Janet Frame: The Complete Autobiography

Janet Frame The Complete Autobiography New Zealand s preeminent writer Janet Frame brings the skill of an extraordinary novelist and poet to these vivid and haunting recollections gathered here for the first time in a single volume From a

  • Title: Janet Frame: The Complete Autobiography
  • Author: Janet Frame
  • ISBN: 9780704346185
  • Page: 412
  • Format: Paperback
  • New Zealand s preeminent writer Janet Frame brings the skill of an extraordinary novelist and poet to these vivid and haunting recollections, gathered here for the first time in a single volume From a childhood and adolescence spent in a poor but intellectually intense railway family, through life as a student, and years of incarceration in mental hospitals, eventually foNew Zealand s preeminent writer Janet Frame brings the skill of an extraordinary novelist and poet to these vivid and haunting recollections, gathered here for the first time in a single volume From a childhood and adolescence spent in a poor but intellectually intense railway family, through life as a student, and years of incarceration in mental hospitals, eventually followed by her entry into the saving world of writers and the Mirror City that sustains them, we are given not only a record of the events of a life, but also the transformation of ordinary facts and ideas into a shining palace of mirrors Frame s journey of self discovery, from New Zealand to London, to Paris and Barcelona, and then home again, is a heartfelt and courageous account of a writer s beginnings as well as one woman s personal struggle to survive.

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    1. I inhabited a territory of loneliness which I think resembles that place where the dying spend their time before death, and from where those who do return living to the world bring inevitably a unique point of view that is a nightmare, a treasure, and a lifelong possession at times I think it must be the best view in the world, ranging even farther than the view from the mountains of love, equal in its rapture and chilling exposure, there in the neighborhood of the ancient gods and goddesses.I v [...]

    2. Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly says:
      She was ugly She tried to kill herself Several times she mentioned her rotting teeth, implying the inferiority complex she much have developed because of it, her wild shock of curly hair which almost always elicited the suggestion from others to have it straightened, her lack of fashionable clothes At one dance party she attended no one had asked her to dance so she went home early, by herself, then pretended the next day that she had a blast the night previous.Her family was poor and she had su [...]

    3. Temporary masks, I knew, had their place everyone was wearing them, they were the human rage but not masks cemented in place until the wearer could not breathe and was eventually suffocated.She looked how everyone saw her Sometime after reading Janet Frame s first autobiography To the Is Land late 2012 I watched some of the 1990s film adaptation by Jane Campion I stopped watching it into the part from An Angel at my Table Janet, Jean to her family, looked like everyone saw her I couldn t hear th [...]

    4. So.Is it blasphemy to say that I prefer her nonfiction to her fiction Her fiction was dense, poetic, experimental all of which I fully appreciate.Her autobiography is just her truth, which I absolutely love This resonated so much with me It s one of those books that says exactly what I would want to say to the world if I d had the presence of mind to say it first.She was diagnosed with schizophrenia but wasn t schizophrenic She was autistic if ever a woman was.So If you d like to hear a literary [...]

    5. Libro diviso in tre parti, originariamente tre volumi poi riuniti in un unico grande libro Da lettore si inizia con l innocenza di un bambino e si cresce accompagnati dall autrice in un mondo sconosciuto, quasi fiabesco.Le tre parti del libro sono molto diverse fra loro, l infanzia, la maturit e la rinascita al mondo di una donna che stupisce per il suo approccio alla vita.Un infazia serena, seppur vissuta nell estrema povert , una curiosit vivace e una voglia di apprendere, di soffermarsi mania [...]

    6. I confess that I came to this book only after seeing Jane Campion s brilliant film adaptation of Janet Frame s autobiographies And, despite telling essentially the same story, the book and the film feel like wildly different things That s the nature of an adaptation, of course and I m not suggesting that Campion is somehow less faithful to her source material than other directors might be It s just that Campion s film is perhaps masterful, finely crafted Which does not take anything at all awa [...]


    7. Extra ordinary life and writing style She goes from a very realistic and straight on language to the most poetic descibtions of ordinary thing that I have ever read Some strophes needs to be read twice or trice to even comprehend and absorb A book to read for all

    8. Wonderful book by an exceptional New Zealand writer

    9. This is the second volume in a trilogy of autobiographies by New Zealand writer Janet Frame, covering about ten years in the 1940s between the time she leaves school and sets off for London Her description of surviving eight years spent in mental institutions as a result of being mistakenly diagnosed with schizophrenia, is horrifying, but also compelling I love Janet Frame s novels her writing is beautiful, complex, and she just seems to turn language inside out From that point of view alone it [...]

    10. E una delle autobiografie pi belle che abbia mai letto Divisa in tre parti estremamente diverse tra loro, un esplosione di vitalit , di forza, di coraggio Non un libro semplice, molto lungo e l ambientazione neozelandese molto lontana dai nostri standard le riflessioni sulla scrittura sono imperdibili, davvero un ottimo libro.

    11. From BBC Radio 4 Classical Serial Dramatisation by Anita Sullivan of the autobiography of New Zealand author Janet Frame.Coming up in January 13c programmes b01q1h1m

    12. A wonderful autobiography.d, funny and unforgettable.a brilliant author of the utmost sensitivity

    13. This was for me at least the perfect autobiography.

    14. The fictional account of her life in the sanatorium may be poetic and riveting, but this autobiography was too detailed and dull and contained next to nothing of that period in her life I just got bored.

    15. Wandering through my favourite book store I saw that they had reissued Frame s series of autobiography I was suddenly very embarrassed that I had never read one of New Zealand s greatest authors, being a kiwi myself So I bought it From the first line From the first place of liquid darkness, within the second place of air and light, I set down the following record with its mixture of fact and truths and memories and its direction always toward the Third Place, where the starting point is myth I k [...]

    16. The first volume of the autobiography was a little dry, but my interest was aroused when Janet Frame touched on the traumatic phase of her her life as an inmate in a mental hospital in the second volume, the once dull language became lyrical, with plenitude of feelings to which I can relate, for I was too, diagnosed with a mental illness several years ago My favourite is volume three, the part where the writer sounded optimistic towards life as a tourist in Europe She overcame her introverted s [...]

    17. i felt encouraged by the, now almost unheard about, close family knit, and how everyday pragmatism enabled way than the modicum of secure relationships that psychiatric hospitals try to provide but are far from sustainable, the madding artificial crowd of a clinical environment that was only ever meant to be a temporary measure unfortunately, temporary measures are now a way of life and core, nuclear family values have been nuked instead of tweaked by the social engineers responsible for our so [...]

    18. Writing an auto biography, usually thought of as looking back, can just as well be a looking across or through, with the passing of time giving an X ray quality to the eye Also, time past is not time gone, it is time accumulated, with the host resembling the character in the fairytale who was joined along the route by and characters, none of whom could be separated from one another, or from the host, with some stuck so fast that their presence caused physical pain Add to the characters all the [...]

    19. It s a curious read, very interesting in parts, very disturbing in others and very poetic literally However, if you can excuse the pun, you have to be in the frame of mind to read this book for prolonged periods, as it can be quite depressing to me, this is the sort of book you have to read a little of for a couple of days and come back to in a couple of weeks in order for you not to get sucked into this world of sadness.

    20. Great autobiography of Janet Frame one of those books you discover by chance that turns out to be a masterpiece.Janet became a Nobel prize winning writer but was hours away from being lobotomized as a schizophrenic Then again if you write novels about people sitting catatonically and talking to black beetles

    21. A beaufitully written biography with some poetry which led Jane Campion to make a movie out of it with the same title 500 pages of absolute pleasure Janet Frame was from New Zealand 1924 2004 One of the very few books I will definitely read again.

    22. Janet Frame is required reading One of the best writers to come out of New Zealand, this is one of her best, what it is to be female and mad and live in New Zealand.

    23. a brilliant, sad, compelling and beautiful story this is one of the best autobiography s i have ever read.

    24. i read this years back i loved the film Jane Campion Janet Frame s life is one of courage, and gives other writers hpe.

    25. I read this when it first came out remember waiting impatiently for it to do so, and I wasn t disappointed.I have the 3 in the set and it s time to read them again

    26. Watched the series in New Zealand was very excited to get my hands on a copy.

    27. The memoir of Janet Frame, one of New Zealand s most famous authors Made into a movie in 1990.

    28. This book was life changing The course of her life was chosen tragically by a misdiagnosis in schizophrenia, and maltreatment by an archaic sanatorium Janet Frame s dedication to writing enabled her to recover and become an established author, her life long dream This is an ode to writing For writing built up her confidence, a gentle fortitude and self discovery The writing is crisp and concise Consequently the power of words and allegory silkworms makes her experiences all the devastating Writ [...]

    29. A wonderful story of an outsider, a chilling story of how one can be punished by the society or, in her case, by the couple of men, maybe even well intentioned, but totally immersed into cliches and stereotypes just for being different than the norm But it is also an optimistic story of how one goes out to find her true self, to become a person on her own and totally free herself of society s expectations.

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