Living in the Maniototo
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Living in the Maniototo

By (author) Janet Frame

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We follow Mavid through two marriages and watch her bury two husbands. Above all, we are privy to the attendant avoidances, interruptions, and irrelevancies that are part of her attempt to complete a novel. It's a process that is painful, joyful, rueful, and profound. Through it all, Violet-Alice-Mavis chooses to be the entertainer, to make us laugh and cry, to be the ventriloquist who dares to enter the speech of others and expose them.

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  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 132.08 x 205.74 x 20.32mm | 294.83g
  • 17 May 1980
  • George Braziller Inc.
  • New York, NY
  • English
  • 2nd
  • 0807609587
  • 9780807609583
  • 766,908

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Frame's novel is remarkable--full of word plays, cameo portraits and deliberate mystery. "

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Welcome to the comical, ironical, and multiple worlds of one Violet Pansy Proudlock (a ventriloquist), who is also known as Alice Thumb (a gossip and secret sharer of limited imaginings) and, at other times, as Mavis Furness Barnwell Halleton (a writer twice married). Through it all, Violet-Alice-Mavis chooses to be the entertainer, to make us laugh and cry, to be the ventriloquist who dares to enter the speech of others and expose them.

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