small nearly identical lodgings where each tiny suare had the usual number 7 or 8 or 10 kids plus parents with one bathroom Very similar Can t remember even one individual ok maybe a priest. N from which the series takes its nameThis is the story of two marriages that of oung Piers who has created a tumult by marrying. .
I read and enjoyed the entire Whiteoaks of Jalna series as a teenager beginning with The Building of Jalna and finishing with Centenary at Jalna When my mother passed away in 1996 I discovered that somewhere along the way she had acuired the full set in paperback Since I had always intended to read them again some day I took them home and added them to my own libraryThis summer I decided to re enter the world of Jalna but this time I m reading the books in the order they were written rather than chronologically So far I think that was a good decision as I don t have a sense of this happened then that After all when we make friends with someone we don t learn their life story from start to finish do weIf someone was considering reading the Jalna books for the first time I would suggest beginning with Jalna as I found it compelling than I remember The Building of Jalna being Oh my Those Whiteoaks A lot happens in this book It is actually the first book that the author wrote in the series she went back later and filled in the history of the family in what are now the first 6 books of the series if read chronologically instead of in published order In this book there are as usual 3 generations of Whiteoaks living at Jalna The oldest is 100 and the Neverland (Adventures in Neverland, youngest is 10 They are such an insular family rarely getting away from each other or the house and this closeness can lead to trouble So interesting to see how my feelings towards a lot of the characters have changed since I read these books at 14 15ears of age What I once thought romantic now not so much So I finally gave in and started reading this series My mother has been going on and on about Jalna since I can remember and she finally bought this one for me at a used books store because she just knows that I will love it And of course I was forced to admit that mom was right and I fell in love "with the Whiteoaks This one the 7th in the series chronologically has a lot of characters and juicy drama and "the Whiteoaks This one the 7th in the series chronologically has a lot of characters and juicy drama and also got me curious about what happened before So now I m working my way through the whole series Which I recommend warmly because Invisible Darkness you will love it Funny and interesting to re read something fromour childhood I remember going to the library in Helsinki and the the first book suggested by the librarian in the adult book department was the Jalna series by Mazo de la Roche Little did I know that I would be living for a while not too far from the original JalnaInteresting how life surprises ou I do The Jalna saga unfolds the lives and loves of the unforgettable family whose heart is centered in Jalna the great rambling mansio. ,