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The grass catcher : a digression about home / Ian Wedde.

By: Wedde, Ian [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Wellington : Victoria University Press, 2014Description: 288 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780864739384.Subject(s): Wedde, Ian | Poets, New Zealand -- BiographyGenre/Form: New Zealand essays -- 21st century.DDC classification: NZ824.2 Summary: From early childhood in post-war Blenheim to the remote regions of Bangladesh, from an English boarding school to 1960s Auckland, from Jordan during the civil war of 1969-70 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 home - their mother Linda's womb - and 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.
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From early childhood in post-war Blenheim to the remote regions of Bangladesh, from an English boarding school to 1960s Auckland, from Jordan during the civil war of 1969-70 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 home - their mother Linda's womb - and 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.

From early childhood in post-war Blenheim to the remote regions of Bangladesh, from an English boarding school to 1960s Auckland, from Jordan during the civil war of 1969-70 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 home - their mother Linda's womb - and 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.

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Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • The grass catcher (p. 9)
  • The ivory bracelet (p. 21)
  • The artesian well (p. 52)
  • The shit (p. 60)
  • The ball gown (p. 64)
  • The missing Taits (p. 68)
  • The distempered pup (p. 79)
  • 'Penthouse-like' (p. 97)
  • Creature from the Black Lagoon (p. 104)
  • The lie (p. 115)
  • Great Uncle Fritz (p. 120)
  • The plums (p. 137)
  • The blanket (p. 163)
  • The YHA hostel guide (p. 176)
  • The Christmas card (p. 182)
  • The absent-minded professor (p. 190)
  • The rooks' nests (p. 200)
  • The boy soprano (p. 214)
  • The Italian water pitcher (p. 220)
  • Seven Samurai (p. 240)
  • Peggy Markwdl's back (p. 250)
  • The punnet of strawberries (p. 256)
  • Lunch with Dave (p. 266)
  • The transit lounge (p. 280)
  • Acknowledgements (p. 285)