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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Virago (2 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844085090
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844085095
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 1.8 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 559,077 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In this deeply personal novel of exile and loneliness, Janet Frame proves the master of nostalgia, beauty, and loss. Frame is, and will remain, divine (Alice Sebold)

The idea of a new novel by Janet Frame is in itself a delight and TOWARDS ANOTHER SUMMER is a joy to read, with all the poise, inventiveness and clarity of her other work (Maggie O'Farrell)

No literary curiosity but a deeply rewarding and beautiful novel (Hilary Mantel, GUARDIAN)

Maybe Frame took pleasure in the thought of a novel appearing after her death, one that touched so closely on her essential nature, and reminded the world of her remarkable artistry (DAILY TELEGRAPH)

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This is a novel of exile and return, which Janet Frame felt too autobiographical to be published in her lifetime. It is an exquisite work shot through with tenderness and Frame's characteristic self-deprecating humour.

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By The Rat on 21 July 2011
Format: Hardcover
When approaching a posthumous work, one always wonders if it is as good or as relevant as the rest of a writer's production. Towards another summer is one of those rare books which haunt you long after you've closed it. And so yes, thinking back about the novel, one feels gratitude that it exists... and could be published.

Jane Campion once said of Janet Frame that "A poetic soul has rarely come better disguised." In Towards Another Summer, the feathery disguise worn by the artist(she is a migratory bird) barely conceals her poetic soul.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By T. M. Lee-Newman on 20 Jan. 2010
Format: Paperback
Another beautiful, lyrically evocative novel by Frame. It tells of the narrator's social awkwardness on a weekend visit to a journalist and his family; of her feeling that she belongs nowhere - not damp, dreary England, nor her home country of New Zealand, where she was considered 'mad' - except at her typewriter, deep in her work. As such, it is a semi-autobiographical account of the author's time in England. Shot through with the wit and insight Frame is deservedly famous for.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D A Swarbrick on 5 Sept. 2013
Format: Paperback
A strange style of writing, but it gave a very good picture of life in New Zealand a while back
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ms P M Osborne on 4 Sept. 2013
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I found it boring and self indulgent. It parodies Virginia Woolf in so many ways. I would not recommend it.
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3 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Samiam on 16 May 2009
Format: Hardcover
I feel like I've been duped into buying this book by all of this talk about how it was "too personal" for publication in Janet Frame's lifetime. In fact, it seems no more (perhaps even less) personal than the books she released in her lifetime and not nearly as well written.
I recommend those new to Janet Frame start with any of the novels she released in her lifetime and leave the posthumous stuff for the fanatics.
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