Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Hidden depths

It has been fascinating to observe the wide range of responses to Janet Frame's 'new' novel In the Memorial Room. As poet Paula Green pointed out in her review for the New Zealand Herald, "This novel is like a prism that becomes something other as the light changes."
The novel is deceptively simple and can be enjoyed on the level of a comedy, but there is so much more there to reward a deeper reading - or multiple readings - as well.
Here's a gem of a response from acclaimed Kiwi novelist Catherine Chidgey (in a Facebook post reproduced with kind permission): "Among other things, it's a meditation on the creative process, and the obstacles to it, and manages to be both witty and moving."

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