[DWJ] assistance needed

Judith Ridge judith.ridge at gmail.com
Sun Jan 18 16:58:23 EST 2009

2009/1/19 Farah Mendlesohn <farah.sf at gmail.com>

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> > Is this standard student-quality?  I mean, is this better or worse than
> > you'd've expected?  I do hope you say worse...
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> > Minnow
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> It's middling student quality but it's much higher than I would expect from
> this student. One of the bizarre aspects is that although the writer has
> mentioned the fantasy at the start, it is otherwise treated as a social
> problem novel in which the twin issues are the divorce and the relationship
> with an older man.

Is that so surprising, Farah? I don't know the context in/purpose for which
this review was (allegedly) written, but that seems like a fairly typical
response to, well, any book by a "middling" student—reduce it to its
"issues". cf How I Live Now, where all anyone could talk abut was the
"incest" (sic).


Judith Ridge
Western Sydney Young People's Literature Officer

Arts and Cultural Development
Blacktown City Council
PO Box 63
(62 Flushcombe Road)
Blacktown NSW 2148

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