On Coming Home Kindle ¸ On Coming eBook í

On Coming Home Kindle ¸ On Coming eBook í

On Coming Home [Reading] ➸ On Coming Home Author Paula Morris – Centrumpowypadkowe.co.uk ‘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 ‘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 On Coming eBook í writer exiles as she narrates her own return to New Zealand Now a settler not a visitor she uestions incisively the very idea of ‘belonging’What are BWB TextsBWB Texts are short books on big subjects by great New Zealand writers.


5 thoughts on “On Coming Home

  1. Elizabeth Heritage Elizabeth Heritage says:

    On Coming Home is Paula Morris’s Ngāti 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 BritainMorris 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 interesting things about reading a novelist’s autobiographical writing is that it gives you an insight into their fiction I didn’t realise until Morris mentions it in On Coming Home that she is also the author of the historical novel Rangatira which I read a couple of years ago and which won the NZ national book award for fiction in 2012 Rangatira set in the nineteenth century also features a Ngāti Wai protagonist who has moved from Aotearoa to England and back again The feeling I remember most from reading Rangatira was a sense of nervously trying to do justice to one’s ancestors; of a writer trying very hard to come to terms with the combined weights of history whakapapa and personal geography In On Coming Home Morris speaks of her experience writing Rangatira “maybe I was arguing my own case as native fauna Living overseas was deracinating; somewhere deep in my consciousness was the urge to fight against it Where were my roots? Where else did I belong? I had the impulse to keep my place warm as my Grandma used to say from both sides of the family And I had the impulse to conjure up Auckland the place I was from to make it than just the place I was from to stand back and try to examine it from afar in all its messy semi splendour” I had to look ‘deracinating’ up in my dictionary it means tearing up by the roots not as I had first thought being deprived of one’s raceMorris writes with an engaging energy and intellectual clarity that nonetheless seems fuelled by uncertainty where she belongs where is home and what ‘belonging’ and ‘home’ even mean “Perhaps I’m no longer really a New Zealander no longer a New Zealand writer whatever that means” It’s a feeling that understandably seems to make her angry “I don’t think the New Zealand government is going to soothe my rage with literary honours any time soon” By writing in a way that is simultaneously well researched uotes and notes abound and very personal Morris manages the best kind of autobiography an individual story that resonates across the New Zealand experience and with anyone who has ever felt a conflicted homescape On Coming Home is impossible not to take personally; a short sharp 80 page essay that provokes intense reflection on where after all one belongs Highly recommended


  2. Caroline Barron Caroline Barron says:

    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 ueen of Beauty Paula MorrisMorris 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 uite 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 ueen of BeautyMy favourite thing about this book is the author's sense of being mired in nostalgia; seeing ghosts of times and people past layered over what she sees out the car window as she drives through Auckland in the present The final pages are an ode to the city that knows her best and to the woman no longer in it—her mother Disclaimer Paula Morris is my teacher at the University of Auckland's Master in Creative Writing This review also appears on wwwlovewordsmusiccom


  3. Marcus Hobson Marcus Hobson says:

    There is nothing better than reading a book that makes you rush for pen and paper desperate to record your own thoughts and experiencesOn 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 homeMy 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 waysPaula 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 return homeI was interested to hear how much Paula enjoyed living in the northern English city of Sheffield which was the place of my birth and was beautifully remembered by A S Byatt in her short book Ragnorak To travel and then to return gives so much material to write about


  4. Wendy Jackson Wendy Jackson says:

    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 eg James Joyce Jean Rhys Robert Louis Stevenson Ryszard Kapuscinski and many others and uotes from their booksautobiographies about home and returning and belonging I now need to read Pico Iyer's Global Soul which I think is a relevant follow up


  5. Ella Ella says:

    Continuously impressed by these BWB essays


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