So the day promised fair, and the sea lay like a quilt with the waves tucked under, and the trees wavering like leafless water, cut to fit from a transparent block of blue air and frost.
Owls Do Cry tells the story of the Withers family: Francie, who is twelve and about to start work at the woollen mills, hard drudgery sweetened with the thrill of riding a bike to work; Toby, who would rather play at the dump than go to school, where the dark velvet cloak of epilepsy often wraps itself around him; Chicks, the youngest; and Daphne, whose rich poetic way of seeing the world leads to a heartbreaking life in institutions.
Janet Frame writes of hardship, poverty and tragedy with beauty and a deep sensitivity. Owls Do Cry is a poetic masterpiece.
About the Author
Janet Frame is one of New Zealand's greatest writers. Born in Dunedin in 1924, she published twenty-one books in her lifetime and several posthumously. Her autobiographical work An Angel at My Table was made into a film by Jane Campion in 1990. Janet Frame died in 2004.
'Owls Do Cry glows with the inner light of (Frame's) human awareness-a cool flame that neither cauterises nor heals but in some mystic ways purifies, substituting an essential beauty for superficial pain and squalor.' Sunday Herald Tribune 'When I first read it at 14, the same age as Daphne is in the novel...her dark eloquent song captured my heart.' Jane Campion 'Owls Do Cry is a devastating reflection on the character of conventional society and the dangers that await those who reject its narrowness...It is also a vivid social document, capturing the language and texture of the postwar period. It is a heartbreaking evocation of childhood and a child's vision of the world; and not least, it is a work of considerable lyrical beauty.' Irish Times 'The first great New Zealand novel and a modernist masterpiece...Owls Do Cry remains innovative and relevant. Frame's idiosyncratic and startlingly visual style means that the book's immense power to unnerve, astonish and impress endures.' Guardian
Series: Text Classics
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 28th May 2014
Publisher: Text Publishing Co
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 20.0 x 12.9 x 2.0
Weight (kg): 20.0