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Towards Another Summer by Janet Frame
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it was amazing
bookshelves: fiction, new-zealand-literature

This novel grew in me the more I read it and the less I expected from it.

It takes place over a weekend, when a young NZ novelist living in London takes a train to spend the weekend with a journalist who had interviewed her, his wife and two young children.

Keen to be with them, she is disappointed to be confronted by her own anxiety once there, her tendency to analyse everything and to express herself so much more articulately in her thoughts (or on paper) than in actual conversation. This makes her feel shameful because she has been invited as a writer, so she feels sure that they expect more from her.

During the visit many instances and objects or utterings remind her of home, so memories of childhood intercede, and brilliant metaphors come to her fully formed.

It is all the more brilliant, having learned that it was published post humously, and is semi autobiographical, but written 20 years before any if her own autobiographical works. The character of Philip was based on a Guardian journalist who did interview her.

Highly recommended for Janet Frame fans.
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Reading Progress

August 26, 2022 – Started Reading
August 26, 2022 – Shelved as: fiction
August 26, 2022 – Shelved
August 26, 2022 – Shelved as: new-zealand-literature
August 29, 2022 – Finished Reading

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