The Famous Jalna Series

The Famous Jalna Series

Posted on April 27 by admin
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This week at Dundurn is what we’ve been calling our Jalna week. Now for those of you who do not know Jalna is a famous Canadian series of novels by Mazo de la Roche. I think the best description of the Jalna series is that it’s like the British tv show Downton Abbey – except that this series of books existed long before Downton Abbey did.

The books main characters are the Whiteoak family, and the novels follow the family for the span of 100 years. The great thing about the books is that they’re not in sequential order so you can just pick any of them up and start reading.

I realize that most people have not really heard of the Jalna series, however, the National Film Board of Canada has and has made a documentary entitled The Mystery of Mazo de la Roche, which is appearing in this years Hot Docs film festival.

Click on the  following links to see two different clips from the documenatry:

Clip 1

Clip 2

So if you’re a diehard Downton Abbey fan, or a diehard Canadian lit fan, or really just looking for a new good series to read, Jalna has everything that you could possibility need.