[DWJ] DWJ article

Minnow minnow at belfry.org.uk
Sat Dec 22 14:35:59 EST 2007

>On 21/12/2007, Paul Andinach <pandinac at ucc.gu.uwa.edu.au> wrote:
>> On Thu, 20 Dec 2007, Minnow wrote:
>> > Most of DWJ's older women in authority are rather odious, or at best
>> > uncaring and unobservant, I suspect.  Art following life -- except
>> > that DWJ herself is *nothing* like that.
>> (I was going to point out that there are un-odious older women in DWJ
>> - Polly's Granny and Mrs Smith were the first two to come to mind -
>> but none of them are obviously in authority, either.)
and Farah wrote:

>There is a change from Dark Lord of Derholm onward. In this book we get a
>nice mother, and a nice sorcereress (even if she does need a cup of tea).
>After this book mothers can be overly distracted (as in Conrad's Fate) but
>we don't get the kind of dereliction of duty we see in earler books. The
>mother in Conrad's Fate strikes me asa kindlier version of Phyllis in Time
>of the Ghost, a more adult understanding perhaps of the autonomy of one's

I am trying to remember when in the chronology of books DWJ's own mother
died!  Or maybe once she went into the nursing home and stopped pushing
everyone around would be the point at which she no longer needed writing
out of the system.


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