[Reading] ➼ All Day at the Movies By Fiona Kidman – Diclofenac16.us

All Day at the Movies When War Widow Irene Sandle Goes To Work In New Zealand S Tobacco Fields In 1952, She Hopes To Start A New, Independent Life For Herself And Her Daughter But The Tragic Repercussions Of Her Decision Will Resonate Long After Irene Has Gone.Each Of Irene S Children Carries The Events Of Their Childhood Throughout Their Lives, Played Out Against A Backdrop Of Great Change New Opportunities Emerge For Women, But Social Problems Continue To Hold Many Back Headstrong Belinda Becomes A Successful Filmmaker, But Struggles To Deal With Her Own Family Drama As Her Younger Siblings Are Haunted By The Past.A Sweeping Saga Covering Half A Century, This Is A Powerful Exploration Of Family Ties And Heartbreaks, And Of Learning To Live With The Past

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    I love it when this happens I started reading All Day at the Movies last night at about nine o clock, fell asleep very late at night with the book over my nose, and didn t get out of bed this morning till I finished the book at about eleven It wasn t that the novel is a page turner it was that it was so utterly absorbing that I just didn t want to put it aside.Fiona Kidman DNZM OBE b 1940 is a prolific New Zealand novelist, poet, scriptwriter and short story author She s written novels than are listed at her Wikipedia page, because on the day I looked the list doesn t include The Infinite Air 2013, see my review or this latest novel, All Day at the Movies 2016 With the possible exception of The Captive Wife 2005, which I loved but have not reviewed on this blog I think it may be her best yet.Beginning in the brutally conservative 1950s, the novel is constructed as a chain of interconnected stories, tracing the fortunes and secrets of a New Zealand family Far from being the golden age so often associated with the postwar period, this era was a difficult one for women For Irene Sandle, widowed in the last year of the war, her only solace is the child born from Andrew s last leave, but she lost a satisfying job at the library because in the 1950s there was no such thing as maternity leave ...


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    Dame Fiona Kidman, what a national treasure this woman is She writes fiction novels and short stories, poetry, memoirs yes, than one, film scripts She has won numerous awards and fellowships for her writing, she has been involved in the publishing and advancement of all New Zealand writing and books A true heroine of New Zealand publishing, but importantly of telling the stories of women s lives in this country It seems to me that this latest book collectively takes all these past stories, including fragments from her own life story, seamlessly stitching them together into a moving, acutely observed chronicle of a family over a sixty year plus period There is history too in this novel, even if it is in the very recent past for many people in this country Those of us around who remember, and may or may not have taken part in protests of the 1981 Springbok tour will recall it as a pretty traumatic, divisive time, even though it was only for 56 days The tour has a prominent part to play in this book Not so prominent but of equal import in the story and plot making are a variety of other events that were crucial to the times, if not necessarily so to the characters For example, the 1951 Watersiders Strike, the death of Prime Minister Norman Kirk in 1974, the Ruth Richardson Mother of All Bu...


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    This is the first novel I have read by this NZ author And clearly I am in the minority but I did not enjoy it I found the characters very wooden and one dimensional and while the novel was attempting to deal with serious subjects it was done on such a superficial level The only reason I continued to read it is because it is my reading for my online book club this month I felt bored and disengaged and had to force myself to continue, but I put it down three ...


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    Story telling redeems otherwise wasted livesPostmodern novels tend to be about themselves, with little room left for the mimetic or what could pass for reflections of reality Without eschewing the metatextual, alluded to through the filmic narratives of the character Belinda Pawson, All Day at the Movies is about life in New Zealand in the past six decades or so, about idealism gone wrong in adverse circumstances, while story telling redeems otherwise wasted lives Defying accusations of the banal, this latest novel by Fiona Kidman proposes that anyone can achieve self realisation if perseverant, strong, and lucky enough to keep believing in themselves and be surrounded by good people Without being exclusively about women, this narrative about the human condition in one of the smallest yet one of the most contradictory countries of the developed world tackles the vicissitudes that the dis empowered all too often children and women have to face.Not two of Kidman s novels are the same While there...


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    Family saga set in NEW ZEALANDThe book opens with the story of Irene and her daughter, who move to the tobacco plantations in New Zealand in search of work Subsequent chapters follow her descendants over three generations their individual stories, relationships and where they end up in the world The book starts in 1952 and comes to its conclusion in 2015.Irene experiences a love affair but in the end sadly needs to take a pragmatic decision about her future life The unconscious family dynamics permeate the actions and desires of the next generations strength, fallibility, anger and disappointment.The author has many accolades to her name and is a truly gifted writer She explores the subtleties of human interaction and family with a deft and insightful hand Family ties can be wonderful, they can also be broken, and life itself intervenes with its characteristic capricious perversity.I was utterly drawn in by the writing style and the sketched characteris...


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    A disappointing family saga The characters are not particularly engaging and it weaves through NZ social history like it s ticking off boxes I wanted to like it but in the end just didn t care.


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    8th March is International Woman s Day, commemorating the movement for women s rights, equality between the genders and celebrating all the achievements of women around the world To celebrate this day, I d like to showcase a very much new to me author although incredibly prolific in her native New Zealand , Dame Fiona Kidman with her wonderful novel, All Day At The Movies which was brought to my attention by Gallic Press A huge thank you to them for opening my eyes to a talented writer I have only now had the good fortune to come across and for the copy they kindly sent me in exchange for an honest review I thoroughly enjoyed every sweeping moment of this narrative, packed full of drama, heart ache, testing times and indeed, triumphs of one particular family I loved how the author put so much heart into each character that she created and this only served to make me feel connected and invested in each of them individually as a reader.All Day At The Movies is an epic family tale spanning about sixty years focusing on a few members of a family down the generations At first, we meet a determined mother, Irene Sandle who tragically, has become widowed with a young ...


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    I received a proof copy of this book from the publisher after requesting it, in return for an honest review In 1952, war widow Irene Sandle travels to the tobacco fields of New Zealand in the hope of building a new and better life for her daughter Jessie But this bold act of independence triggers a ripple effect whose repercussions resonate long after her death, forever shaping her children s lives for better or worse All Day at the Movies spans over sixty years and three generations, following Irene s children Jessie, Belinda, Grant and Janice The story spans their lives, romances, mistakes and their own children s lives too, and slowly you begin to see the lasting impact of Irene s choices Some of the consequences of her actions are horrific but she was just as much a victim of circumstance as her children would be, and there s no way she could have predicted what would happen to her children At the time she, was doing what she thought was best for her and her daughter, struggling to survive any way she could.Each chapter is like a snapshot in time, looking at where a member of the family or people adjacent to them are and how they re doing As the years jump forward, anywhere between one to ten years, you see how time has affected this family These snapshots are an interesting way to tell these characters stories, and i...


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    I m on the run because he always catches up with me Running away, moving, my whole life I ve been running It s like you re in the dark, not knowing where you re going to end up next And then he ll find me Kidman has been plying her trade for around five decades now and it shows The breadth and penetrating quality of her prose shows a mastery of her craft, yet it is measured with just enough restraint She beautifully captures the mind sets of many different generations throughout many post war eras, comfortably inhabiting the shoes of abused children with the same ease she does of marijuana smoking septuagenarians, and all along we can identify and relate to them in some meaningful way.From the tobacco fields of 1950s Motueka through to the city court rooms of the 21st century, Kidman grasps the essence and place with skill and authenticity This is a book about families and the many complex, frayed, flawed and enduring threads that make them up This book shows how politics affects day to day lives We see who really pays the price for political change, it s not those at the top concerned about tax increases, or favourable interest rates, but at the bottom We see how the laws of the land work in a totally different way to those at the bottom of the rung We meet the real victims of Ro...


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    Irene Sandle is a war widow that only has the baby her husband gave her before his death She tries to return to work after the birth of her daughter Not to be put out, Irene decides to move out of her parent s house and work as a tobacco picker She struggles to survive with her daughter and ends up marrying Jock Sadly years later she dies in childbirth and leave Jock with four children he is not ready to raise He in turn marries Charm who is not capable to raise the children either What follows is neglect, abuse, teen pregnancy, and so much .This story revolves around Irene and her family over several years Going against the norm for a woman, Irene is determined to create a life for her and her daughter They both face trials but Irene does the best she can So does Jock after Irene s death Sadly things don t get better and all the children have to live with everything that they went through as kid...

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