on 20 January 2010
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.
on 21 July 2011
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.
on 16 May 2009
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.