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Maurice Gee

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Maurice Gee of New Zealand is a novelist and author of children's books. Gee's first book, The Big Season, was published in 1962. He has since produced nearly two dozens novels and collections of short stories and his work has appeared in such publications as Arena, Mate, Landfall, Islands, and näytä lisää Listener. Gee received the New Zealand Book Award in fiction in 1979 for Plumb, in 1982 for Meg, and in 1991 for The Burning Boy. Going West won the Goodman Fielder Wattie Book Award in 1993. In 1995 The Fat Man won the AIM Children's Book Award for Junior Fiction, as well as The Esther Glen Award, given for the most distinguished contribution to New Zealand literature for children and young adults. He had previously received The Esther Glen Award in 1983 for Motherstone. (Bowker Author Biography) näytä vähemmän

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Tekijän teokset

Salt (2007) 243 kappaletta, 25 arvostelua
Under the Mountain (1979) 212 kappaletta, 5 arvostelua
The Halfmen of O (1982) 178 kappaletta, 3 arvostelua
Plumb (1978) 141 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
In My Father's Den (1972) 115 kappaletta, 3 arvostelua
Gool (2008) 106 kappaletta, 15 arvostelua
Blindsight (2005) 105 kappaletta, 6 arvostelua
The Priests of Ferris (1984) 102 kappaletta
Going West (1992) 79 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Motherstone (1985) 74 kappaletta
The Fire Raiser (1986) 73 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
The Fat Man (1994) 72 kappaletta, 3 arvostelua
Live Bodies (1998) 72 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
The Limping Man: The Salt Trilogy Book 3 (2011) 71 kappaletta, 13 arvostelua
The World Around the Corner (1980) 51 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Meg (1981) 51 kappaletta, 3 arvostelua
Ellie and the Shadow Man (2001) 50 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
The Champion (1989) 47 kappaletta
Crime Story (1994) 45 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
The Scornful Moon (2003) 44 kappaletta
Access road (2009) 44 kappaletta, 6 arvostelua
Sole Survivor (1983) 34 kappaletta
The Plumb Trilogy: Plumb / Meg / Sole Survivor (1978) 33 kappaletta, 2 arvostelua
Loving Ways (1996) 27 kappaletta, 2 arvostelua
The Severed Land (2017) 26 kappaletta, 2 arvostelua
The Burning Boy (1990) 24 kappaletta
Prowlers (1987) 21 kappaletta
Hostel Girl (1999) 17 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Orchard Street (1998) 12 kappaletta
Games of Choice (1976) 12 kappaletta
A Glorious Morning, Comrade (1975) 6 kappaletta
The Big Season (1964) 6 kappaletta
Memory pieces (2019) 6 kappaletta
A special flower (1965) 5 kappaletta
Maurice Gee Mix 'n' Match (1996) 3 kappaletta
BWB texts : writers' lives (2014) 2 kappaletta
BWB texts : set one (2014) 2 kappaletta
Waterfront 1 kappale
Le sel, tome 1 (2012) 1 kappale

Associated Works

Some Other Country: New Zealand's Best Short Stories (1984) — Avustaja — 72 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
The Dick Francis Complete Treasury of Great Racing Stories (1991) — Avustaja — 34 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
The Picador Book of Contemporary New Zealand Fiction (1996) — Avustaja — 32 kappaletta
The New Treasury of Great Racing Stories (1991) — Avustaja — 18 kappaletta
Auckland : The city in literature (2003) — Avustaja; Avustaja — 10 kappaletta
New Zealand Love Stories: An Oxford Anthology (2000) — Avustaja — 7 kappaletta
The Penguin Book of New Zealand War Writing (2015) — Avustaja — 4 kappaletta

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A great read that tells the story of 3 siblings, Alan, May and David brought up by their father Robert Macpherson, a hard authoritarian father who views these children and their different mothers as nothing more than chattels. The children along with their respective mothers come into and leave the lives they led with Robert Macpherson as damaged people. The reader learns of their brutal upbringing and the trauma that stays with them throughout their lives. This trauma and the consequences of it come together with disastrous impact when as adults they come together as their aged father lies on his deathbed. The character of Robert Macpherson resonated with me as a reader and one cannot but help feel that Gee may have had experienced or researched well the effects of strict authoritarian parenting.… (lisätietoja)
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rata | 1 muu arvostelu | Jun 15, 2024 |
I first read this as a college student (Form 5 /6 -1974 Taihape College) as it was part of our literature studies which focused on NZ authors. As students, we read a lot of Maurice Gee and I remember that I struggled to build up mental images from the text to assist comprehension of storyline. I could not determine if the father or brother was the perpetrator of the affair with the young girl, who our teacher described as somewhat promiscuous. All I remember from that time (1974) was that it started with a lie, ended with a lie and learnt the sayings “Truth will out” “Sins of the father are those of the son”. I also learnt words such as pious, sanctimonious, promiscuous, puritanical, immoral so in a sense our literature studies served the purpose of learning language although at that time I really had no idea what this meant apart from ‘To thy self be true”.
So when this story was recently televised (2024) it evoked memories of my English Studies and a favourite teacher, Mr Ivan Lawson who instilled in his students a love of reading (I got the bug). I thought I would watch it on stream feed to make sense of it as I cannot find a copy of the book.
Surprisingly, as an adult, it was much easier to digest I found that I had a better understanding of the storyline and characters. I felt the film filled in my lost understanding of the storyline, although different in some aspects of who and where events took, place I understood the dysfunctional life that the main protagonist, Paul Prior lived. It became clear that the father was not all he seemed (sanctimonious) and was somewhat depraved and that the den was a hideaway for his depravity.
The story is about Paul Prior who returns home to help his brother Andrew sort out his late father’s affairs. Paul, a well-known war photographer, has no intention of hanging around too long as he is haunted by his past and the knowledge of what happened in his father’s den.
As a young boy discovers his father’s den (a gardener’s equipment shed at the back of the large home with rambling gardens and orchard) and views it as a wondrous world of books and the universe. His father, Jeff shares this wonderful hideaway, with his son Paul on the condition he does not tell anyone else.
The father, Jeff, constantly seeks solace in his den, away from his puritanical wife, Iris; here he can fuel his love of literature and freethinking.
As teenagers, Paul and local girl Jackie (somewhat more adventurous than Paul) are schoolyard sweethearts. Going to the house to see Paul, Jackie is invited into the den by Jeff, it is here that intimate touching and eventually a sexual affair takes place. Ultimately, this illicit affair is witnessed by Paul and exposed. Grief-stricken and betrayed, Iris (wife & mother) commits suicide, while Paul, ignoring the pleas of Andrew, leaves the family home at the age of 17.
The story is an entanglement of lies and deceit, which become known as Paul reluctantly, prolongs his stay to sort out the sale of the family property and orchard.
Persuaded by his ex-teacher, Paul accepts a temporary teaching position at his old high school. He forges an unlikely friendship a student, Celia, they intrinsically connect; Celia is a troubled teen who loves writing and dreams of travelling. Celia is the daughter of Paul's former girlfriend Jackie. Paul begins to believe that Celia maybe his daughter, and becomes a father figure with Celia seeking solace at Paul’s, where she is also introduced to the wondrous literary den.
This relationship, between teacher & student, eventually comes under scrutiny, Jackie forbids Paul from having contact with her daughter, while Andrew voices judgmental concerns to his brother. Despite this, Celia continues to visit and Paul encourages her in her ambitions as a writer.
Celia goes missing and due to their close friendship, Paul becomes the prime suspect and endures the hostility and suspicions of the town including family. However, all comes to light through parallel storylines.
After viewing illicit photos of Celia on Andrew’s office desk and knowledge of Jeff’s will, Andrew’s jealous wife, an enraged Penny accidentally killed Celia. She believes that her husband Andrew was having an affair with Celia and when Celia visits the house looking for Jonathon an incensed Penny fights with Celia who falls and smashes her head. Andrew returns home to discover the tragedy and covers up to protect his distraught wife by dumping Celia’s body.
Paul confronts his brother Andrew for confiscating the camera that he gave to his nephew, Jonathon (Andrew’s son). Paul learns from the confrontation that Celia infatuated Jonathon as Andrew produces illicit photos of Celia taken by Jonathon. It is revealed that Andrew invited Celia, to the house to preview his late fathers will in which Jeff had left a third of the estate to Celia this reveals that Celia is the biological daughter of Jeff through the illicit affair with Jackie. The brothers angrily discuss the past transgressions of their father. ‘The sins of the father are those of the son’ and Paul believes that Andrew may have been responsible for the missing Celia. Jonathon, behind closed doors, witnesses this confrontation, irate and wanting justice for his missing love, he rings the police to also believing that his father killed Celia.
To protect his family Andrew takes eh blame and is arrested while his brother Paul tries to erase the past. He razes the den and reconciles his friendship with Jackie where they seek solace in each over the loss of Celia.
… (lisätietoja)
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rata | 2 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Apr 11, 2024 |
Part 2 of Trilogy - An ambitious young woman, Meg Plumb, struggles to lead her own life and searches for her own identity in the shadow of her extraordinary Plumb family. In book 1 – ‘Plumb’ the reader is introduced to the intolerant, irritable Presbyterian clergyman George Plumb, a memorable character with an unyielding and stern personality and a strong belief in his own principles, he is half saint, half monster, and destructive in his utter self-absorption of his pacifist and rationalist opinion. His beliefs lead to sacrifices made by both himself and his family, which develop to fractured relationships with his late wife, and their twelve children (Meg being one of them) long after he passes.
George’s youngest daughter, Meg, narrates this novel Meg. I found this hard reading - too poetic - too dozy, Meg got on my nerves, as she was too whimsical, submissive, and dreamy. However, I can relate to Meg, as a child - young woman, when you live this life you create a fantasy world to take yourself out of it. What I did like about the book was the insight that it gave the reader into the diversity / dysfunction of family life that is portrayed to the public as the good all round Christian family, but in reality there is a lot of damage that is done (if you become a victim to it). I could relate to this upbringing (authoritarian - judgmental - subservient), however it was not all bad, as an adult you have choices and can take the learning you choose from your upbringing and grow from it.
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rata | 2 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Apr 6, 2024 |
I found this hard reading - too poetic - too dozy, Meg the main character got on my nerves as she was too whimiscal, submissive, dreamy. However I can relate to Meg, as a child - young woman, when you live this life you create a fantasy world to take yourself out of it. What I did like about the book was the insight that it gave the reader into the diversity / dysfunction of family life that is portrayed to the public as the good all round Christian family,but in reality there is a lot of damage that is done (if you become a victim to it). I could relate to this upbringing (authoritarion - judgemental - subservient), however it was not all bad, as an adult I have been able to take the learning that I choose and grow from it.… (lisätietoja)
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Mihiterina | 2 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Dec 28, 2023 |



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