On Coming Home

On Coming Home The Declamatory Return A Homeland As A Wearying Enigma This All Makes Sense To Me The New Zealand That S Home To Me May Be A Place Of Sheep And Rugby And Number Eight Wire, Whatever That Is, But It S Also None Of Those Things Am I Still A New Zealander Award Winning Writer Paula Morris Confronts Long Standing Fears Of What It Means To Return Home Is Ambition And Adventure Being Traded For A Forever Home Of Commitments And Compromises Will She Still Belong And Will The Belonging Impose Its Own Restrictions Morris Seeks Answers In The Words Of Writer Exiles As She Narrates Her Own Return To New Zealand Now A Settler Not A Visitor, She Questions Incisively The Very Idea Of Belonging.What Are BWB Texts BWB Texts Are Short Books On Big Subjects By Great New Zealand Writers. On Coming Home is Paula Morris s Ng ti Wai autobiographical exploration of what it means to be a Kiwi writer returning to Aotearoa after living and working overseas for many years She currently teaches creative writing at the University of Auckland As well as her own experience, she investigates famous literary exiles and the long tradition of New Zealand authors trying to decipher their literary selfhood in the face of the world, the Commonwealth, and particularly Mother Britain.Morris writes intelligently about being a child of two countries Growing up, I believed that I had two homes One was in Auckland, the place I was born and the place where we lived The other was the home my mother talked about England This struck a particular chord with me I also grew up in Auckland with an English mother who refused point blank to become a New Zealander Morris continues After I moved to England, in 1985, I realised possibly within the first half hour that I was not English, and never would be And yet there was an Englishness in many of my traits and tastes and habits, etched into me by my mother, and the books I d grown up reading, and much of the television we d watched Sometimes I felt cheated of the real New Zealand childhood we re all supposed to have had, involving sojourns in baches and eating pavlova, among other things One of the intere
On Coming Home is an elegantly written and deeply moving essay on returning home to New Zealand after almost thirty years abroad, by the award winning author of Rangitira and Queen of Beauty, Paula Morris.Morris sifts through time for examples of ex pat writers and what it meant to them and their work to return home, in order to guide or decode her own experience of coming home To return home is to be absorbed by the most understanding of folds, but to never quite be like them A dual sense of return and outcast Morris discusses the comments of Frank Sargeson, considered one of the forefathers of New Zealand literature, at length whether to be a true New Zealand writer, you must write in and about New Zealand 67 Back in the 1930s when it was common for the children of New Zealand s first European settlers to visit the motherland England , to write as a New Zealander about New Zealand life was new and exciting This defined New Zealand literature for the next fifty years But as we move into a time where boundaries of place and culture are blurred, through the ease of travel and technology, this notion is changing Just as Nigerian writer Ben Okri writes of France and Switzerland in The Age of Magic, so can New Zealanders write, with perception, of cities such as New Orleans, as Morris does in Queen of Beauty.My favourite thing about this book is the author
There is nothing better than reading a book that makes you rush for pen and paper, desperate to record your own thoughts and experiences On coming home covers both the being away and the coming back, the life spent travelling around the globe and also the search for that place that you call home.My daughter, currently aged 17 and of a mixed English and New Zealand heritage, will probably have similar mixed feeling about where to call home and, I hope, will also travel and experience the world in many different ways.Paula Morris has lived a worked in many countries, growing many friendships and taking with her many memories which she articulates beautifully in this short book Mixed with her own story come those of other writers who have been either exiled or expatriated to distant lands Always different stories, and different reactions on the need to retu
Thought provoking long essay or short book on the idea of returning home it seems aimed at writers who have lived offshore and do not necessarily write about their country of birth, but there is plenty in there for non writers Recommended for people like me, who struggle with the concept of home, who have a fluid sense of what and where home may be, and who are comfortable with shallow but strong roots I enjoyed the author s use of details about other writers e.g., James Joyce, Jean Rhys, Robe
Continuously impressed by these BWB essays

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  • Paperback
  • 96 pages
  • On Coming Home
  • Paula Morris
  • English
  • 01 June 2017
  • 9780908321117