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Three New Zealanders: Janet Frame

Television (Excerpts) – 1975

Darian Zam
Darian Zam
30 Aug 2014 - 07.30pm
In my day Frame's stories were part of the school curriculum, like Mansfield's were. As someone mentions below, "You Are Now Entering the Human Heart" was one. An introduction to great writing, for those who gave a fig. I just recently re-read the autobiographical trilogy for the first time in a good twenty years. It's hard to put into words what's so great about her writing, an intrinsic sadness, a sense of longing, a childlike wonder, a sense of optimism in everything no matter how miserable. Whatever it is, we can all relate to that feeling or mix of them - it's what makes her world view - and the way she can translate it - so special. We're all outsiders looking in.
Johnnie Sue
Johnnie Sue
18 May 2014 - 06.23am
I just watched the movie an angel at the table. I absolutely loved it. I can not wait to read the book and start her other books.
john evans
john evans
5 May 2014 - 01.05am
just watched An angel at my table ,an amazing film which portrayed a terrible situation which could have happened in any of the commonwealth countries before the second world war.Thank goodness we have a better understanding of this terrible afflication,and I say well done to the makers of this film
Lynn Bishop
Lynn Bishop
1 Oct 2013 - 02.27pm
Its a shame they said she only spent a few months in hospital, she was there for four and a half years, I'll have to go re-watch, becuase since the few months thing, I lost the story... Great woman, and great writer.
David Cade
9 Jun 2012 - 09.41pm
Yes, there were things about life in New Zealand in the past which were undesirable and which have been improved, but let us not dismiss our past as having been entirely straight-laced, conservative, or bad.

I think it's important not to dismiss the New Zealand of old as having been "a backward little country". One of the most wonderful things about Frame's writing is that it returns us to days when New Zealand life was more about dignity, respect, and innocence than it is, unfortunately, today. This struck me only this morning after I read yet another evocative short story in Frame's collection entitled "You Are Now Entering the Human Heart". The tales in this collection detail those earlier days of New Zealand magnificently - although they were certainly not days of "magnificence" in the European sense. But they were truly days of wonderful simplicity and innocence. I find the same splendid old New Zealand in Mansfield's remembrances and, especially, in the first two parts of Maurice Gee's very fine "Plumb Trilogy".
Sacha
Sacha
9 Jun 2012 - 07.06am
When you read her three fascinating autobiographical works (To the Is-land, An Angle at my Table and The Envoy from Mirror City), you realize just what a backward little country New Zealand used to be, and, thanks to people like Janet Frame, how far it has thankfully come. And to think she had to "escape" from the country in order to avoid having a lobotomy, just because she 'moved to the beat of her own drum'; look at what we almost lost. Here's to the straight-laced, conservative, bad old days...good riddance!
angela petrillo
angela petrillo
24 Jan 2012 - 07.54am
quite a few years ago I first heard of author J. frame by watching "Angel at my Table" I then purchased her book "Owls do Cry" her life growing up as a child outside of her family was full of sadness, and I know alone,you tend to write ,and deep feelings make excellent writers. I wish I had the chance to have been able to write to her when she was still with us to tell her that I loved her short stories ,and her sensitivity I believe made her who she became in spite of all she had endured.
PEGGY HALL
PEGGY HALL
1 Dec 2011 - 11.43pm
A VICTIM OF CRUELTY AND JUDGEMENT., TODAY SHE WOULD BE CONSIDERED THE VICTIM OF BULLYING. TO FEEL SO ISOLATED AT A TIME WHEN DEATH WAS ALL AROUND HER AND THERE WAS NO ONE TO EXPRESS HER SORROW AND PAIN TO MUST HAVE DRIVEN THE THERMOMETER OF ANGUISH TO A HIGH TEMPERATURE OF DEPRESSION IN HER YOUNG MIND. SHE IS A TRUE NEW ZEALAND HERO FOR ALL THE GIRLS WHO ARE LONELY,SHY AND UNPOPULAR. THIS EXAMPLE OF BRAVERY AND PERSISTENCE SERVES THE TRUTHS OF THE FACTS THAT THE WAY YOU FEEL OR THE WAY YOU ARE PERCEIVED BY OTHERS DOES NOT MATTER. JANE SAW HERSELF A POET,DID THE WORK AND ALTHOUGH SHE WAS THE MOST UNLIKELY WOMAN TO ACHIEVE TRUE .LITERARY STARDOM,SHE PREVAILED AGAINST THE ODDS. JUST HAVE A LOVE AND RESPECT FOR HER THAT IS TRULY SINCERE. BLESS YOU,JANE
David Cade
1 Oct 2010 - 02.41am
What an extraordinary woman she was. Almost pained in her expression of ideas, and yet so easily winging into laughter.
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