Relying on previously examined documents, including Frame's diaries and health records, King reveals the formative episodes of her life. Insightful, sometimes shocking, and always unforgettable, Wrestling with the Angel is a remarkable account of a writer who has been pushed to the limit by life and has pushed back, using the powers of her imagination to create extraordinaRelying on previously examined documents, including Frame's diaries and health records, King reveals the formative episodes of her life. Insightful, sometimes shocking, and always unforgettable, Wrestling with the Angel is a remarkable account of a writer who has been pushed to the limit by life and has pushed back, using the powers of her imagination to create extraordinary work....
|Title||:||Wrestling with the Angel: A Life of Janet Frame|
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Wrestling with the Angel: A Life of Janet Frame Reviews
This book started me reading Janet Frame. I have to confess that I had only before read Owls Do Cry, and that was at high school, yet Frame is one of NZ's greatest! I knew of Michael King's reputation and so I recommended this book to the Book Discussion group I was in - not realising how terribly lengthy it was! When I then borrowed it from the library I got quite a shock. Nevertheless, I read it cover to cover, as did most of the group, and though they all commented on the length, they all enjoyed it very much.My comment recorded at the time was:I recommended this book on the basis of the clipping I had, knowing that I was interested in Janet Frame, and respected Michael King's work. Unfortunately, the 3 of us RSs all agreed that King went into too much detail. Aside from that, I'm now inspired to read her work thoroughly.
awesome - a lengthy read but well worth it to dispel inaccurate facts about Janet Frame
Absolutely brilliant account of the life of Janet Frame, one of my all time favourite reads.
A noted New Zealand historian and writer, King debunks the bogie that followed Frame throughout her life, that she was insane. She was diagnosed as schizophrenic by institutional doctors who interpreted her imagination as evidence of hallucinations. She was a gifted and unusually introverted child who "helped" the doctors by feeding them what they wanted to hear. In England she found physicians who quickly disputed the diagnosis. From then on she managed what few writers, notably single women writers, could do, which is live on her writing career. She won major awards, was nominated for the Nobel Prize, and learned to live with her fragile psychology by accepting herself as very different from almost everyone. Her unique view of the world and fierce intelligence ground her writing.She was still alive when he ended the book (did she object and stop it?), which means it tends to evade hints of interesting issues, such as her treatment of others. Everyone seems to be helping her, and her letters display a narcissism expected of such a rare bird. Why would a gay artist couple be so generous with their money and gifts? Relations with her family are complicated and not always clear. Another problem is King's belief everyone in contact with her deserves mention. Thus when she goes to a town, the names of those at a restaurant meal get listed. Every brief stop by to a friend gets a sentence. The result is tedious at places, and I learned eventually to push ahead. In this regard sections of the book read like research notes rather than shaped narrative.Still, it's what we have a this point and well worth dipping into for followers of Frame.
Painstaking attention to important but often overlooked details in this account of the writer's life focusing on her struggle to write in between episodes of mental illness. King does a good job of writing realistically about the illness without dramatizing it. Frame doesn't get lost in it as can sometimes happen when the lives of people with severe mental health issues are in biographies.
This book has special significance for me as I worked in a psychiatric hospital from the mid-70's and could relate to Ms Frames experience. Something interesting regarding the author and Ms Frame. Both died within days of each other.
Like all books by Michael King it is impeccably researched. We are so fortunate to have this biography of the Author Janet Frame written by an equally excellent, though different, Author. And especially so as they both died quite soon afterwards. A huge double loss to NZ's literary scene.
Covers much of the material in JF's autobiography plus a bit extra. Worth reading