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Gorse Is Not People

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This brand new collection of 28 short stories by Janet Frame spans the length of her career and contains some of the best she wrote. None of these stories has been published in a collection before, and more than half are published for the first time in Gorse is Not People.

The title story caused Frame a setback in 1954, when Charles Brasch rejected it for publication in Lan
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Hardcover, 252 pages
Published July 25th 2012 by Penguin Books
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Feb 12, 2013 Emma Makes rated it it was amazing
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One of my most comforting memories of primary school is being read to aloud. With our head on our desks, the warmth of the radiator on our backs and the smell of wet jackets filling the air our teacher read to us and let our imaginations roam.

It’s a similar feeling of homeliness, warmth and comfort I get when I read Janet Frame. I first read Faces in the Water in my first year at Art School; standing in the ground floor of Dunedin’s Central Library I wanted something to read and the name ‘Janet
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Disclaimer - I'm not a fan of short stories.

This collection has some stories I loved: the first one in the collection Between My Father and The King is an example of this. Some I liked and others I found hard to engage with or long.

That Janet Frame though! What a writer!
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The fate befalling the young woman who wanted "to be a poet" has been well documented. Desperately unhappy because of family tragedies and finding herself trapped in the wrong vocation (as a schoolteacher) her only escape appeared to be in submission to society's judgement of her as abnormal. She spent four and a half years out of eight years, incarcerated in mental hospitals. The story of her ...more
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