Thursday, September 20, 2012

Gorse warmly endorsed

Lawrence Jones has written a superb review of Gorse is Not People for the ODT (Saturday 15 September 2012). He considers the structure, purpose and background of this new volume, and puts it in the context of the other posthumous publishing that has emerged since Janet Frame's death. Jones says of the stories in this volume of new and uncollected stories:

'Uniting them all are Frame's unique personal vision with its combination of humour, sharp irony, compassion, and a sad acceptance that "They always die" (the ending of "The Gravy Boat"), and the wonderfully imaginative language with which she presents that vision.'

'work of a quality that adds significantly to her oeuvre'

'further establishes her place along with Katherine Mansfield and Frank Sargeson with New Zealand's greatest writers of short fiction.'

The only form of literary decency left, she said | Otago Daily Times Online News : Otago, South Island, New Zealand & International News

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