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Live Bodies #2020

Live Bodies By Maurice Gee Live Bodies An Austrian Jew in a s antipodean and colonial society Josef Mandl is in harmony and in conflict with Austrians Germans and New Zealanders alike His story mirrors the alien experience everywhere
  • Title: Live Bodies
  • Author: Maurice Gee
  • ISBN: 9780571194780
  • Page: 441
  • Format: Paperback
  • Live Bodies By Maurice Gee An Austrian Jew in a 1940s antipodean and colonial society, Josef Mandl is in harmony and in conflict with Austrians, Germans and New Zealanders alike His story mirrors the alien experience everywhere.
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    About "Maurice Gee"

    1. Maurice Gee

      One of New Zealand s most distinguished novelists, born in Whakatane, passed much of his childhood in the country town of Henderson now contained by Auckland s urban sprawl , and this background plays a major role in his fiction Again and again his plots are set in Henderson, usually under another name, or other small towns Even in the most recent, where Wellington and Auckland play a major part, it is their subdivisions Wadestown, Karori or present day Henderson which dominate.He completed BA and MA degrees at the University of Auckland, which subsequently recognised him with a Distinguished Alumni Award in 1998, and an honorary Doctor of Literature in 2004 He is currently married and has three children, one of whom is also a writer, Emily Gee He is an Honorary Associate of the New Zealand Association of Rationalists and Humanists.

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    1. Maurice Gee is a wonderful writer He is so good he can write great books for children, not just for grown ups Live Bodies is one of his books for adults.Gee s books all have a kind of an undertow to them There is a surface life that is described to you, for you to make your own judgements from But you know that under the surface the book is seething with darkness, repression, danger, angerSkillfully, he draws the picture for the reader, telling you not to look, not to pick up the cover, not to o [...]


    2. This very short novel was well written but it lacked any real plot There were many different threads that popped up that could have been explored much I feel This felt like a story churned out in between better works.


    3. There is a lot in this book of interest not least the immigrant becoming interned alien and coping with a new life in a distant country The weakness of the novel is just this lot Too much material, with a loss of focus to go with it Ideas are sparked and then somehow fizzle out The story is disjointed by forward and backward time shifts, again without any apparent clear purpose.I m not condemning the novel completely it was readable, if not greatly edifying , but it was quirky in a haphazard way [...]


    4. Only just gets 3 stars.This is purely literary fiction As such, there is essentially no plot The characters are the only thing driving the story.The synopsis on the back cover is a pretty accurate description of the book itself It is a first person account of the main character Josef in his old age recalling his life We learn about his internment on Somme s Island in the Wellington harbour during the second World War, as well as his early life in Austria, his acclimatising to New Zealand culture [...]


    5. When I am a little drunk, and that is as drunk as I ever get, I lose my resentment and my fear and all knowledge of a social existence and know my being as molecular, like this wine in the glass, French wine, Swedish glass, or like the good cloth of my trousers that once was wool on the back of a Southland sheep, and grass before that, minerals in the soil, rain sucked from an ocean on the other side of the world You see where I am heading It is enormously comforting to make the journey into the [...]


    6. Description An Austrian Jew in a 1940s antipodean and colonial society, Josef Mandl is in harmony and in conflict with Austrians, Germans and New Zealanders alike His story mirrors the alien experience everywhere.For EmilyOpening When I am a little drunk, and that is as drunk as I ever get, I lose my resentment and my fear and all knowledge of a social existence and know my being as molecular, like this wine in the glass, French wine, Swedish glass, or like the good cloth of my trousers that onc [...]


    7. it was a beautifully told portrait of a life, what Gee does best Also, I read a library copy of this book, and fascinatingly, it had a puzzle hidden within the pages a set of clues around the city.



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