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Book Title: Scented Gardens for the Blind|
The author of the book: Janet Frame
Edition: The Women's Press
Date of issue: 1986
Format files: PDF
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ISBN 13: 9780704338999
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New Zealand author Janet Frame a gift for psychological analogy. In Scented Gardens for the Blind, Erlene lives silently inside her mind, communicating only with imaginary Uncle Black Beetle. Her parents believe that she can and must be cured of her muteness, and that once she is cured, she will make a statement crucial to humankind. The novel twists in the last chapter to reveal another surprising world where Vera struggles to make the first statement, and only through the fracturing of silence by her new language can she escape her prison.
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Read information about the authorThe fate befalling the young woman who wanted "to be a poet" has been well documented. Desperately unhappy because of family tragedies and finding herself trapped in the wrong vocation (as a schoolteacher) her only escape appeared to be in submission to society's judgement of her as abnormal. She spent four and a half years out of eight years, incarcerated in mental hospitals. The story of her almost miraculous survival of the horrors and brutalising treatment in unenlightened institutions has become well known. She continued to write throughout her troubled years, and her first book (The Lagoon and Other Stories) won a prestigious literary prize, thus convincing her doctors not to carry out a planned lobotomy.
She returned to society, but not the one which had labelled her a misfit. She sought the support and company of fellow writers and set out single-mindedly and courageously to achieve her goal of being a writer. She wrote her first novel (Owls Do Cry) while staying with her mentor Frank Sargeson, and then left New Zealand, not to return for seven years.
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