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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 vis mere 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) vis mindre

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Værker af Maurice Gee

Salt (2007) 245 eksemplarer
Under the Mountain (1979) 206 eksemplarer
The Halfmen of O (1982) 176 eksemplarer
Plumb (1978) 138 eksemplarer
In My Father's Den (1972) 113 eksemplarer
Gool (2008) 105 eksemplarer
Blindsight (2005) 102 eksemplarer
The Priests of Ferris (1984) 100 eksemplarer
Going West (1992) 79 eksemplarer
Motherstone (1985) 73 eksemplarer
The Fat Man (1994) 72 eksemplarer
The Fire Raiser (1986) 71 eksemplarer
Live Bodies (1998) 69 eksemplarer
The World Around the Corner (1980) 51 eksemplarer
Meg (1814) 49 eksemplarer
Ellie and the Shadow Man (2001) 49 eksemplarer
The Champion (1989) 46 eksemplarer
Crime Story (1994) 45 eksemplarer
The Scornful Moon (2003) 43 eksemplarer
Access road (2009) 42 eksemplarer
Sole Survivor (1983) 34 eksemplarer
Loving Ways (1996) 26 eksemplarer
The Severed Land (2017) 25 eksemplarer
The Burning Boy (1990) 24 eksemplarer
Prowlers (1987) 21 eksemplarer
Hostel Girl (1999) 16 eksemplarer
Orchard Street (1998) 12 eksemplarer
Games of Choice (1976) 12 eksemplarer
A Glorious Morning, Comrade (1975) 6 eksemplarer
The Big Season (1964) 6 eksemplarer
Memory pieces (2019) 6 eksemplarer
A special flower (1965) 5 eksemplarer
Maurice Gee Mix 'n' Match (1996) 3 eksemplarer
BWB texts : writers' lives (2014) 2 eksemplarer
BWB texts : set one (2014) 2 eksemplarer
Waterfront 1 eksemplar
Le sel, tome 1 (2012) 1 eksemplar

Associated Works

Some Other Country: New Zealand's Best Short Stories (1984) — Bidragyder — 72 eksemplarer
The Dick Francis Complete Treasury of Great Racing Stories (1989) — Bidragyder — 34 eksemplarer
The Picador Book of Contemporary New Zealand Fiction (1996) — Bidragyder — 32 eksemplarer
The New Treasury of Great Racing Stories (1992) — Bidragyder — 17 eksemplarer
Auckland : The city in literature (2003) — Bidragyder; Bidragyder — 10 eksemplarer
New Zealand Love Stories: An Oxford Anthology (2000) — Bidragyder — 7 eksemplarer
The Penguin Book of New Zealand War Writing (2015) — Bidragyder — 4 eksemplarer

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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.… (mere)
 
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Mihiterina | 1 anden anmeldelse | Dec 28, 2023 |
I had vague recollections of reading but not finishing this as a kid, and 30 years later a few certain details stuck with me, so I decided to finally finish it.

With adult eyes it was nice to recognise the New Zealand setting, and even when we moved to the fantasy world, there was such a focus on the details of landscape that I really felt a sense of recognition. Most of the time in fantasy, landscapes are described in a grand sweeping way, with a lack of attention to detail which leaves them quite abstract. Maurice Gee describes scree, gullies and pathways in such an intimate way that resonates with me as someone who has explored the New Zealand wilderness and experienced similar settings personally.

The bad guys are pretty one-dimensional edgy evil dudes, complete with black leather and everything, but that's presumably part of the point since the entire premise of the novel hinges on every human in the world having been split into either entirely good or entirely evil, which is what our heroes have to fix. This does raise a few philosophical questions that might not be obvious to a child - the evil humans almost entirely wiped out the good ones, because the good ones are incapable of violence. At one point the last remaining Good human has to siphon some "evil" power from Susan so that she can kill the pursuing bad guys. It makes the point that some evil is a requirement to any fully functional human, since killing or violence is always evil even if you are doing it in defence of yourself or others. Then there is the meat eating vs vegetarian theme - it's not super in-your-face but killing animals, even to survive, could be considered evil. It's part of Jimmy Jaspers dual - perhaps more-evil-than-good - character.

We also see a single child in the evil land - which raises the question - can a child really be evil?

Susan demonstrates a believable emotional response to her situation, one that is not often portrayed in fantasy fiction - the chosen hero feeling isolated and overwhelmed by the task given her. I did get a little pissy at her for abandoning her companions over the darklands - they could easily have died while she floated off.

The bird people and the underground people were one of the ideas I'd remembered all these years, and I enjoyed the bird people culture. Would have loved to experience more of the undergrounders, however the effect of the darkness stayed with me for thirty years so I can't fault the episode too much.

It was a bit weird at the end that they never bothered to turn off the pollution machine themselves - the device that threatened to destroy both our world and the world of O. Instead they trusted the surviving humans to choose their own way. I guess that's very noble of our heroes, but personally I wouldn't take the risk!!

Great read, and finishing it gave me some long-delayed satisfaction.
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weemanda | 2 andre anmeldelser | Dec 21, 2023 |
A very tense, interesting story. I had no expectations, just a note on NZ authors to read eventually. Quite pleased with this exploration of personalities.
 
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Kiramke | 5 andre anmeldelser | Nov 15, 2023 |
This book reminds me a bit of Ursula LeGuin's books, in that there is a distance between the reader and the characters. The story is captivating and the world is created so completely that I feel like I've been there. Most of the time, if characters seem too difficult to relate to or understand I think it's a bad thing; but with LeGuin's books and this one, the way the story is told makes it okay that the characters are a little remote. It's as though the world that they are in and it's problems and mysteries are much bigger than the characters themselves, and that is the real focus of the story.… (mere)
 
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kamlibrarian | 25 andre anmeldelser | Dec 23, 2022 |

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