is a novel by the Canadian
writer Mazo de la Roche
It is the first of a 16-novel family saga
about the Whiteoak family. First published in 1927, Jalna
won the Atlantic Monthly'
s $10,000 Book Award. De la Roche went on to write about the Whiteoak family for the next 30 years, establishing a place for herself in popular Canadian literature. The Jalna series has been translated into many languages and was adapted for stage, radio, and television. John Cromwell
directed a 1935 film adaptation, Jalna
. In 1972, it was filmed for television as The Whiteoaks of Jalna
is a city in west-central India
, used by de la Roche as the name of a manor house built by a retired officer of the British army who had served in that country. It bears resemblance to an actual house in the Clarkson
neighborhood of Mississauga, Ontario
, called Benares. The house was built in the late 1850s for a retired officer of the British army who had served in India, James B. Harris. In India, both Jalna and Benares (now called Varanasi
) were the locations of British garrisons. Operated as a city museum, Benares Historic House once occupied a larger estate, part of which de la Roche called home for a time.
The series tells the story of one hundred years of the Whiteoak family covering from 1854 to 1954. The novels were not written in sequential order, however, and each can be read as an independent story.
There are similarities and as well as differences in the experiences of the... Read More