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The Dreaming Land

By Martin Edmond

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Format: Paperback, 164 pages
Published In: New Zealand, 05 October 2015
So here I am walking again an old path made new by the very fact that I am upon it once more, accompanied by familiar hordes: the fecund majority of the dead, the myriad of the living in all of their many forms, defunct, mutant, revenant or otherwise, traversing memory's infinite field.In the evocative prose that makes him one of our finest writers, Martin Edmond recalls his experiences of growing up in rural New Zealand in the 1950s and 60s. The son of schoolteachers, Edmond's early life was shaped by his father's developing career and the moves it dictated: from Ohakune, to Greytown, to Huntly, to Heretaunga.The Dreaming Land shows us the making of a thinker and a writer. Edmond documents the people, locations, and events that made a lasting impression on him, and maps the development of his mental landscape - a landscape marked by curiosity, empathy and the capacity for acute observation.It is a book that is at once personal and universal, charting formative moments yet filled with details that resonate more broadly. The Dreaming Land pushes at the boundaries of what can be remembered to create a narrative which absorbs, illuminates and enchants.

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Martin Edmond was born in Ohakune and grew up in small North Island towns. After university study, and a stint touring internationally with Red Mole theatre, he moved to Sydney, where he lives and writes. In 2013 he received the Prime Minister's Award for Literary Achievement in Non-Fiction.

EAN: 9780908321490
ISBN: 090832149X
Publisher: Bridget Williams Books
Dimensions: 24 x 17 centimetres (0.19 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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The only reason I purchased this book was for its Greytown content to give to my husband. Although the author is a very good wordsmith I found this book rather self indulgent on his part.. I also thought his description of a couple of people from his childhood was borderline and could impact, negatively, on the people if still alive [high chance] or their descendants.He also got names wrong and families mixed up. Would I recommend it 'No.' Would I bother lending the book to anyone 'No'

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