The Copper Garden: New Zealand Novels

$275.00

Luke Strongman
Independent Researcher, MRSNZ, Lower Hutt, New Zealand

Series: Fine Arts, Music and Literature
BISAC: LIT004070

The Copper Garden: New Zealand Novels is a book of literary criticism and review about Aotearoa New Zealand fiction over the past one hundred fifty years. It focuses on those novels that have received attention – either with awards, prizes, or critique – and have been read to signify or perhaps even “embody” certain aspects of New Zealand character; these aspects include place, circumstance, manner, atmosphere, style, or literary historical relevance.

The Copper Garden: New Zealand Novels presents sixty-five vignettes of renowned or critically relevant novels, with the intention of introducing to the reader some of the thematical complexities and undercurrents of the authors’ works. The approach to the New Zealand novels is chronological, spanning the period of the late nineteenth to the early the twenty-first century. Through his analysis, Luke Strongman hopes to further the critical understanding and development of the Aotearoa New Zealand novel as an art form.

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Introduction

Chapter 1. Samuel Butler’s <i>Erewhon</i> – 1872

Chapter 2. Julius Vogel’s <i>Anno Domini 2000 or Woman’s Destiny</i> – 1889

Chapter 3. William Satchell’s <i>The Greenstone Door</i> – 1914

Chapter 4. Jane Mander’s <i>The Story of a New Zealand River</i> – 1920

Chapter 5. Robin Hyde’s <i>The Godwits Fly</i> – 1937

Chapter 6. John Mulgan’s <i>Man Alone</i> – 1939

Chapter 7. Ngaio Marsh’s <i>Died in the Wool</i> – 1945

Chapter 8. Ian Cross’s <i>The God Boy</i> – 1958

Chapter 9. Barry Crump’s <i>Hang on a Minute Mate</i> – 1961

Chapter 10. Bill Pearson’s <i>Coal Flat</i> – 1963

Chapter 11. Ronald Hugh Morrieson’s <i>Came a Hot Friday</i> – 1964

Chapter 12. David Ballantyne’s S<i>ydney Bridge Upside Down</i> — 1968

Chapter 13. Colin Gibson’s <i>The Pepper Leaf</i> – 1971

Chapter 14. Maurice Shadbolt’s <i>Strangers and Journeys</i> – 1972

Chapter 15. Ian Wedde’s <i>Dick Seddon’s Great Dive</i> – 1976

Chapter 16. M. K. Joseph’s <i>The Time of Achamoth</i> – 1978

Chapter 17. Maurice Gee’s <i>Plumb</i> – 1978

Chapter 18. Albert’s Wendt’s <i>Leaves of the Banyan Tree</i> – 1979

Chapter 19. Craig Harrison’s <i>The Quiet Earth</i> – 1982

Chapter 20. Sue McCauley’s <i>Other Halves</i> – 1982

Chapter 21. Peter Hooper’s <i>People of the Long Water</i> – 1985

Chapter 22. Janet Frame’s <i>The Envoy from Mirror City</i> – 1985

Chapter 23. Keri Hulme’s <i>The Bone People</i> – 1985

Chapter 24. Maurice Shadbolt’s <i>Season of the Jew</i> – 1986

Chapter 25. Fiona Kidman’s <i>The Book of Secrets</i> – 1987

Chapter 26. Patricia Grace’s <i>Potiki</i> – 1987

Chapter 27. Michael Jackson’s <i>Rainshadow</i> — 1988

Chapter 28. Gregory O’Brien’s <i>Diesel Mystic</i> – 1989

Chapter 29. John Cranna’s <i>Visitors</i> – 1990

Chapter 30. Peter Wells’s <i>Dangerous Desires</i> – 1991

Chapter 31. Barbara Anderson’s <i>Portrait of the Artist’s Wife</i> – 1992

Chapter 32. Fiona Farrell’s <i>The Skinny Louis Book</i> – 1992

Chapter 33. Graham Billington’s <i>The Chambered Nautilus</i> — 1993

Chapter 34. Damien Wilkins’s <i>The Miserables</i> – 1993

Chapter 35. Witi Ihimaera’s <i>Bulibasha</i> – 1994

Chapter 36. Kirsty Gunn’s <i>Rain</i> – 1994

Chapter 37. Jane Campion’s <i>The Piano</i> – 1994

Chapter 38. C. K. Stead’s <i>The Singing Whakapapa</i> – 1994

Chapter 39. Alan Duff’s <i>What Becomes of the Broken Hearted</i> – 1996

Chapter 40. Elizabeth Knox’s <i>The Vintner’s Luck</i> – 1998

Chapter 41. Maurice Gee’s <i>Live Bodies</i> — 1998

Chapter 42. Kapka Kassabova’s <i>Reconnaissance</i> — 1999

Chapter 43. Natasha Templeton’s <i>Winter in the Summer Garden</i> – 1999

Chapter 44. Sara Quigley’s <i>After Robert</i> – 1999

Chapter 45. Owen Marshall’s <i>Harlequin Rex</i> — 1999

Chapter 46. Catherine Chidgey’s <i>Golden Deeds</i> — 2000

Chapter 47. Vincent O’Sullivan’s <i>Let the River Stand</i> – 2001

Chapter 48. Charlotte Randall’s <i>The Curative</i> – 2001

Chapter 49. Lloyd Jones’s <i>The Book of Fame</i> – 2001

Chapter 50. Craig Marriner’s <i>Stonedogs</i> – 2001

Chapter 51. Stephanie Johnson’s <i>The Shag Incident</i> – 2002

Chapter 52. Annamarie Jagose’s <i>Slow Water</i> – 2003

Chapter 53. James George’s <i>Hummingbird</i> – 2004

Chapter 54. Chris Else’s <i>On River Road</i> — 2004

Chapter 55. Maurice Gee’s <i>Blindsight</i> — 2005

Chapter 56. Tim Corballis’s <i>The Fossil Pits</i> – 2005

Chapter 57. Emily Perkins’s <i>Novel about My Wife</i> – 2008

Chapter 58. Charlotte Grimshaw’s <i>Opportunity</i> – 2008

Chapter 59. Alison Wong’s <i>As the Earth Turns Silver</i> – 2010

Chapter 60. Laurence Fearnley’s <i>The Hut Builder</i> – 2010

Chapter 61. Patrick Evans’s <i>Gifted</i> – 2011

Chapter 62. Paula Morris’s <i>Rangatira</i> – 2011

Chapter 63. Hamish Clayton’s <i>Wulf</i> — 2011

Chapter 64. Eleanor Catton’s <i>The Luminaries</i> – 2013

Chapter 65. Anna Smaill’s <i>The Chimes</i> — 2015

Conclusion

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