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Jalna (Whiteoaks of Jalna, #7) by Mazo de la Roche
Return to Book Page. Preview — Jalna by Mazo de la Roche. Jalna Jalna 7 by Mazo de la Roche. Jalna Whiteoaks of Jalna, 7 3. The Jalna saga unfolds the lives and loves of the unforgettable family whose heart is centered in Jalna, the great, rambling mansion from which the series takes its name.
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To ask other readers questions about Jalna , please sign up. Has time changed your liking for this series? Holly This answer contains spoilers… view spoiler [ No. I first discovered the books when I was very young and have re-read them several times since. I still like them as much as ever although I have a …more No.
I still like them as much as ever although I have a different perspective today on some of the characters. I used to dislike Alayne, for example, but over the years I've come to feel great sympathy for her and for the tremendous adjustment she had to make in marrying Renny and by extension, his family! And I used to adore Finch but now, at a more experienced age, I'm disgusted with him for being such a dead-beat dad! Lists with This Book. Jul 13, Janet Barclay rated it really liked it Recommended to Janet by: 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 , I discovered that somewhere along the way she had acquired 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 library. This summer, I decided to re-enter the world of Jalna, but this time I'm reading the books in the order they were written, r 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.
This 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. If someone was considering reading the Jalna books for the first time, I would suggest beginning with Jalna , as I found it more compelling than I remember The Building of Jalna being.
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 it also got me curious about what happened before.
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So now I'm working my way throug So I finally gave in and started reading this series. So now I'm working my way through the whole series. Which I recommend warmly, because "you will love it"! Nov 26, Edith rated it it was amazing. I read the whole series as a teenager. Even though I haven't read them in years I still give 5 stars. Just for the memory.
I was leaving with the Whiteoak when I read them for sure. 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 and the youngest is They are such an insular family; rarely getting away from each other or the house and this closeness Oh my! 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 years of age. What I once thought romantic, now not so much! Aug 16, Debbie rated it really liked it. A completely new view on Canadians!
Who knew about the passion and the drama? This really does read more like a Southern mildly gothic tale with multiple generations and hangers-on living in one grand house. Bachelor uncles and lower class daughter-in-laws, all reveling in their eccentricities, more 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 i A completely new view on Canadians!
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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 from the states can see it, but is helpless to even get a couple 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.
Funny and interesting to re-read something from your 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. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. This book is one in a series of 16 books. It is about the Whiteoak family and their Canadian home called Jalna. The family is unique, and the series takes you through several generations.
You grow to know and love the family with all its ups and downs My mother read the series when she was young and brought me to it. I read the series when I was in my twenties and am reading it again in my 70's. It grows on you. Just be sure you read the books in order as it is so much fun to see the members of the family grow up, have successes and failures, marry and divorce, travel, and have adventures on the Jalna property I definitely recommend this book and the others in the series.
Morning at Jalna, by Mazo de la Roche, is the second in a series of the Whiteoak family, with roots in Ireland and England, and as such, it sets the pace for what is to come. In Morning at Jalna, the family is settled in to their huge Canadian home which is a character in itself , when they feel the effects of the American Civil War, and fear their involvement could change the family forever. The characters are so rich, and quite unpredictable--subject to quick anger and laughter, subterfuge, love, and worry, led by Adeline, the matriarch. I love family sagas, and they can't be found these days, except in the Jalna series.
The author changes point of view all through the book, keeping me hopping and knowing exactly what's going through everyone's mind. One person found this helpful. Canadian author Mazo de la Roche wrote 16 novels about Jalna, the Ontario estate of the Whiteoak family. This is the first book, but it actually starts in the middle, with three generations living. Subsequent books deal with both past and future events; this one is set in the s. It is one of the best books I have ever read first time 40 years ago.
At the center is Grandmother, one hundred years old and as alert as anyone in the family. The description is beautiful if you've seen Ontario, you'll be able to picture it all but doesn't get in the way of the plot. With marriages, affairs, divorces and birthdays from the oldest to the youngest, there is never a dull moment.
Many of these books are out of print in the U. You may need to get a used copy or buy one from amazon canada, which I've just done with the second book.
I can't get enough of the Whiteoaks. I just happened on to this series of books The cultural life and history of nineteenth century Canada is interesting I am about halfway through the series. When I just want to read for pleasure, I'll check in with the Whiteoaks. A good, meaty book This is my first read by Mazo de la Roche, and is the beginning book in a series, I will definitely continue on with it. I liked reading about Philip and Adeline, how they met, what they experienced along the way, up to bringing them to Canada and building their beautiful home.
The book sails along smoothly, I kept waiting for something bad to happen, that didn't happen in this book. I loved the writer's in depth descriptions it makes you picture things so vividly Anyone who likes family sagas should enjoy this book, glad I found it, or, it found me By the time the sixteenth volume appeared, reviewers were prepared to dismiss the series altogether. There is nothing to make one squeamish about … [this] instalment of the Whiteoak family saga — unless one cares about literature.
The sands have run a little dry, perhaps, to send us back to the Civil War generation…. The Jalna marathon has, indeed, moved outside the range of literary criteria. By the series had played itself out with reviewers who valued finely drawn characters, a believable storyline, a unique and appropriate plot, in addition to a distinguished style and a concern with the timeless and universal themes of great works of art. Although she masked her disappointment in a general comment, she was alluding to her own experience when she described reviews in which the critic commends a novelist for not attempting to repeat former successes, and then goes on to say what an inferior thing his new novel is.
If a novelist is prolific he is criticized for that, yet in all other creative forms — music, sculpture, painting — the artist may pour out his creations without blame. Since that was not likely, however, she sought it instead in the deluge of letters she received throughout her long life from readers who wished to share their enjoyment of the series with the author. I could not deny the demands of readers who wanted to know more of … [the Whiteoak] family. Still less could I deny the urge within myself to write of them.
Without an audience, where is he? Like the actor, an audience is what he requires — first, last and all the time. Unlike her reviewers, her audience did not judge the Jalna novels according to the criteria of serious versus popular literature. As a Canadian, de la Roche did not alienate American, British, or international readers, who had access to the novels in translation; rather, they enjoyed the representation of her native country. The Jalna novels generated a vast correspondence and today they continue to satisfy readers throughout the world.
As Lovat Dickson, her editor at Macmillan of London, explained: She liked those sort of tributes. Gardner writes that as a graduate of Radcliffe College, where I am still studying as a Ph.
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To my confessed relief, the Professor has little taste for novels generally, and Jalna , the first installment of which we started rather by accident in the Atlantic , is the first novel I have read or even started to read to him for a long time. There is a delicacy and subtlety of keen perception and sympathetic human understanding throughout it all. Ironically, although each consecutive novel drew less favourable reviews, the number of Jalna readers continued to increase. The first of the Jalna novels won de la Roche immediate acclaim among readers, most of whom remained her loyal followers throughout the series.
In fact, their devotion inspired and convinced her to continue writing. I wish you would give us some more of those interesting, irresistible irrepressible Whiteoaks of Jalna, please. They remind me of the years when we were a crowd of eight, fox hunting, shooting…. Now we have shot up to seed. Please save the Whiteoaks from a like fate. For so many readers, the Jalna novels exemplified a grand past that had been lost. We started reading them about twenty-five years ago…. When our first son was born it seemed only natural that we name him Renny…. Each novel in the series promised to renew their acquaintance with an already familiar world, peopled by characters they had met previously, whose private circumstances did not alter dramatically from story to story, and who survived the vagaries of plot time after time.
In fact, readers were engaged by the same conservatism in the novels that reviewers came to despise. Her reviewers, on the other hand, were frustrated by a series of novels that embraced an increasingly obsolete ideology. An established hierarchy within the family ensured that each person knew his or her place — despite fleeting transgressions — and that the more vulnerable members were looked after and protected by their stronger counterparts.
Adeline and Renny Whiteoak regularly behaved as mater- and paterfamilias, guarding the welfare of their charges and overseeing the moral climate, such as it was, of Jalna. Moreover, the Whiteoaks participated in a class society: In turn, the working class was granted security and sustenance by its employers.
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