Wednesday, July 16, 2008

A private glimpse of reality
Hilary Mantel witnesses the transformation of a writer from madwoman to genius - this from The Guardian.

Towards Another Summer
by Janet Frame
215pp, Virago, £12.99 (Random House in NZ & Aust)

This is the story of a writer's weekend. It's not a lost weekend - alcoholic obliteration and the romance of failure - but a weekend of self-recovery and breakthroughs, a spectacular 48 hours that changed the course of a career. It was written in 1963 and is now getting its first publication posthumously. Its content and imagery show its intimate relation to Janet Frame's three volumes of memoir, which have become widely known through Jane Campion's celebrated film An Angel at My Table. Frame's haunting and powerful trilogy is one of the greatest of autobiographies, an account of the upbringing of a writer who - partly from choice - put on the inmate's smock of a madwoman, and who discovered just in time her real identity as a genius. This is where, it seems, her great work of memory began to take shape: London 1963, the frigid end of winter.
Read the rest of this thoughtful and apprecaitive review at The Guardian online.

How pleasing it is to see the extent of the serious review coverage being given to this title in the U.K. press.


LiteraryMinded said...

'Faces in the Water' by Janet Frame is one of my favourites. I am really looking forward to reading more of her work!
Thanks for this,

Vanda Symon said...

It is great to see 'our Janet's' work so highly regarded. It's well deserved praise.