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This is an auction for TO THE IS-LAND by Janet Frame. reviews:

"FIVE STARS!!! TO THE IS-LAND is a beautifully written, incredibly moving, autobiography. It left me breathless as I followed Janet Frame's journey and search for the meaning of self and home. Her sadness, longing, shyness are painful in a way I have never experienced in words. The detail, insight and recollection more than any other being-there story I have known."

"FIVE STARS!!!!! I did it backwards: I watched the film first. My subsequent enjoyment of the book, however, was not diminished. The strength of this memoir lies not only in its magnetic story but also in Frame's brilliant, lyrical writing. Looking forward to reading her novels . . . immediately."

"To forever capture the past in the present - to be always telling the tale, towards the destination and yet always on the go, postponing the end of self-perception and portrayal: one does not write an autobiography about what one gained but what one lost. Janet Frame shows an intense desire (and flair) in retaining her possessions - a place, an object, a thought, an emotion, a fragment of memories - in writing. It deals with loss and trauma in an honest, realistic, and fairly subdued manner, making it more geniune than a lot of best-selling memoirs. In her autobiography Janet Frame reminds us of existential moments when one detaches from one's self and looks at the world: the unnamable sadness that we do and do not experience."

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Paperback 1984.

253 pages.

Good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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