From early childhood in postwar Blenheim to the remote regions of Bangladesh, from an English boarding school to 1960s Auckland, and from Jordan during the civil war of 1969a70 to family homes full of children, this dazzling book traces the many shifts in Ian Wedde's life. Haunted by the ghosts of his restless German and Scottish great grandparents, and of his wandering parents, Wedde is always looking over his shoulder as he writes. His companion throughout is his twin brother Dave, who shared their first homeatheir mother Linda's wombaand who, as the book ends, hosts a lunch where the brothers raise their glasses to the transit lounges of their lives. Affectionate, funny, sad, analytical, but above all honest, The Grass Catcher is at once a moving personal memoir and an engaging and reflective essay on the nature of memory.I began to realign my impression of all this as Lindaa#39;s imaginative refuge, the sign of her discontent. ... mowers with wire and canvas grass catchers of my childhood , but the smell of hot mown grass that came in the car window was the same.
|Title||:||The Grass Catcher|
|Publisher||:||Victoria University Press - 2015-01-01|