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Title:
Owls Do Cry
Written by:
Janet Frame 
Read by:
Heather Bolton 
Format:
Unabridged CD Audio Book 
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Duration:
8 hours 56 minutes 
Published:
February 01 2008 
Available Date:
February 01 2008 
Age Category:
Adult 
ISBN:
9781742013336 
Genres:
Fiction; Classics; Literary Fiction 
Publisher:
Bolinda audio 
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Bestseller

Winner AudioFile Earphones Award 2008
Winner New Zealand Literary Fund Award for Achievement 1958

One of the classics of New Zealand literature.

Owls Do Cry is Janet Frame's first novel. She describes her idea behind it in the second volume of her autobiography: 'Pictures of great treasure in the midst of sadness and waste haunted me and I began to think, in fiction, of a childhood, home life, hospital life, using people known to me as a base for main characters, and inventing minor characters.' Regarded by many as one of the best New Zealand novels published, Owls Do Cry forms a loose trilogy with her two subsequent novels, Faces in the Water and The Edge of the Alphabet.

"Janet Frame is one of New Zealand's literary treasures, and her first novel, Owls Do Cry, published in 1957, is considered a masterpiece. Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the novel chronicles the harrowing experiences of 14-year-old Daphne, diagnosed schizophrenic and confined to a mental institution. Much of Daphne's story unfolds in stream-of-consciousness ramblings, the hallucinatory, lyrical poetry that marks the music of madness. Heather Bolton's voice is soft and intriguing, a voice clearly from another world. When Daphne sings her poetry, Bolton's wispy, compelling school-girl soprano confirms that this book is a perfect fit for audio. Voices from the outside world come mainly from Daphne's sister, Teresa's, detailed diaries. Bolton handles the more grounded prose with ease, while making Daphne's surreal interior monologues strange, beautiful, and haunting"
AudioFile Magazine

"Janet Frame is one of the most poignant and moving of writers."
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