Naar het Is-land

Naar het Is-land

Janet Frame Anneke Bok May van Sligter / Feb 20, 2020

Naar het Is land Dit is het eerste deel van een autobiografische drieluik van Janet Frame een van de belangrijkste hedendaagse auteurs Deze roman schetst een onvergetelijk beeld van de jeugd van een Nieuwzeelands mei

  • Title: Naar het Is-land
  • Author: Janet Frame Anneke Bok May van Sligter
  • ISBN: 9789052261232
  • Page: 332
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Dit is het eerste deel van een autobiografische drieluik van Janet Frame, een van de belangrijkste hedendaagse auteurs.Deze roman schetst een onvergetelijk beeld van de jeugd van een Nieuwzeelands meisje dat opgroeit in de jaren dertig Ondanks bittere armoede en schokkende gebeurtenissen in de familie ontwikkelt ze haar grote literaire talent en ziet ze kans een universitDit is het eerste deel van een autobiografische drieluik van Janet Frame, een van de belangrijkste hedendaagse auteurs.Deze roman schetst een onvergetelijk beeld van de jeugd van een Nieuwzeelands meisje dat opgroeit in de jaren dertig Ondanks bittere armoede en schokkende gebeurtenissen in de familie ontwikkelt ze haar grote literaire talent en ziet ze kans een universitaire studie te volgen NB Verfilmd als An angel at My Table

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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 almost miraculous survival of the horrors and brutalising treatment in unenlightened institutions has become well known She continued to write throughout her troubled years, and her first book The Lagoon and Other Stories won a prestigious literary prize, thus convincing her doctors not to carry out a planned lobotomy.She returned to society, but not the one which had labelled her a misfit She sought the support and company of fellow writers and set out single mindedly and courageously to achieve her goal of being a writer She wrote her first novel Owls Do Cry while staying with her mentor Frank Sargeson, and then left New Zealand, not to return for seven years.


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    1. I wanted an imagination that would inhabit a world of fact, descend like a shining light upon the ordinary life of Eden street, and not force me to exist in an 'elsewhere'. I wanted the light to shine upon the pigeons of Glen street, the plum trees in our garden, the two japonica bushes (one red, one yellow), our pine plantations and gully, our summer house, our lives, and our home, the world of Oamaru, the kingdom by the sea. I refused to accept that if I were to fulfil my secret ambition to be [...]


    2. I read this as part of my self-declared New Zealand November in 2015.In this first volume of her autobiography, Janet Frame writes about her childhood up until college, with several moves (her father worked for the railroad), a brother with epilepsy, and friends from the wrong side of the tracks. My favorite bit was an entire chapter about her public library, which she gained access to after winning a poetry contest. (It cost money to check books out at the Athenaeum, something which her family [...]



    3. Janet Frame, one of New Zealand's best-known writers, remembers her early years in dreamy, thought-swimming sentences, chock-full of poetic, strung-together adjectives. Her family is made up of her father who "was inclined to dourness with a strong sense of formal behavior that did not allow him the luxury of reminiscence"; her mother whose "titties were always there, like the cow's teats for an occasional squirt into our mouths"; Bruddie, her brother who (poor thing) developed epilepsy and had [...]


    4. "I wanted an imagination that would inhabit a world of fact, descend like a shining light upon the ordinary life of Eden Street." Her book stands up to this hope. It's a concrete, tangible life story lit up by her humor, intelligence, and compassion.


    5. have read it before and am reading it again. The amazing Ms Frame captures her depressive, difficult childhood with ease . The isolation both geographically and internally is beautifully explored, with perfectly placed observations on how a young Ms Frame dealt with the world sround her. Finished now, such an inspiring woman, so quirky and honest. I have a crush on her again.


    6. On this perfect little New Zealand is-land (sic) - Waiheke - I met Janet Frame for the first time. Reading Frame is like coming home - walking through paddocks in bare feet, over the stile and to the house where Dad is doing the crossword in front of the range. I'm not sure how I have got this far through life, as a literature-loving New Zealander, without stumbling into her at the library, in class, or by being introduced by friends.A quick look on reminded me of her poetically tragic life; th [...]


    7. I enjoyed the movie adaptation of Janet Frame's autobiography, primarily because of its sensory representation of childhood memory in the early section, and so I was very pleased to find that the source material contains many of the same pleasures. Janet Frame has a really special connection with her young self, and she is really able to connect with the experiences of growing up, remembering them in a relatable and tactile way. I really enjoyed the associations she would make, as a child would, [...]




    8. It has a pretty slow start, but this first volume of Janet Frame's autobiography improves as it goes along until you find that you've finished it without actually stopping for dinner. There's a sort of gentle mesmerising effect that's heightened by the familiarity of the natural world - to New Zealand readers at least. And I might have experienced Otago and Southland some generations on from Frame, but it's still very recognisable even over distance. In fact, the point where I felt closest to he [...]


    9. Janet Frame is a phenomenal writer and I wonder why she is not more acclaimed in the literary world. "To the Is-Land" is the first in a series that contains three volumes that comprises Frame's autobiography. It encompasses the the beginning of the author's life, from birth through adolescence. It is a sincere and compelling story of the childhood Frame, written in a plainer style than that of her fiction, yet still lyrical in nature and, at times, pure poetry. Frame has the ability to create a [...]


    10. At first I couldn’t remember why I added this book to my “to-read” list. Then I remember that it was because I saw the amazing movie “An Angel at My Table”. The movie shows the life of Janet Frame and dramatizes various parts of her three autobiographical novels. I found her story very compelling. She was a woman who grew up in poverty in New Zealand. She finds an outlet for her imagination by writing poetry and eventually becomes a world-acclaimed poet. First she has to overcome many [...]


    11. A work colleague loaned me a good number of Janet Frame's novels some years ago. If I recall, there was only one that I particularly enjoyed (I wasn't keeping records so diligently then), but I kept reading them because I felt sure I was going to really love another. The thing is, I love her prose - she puts words together beautifully - but I the novels difficult, mostly.This first volume of the three-volume autobiography, on the other hand, has appealed to me enormously. Here, in the story of h [...]


    12. I know that this memoir--of Janet Frame's childhood in the South Island of New Zealand in the '30s and '40s--is perfectly good in its own right, yet the main thing it inspired in me was the desire to rereadOwls Do Cry. The novel covers very similar events, and seems to do so with deeper emotional resonance and more indelible imagery than Frame conveys in writing about her real, un-fictionalized memories.


    13. Aggghh. Janet Frame is truly a national treasure and I'm only just beginning to comprehend it.This memoir is so, so great. The author's experience of art, literature, time, and her articulation of artistic, individual and national identity is hauntingly personal and exquisite. Also, I don't think many (if any) books are capable of making me want to re-engage with regional NZ / Southland lol. But this has!!!!


    14. I loved this autobiography. Janet Frame takes us from the innocence of childhood into a self conscious adolescence. A great portrayal of family and sisterhood. The family struggles with poverty and makes the most out of small things and events. Janet is transported by literature and brings a romantic interpretation to her landscape.


    15. I made it halfway through this book before I returned it to the library. I suppose I'm not in the right frame (pardon the pun) of mind for it. Janet Frame's prose is a bit plain here compared to that in her fiction.




    16. I read this when it first came out and was captivated - then had to wait impatiently for the next volumeI have the 3 in the set and it's time to read them again!



    17. I love that Frame's autobiographical writing is poetic and interesting. She doesn't embellish; and yet she paints a vivid picture of her childhood that transports you there.



    18. Was an okay book, took a bit to get in to and I don't particularly like the life that she describes it's depressing.


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