bookshelves: published-2013, new-zealand, net-galley, autumn-2013, books-about-books-and-book-shops, lit-richer
Read from September 17 to 20, 2013
Counterpoint/Soft Skull Press
There is a small yet interesting history behind the making of this novel laid out as prologue.
Opening: September 1973,
Today I received word that my application for the Watercress-Armstrong Fellowship had been accepted and that I am to be next year's Fellow.
Ooh wicked fun and Frame let's us know this will be satire through the medium of her protagonist, history-writer and Fellowhip winner, Harry Gill: I'd rather like to write a comic novel in the picaresque tradition.
The musical backdrop is Mozart's Last Composition - Requiem Mass in D Minor (KV 626)
In the same vein that cousin Elizabeth von Arnim withered Katherine Mansfield in 'The Adventures of Elizabeth in Rügen', here Janet Frame gets on board that genre bus with a softly prodding comedic satire of Mansfield and her family.
It is easy to see why Janet Frame left strict instructions that this should not be published until after her death.
Totally enjoyable; fully recommended.
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Katherine Mansfield at Menton. Source: www.teara.govt.nz