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  1. says:

    Hmm I wasn’t wildly enthusiastic about this I’ve had a copy of The Death of the Body on my New Zealand TBR for ages but Mansfield A Novel is my first book by acclaimed New Zealand writer CK Stead and I was expecting to be very impressed Somehow although there were moments when I uite enjoyed this book it didn’t really engage me It was a mildly interesting ‘refresher’ about aspects of Katherine Mansfield’s life but it didn’t seem to offer much It was an advantage to have read Katherine Mansfield The Storyteller by Kathleen Jones beforehand See my enthusiastic review That was such a good well written and fascinating biography that I already knew enough about Mansfield’s life to make sense of – and augment – what I came across in this novel But I suspect that many readers of CK Stead’s book would feel the same as I did a bit nonplussed about his intentions What was there for a reader to gain in a re imagining of these three years in Katherine Mansfield’s life the war years when she was tormented by her on again off again relationship with Jack Middleton Murry? Is there to this book than mere homage? Is it for fans of KM who already know a lot about her or for newbies who don’t know much about this remarkable author who changed the face of modern writing?To see the rest of my review please visit


  2. says:

    I am finding it a little difficult to review this book Imagine taking 3 years out of the life of a person and trying to define them by those years as though they sprang out of nowhere and then disappear back to wherever they came from The story was fascinating and all the literary characters of the age parade through as caricatures of themselves Siegfried Sassoon the wounded soldier who speaks out against the war whose story is told in Regeneration even makes an appearanceMansfield herself comes across as a conflicted but fairly self aware hardworking author She seems to understand her weaknesses and what she needs in order to work successfully I would have preferred to know of her life in New Zealand to give depth to her personality as a young artist during WWIThe book was divided into sections like acts in a play Scenes were set up and acted out and taken down I am not saying that it was a bad thing it flowed along well enough but it was a different style and took some getting used to I am very glad that I have passing familiarity with the writers and the culture of the time period If I hadn't I think it would have been really difficult to follow My overall impression is of Katherine Mansfield as a sort of female Hemingway which may or may not be accurateI would read other books by Stead There were beautifully written spotsETA I had to come back and add this uote because it is such a picture of Wellington They spent the rest of the day together walking about London and talking about Wellington It was as if each acted as the other's guide She took him about in fact he led her back in memory and imagination That night when she lay wide awake letting her mind take its own direction it was as if she'd spent those hours in air fresh as the first Washday of creation under high blue and white skies seeing shirts and blouses filled to bursting by the Wellington wind pegged out and tugging to get away from green gardens and white weatherboard houses which propped themselves against steepnesses that everywhere dived into the sea into the beautiful harbour from which she'd sailed out seven years before


  3. says:

    I knew very little about Katherine Mansfield a New Zealand born writer who is said to have defined the short story before starting this novel Now I have finished it has left me feeling a bit knowledgeable but not fully satisfied From what I can gather the main fascination people have with her life is her on off relationship with JohnJack Murry and the way she left most men and even some women spellbound after meeting and having a conversation with her She moved in very literary circles – counting DH Lawrence TS Eliot Virginia Woolf and Aldous Huxley as close friends and it was interesting to get a small snapshot of their lives as well as Katherine’s I was especially intrigued by Lawrence and his fiery “love hate” relationship with his wife I never had him down as a wife beater you know?This novel is set over a three year period during the First World War which led to her beloved brother Leslie being killed It seems to have been a constant prey upon Katherine’s mind especially after his death and some of the descriptions of the country at war by the author are fascinating We also hear of Katherine’s struggles with writing dreaming of being able to write something that would blow people away – “a new kind of fiction” as she calls it I also enjoyed the fact that we can see her story from other individual perspectives even if everybody seemed to be madly in love with her like her lover Murry and DH Lawrence’s long suffering wife From this novel it came across as if Katherine got slightly bored with men once the initial romantic element had dissipated and didn’t seem to know her hearts own desire Poor Jack I felt uite sorry for him at times when Katherine’s feelings for him waxed and waned I look forward to reading about Katherine Mansfield and satisfying my curiosity on this matter and shall probably move onto her letters and journals next To be continuedPlease see my full review at


  4. says:

    I very much enjoyed this book It is a book worth reading and I am interested in reading Mansfields works now although I think I have read 'In a German Pensione' Anyway the Bloomsbury group she connected with they are a fascinating although self absorbed fully flawed uite unbearable in their own uniue personalities in moments; aren't we all Inwardly such a driven tortured creative bunch Many were pacifists and lived with ostracism beatings and social shunning I mean I'm generalising here but it was an impression I took from the snippets of stories about themThe period gradually seeping from unrealistic idealistic and innocently stereotypically thinking by the general populace about the beginnings of the war to the reflection in literary modes of the decline of innocencethe social change the powerful and courageous criticism from various of these poets painters and authors about the horrors the reality on everyone everywhere of the first WW The disillusion of people the losses A time affecting all our own parents and grandparents To think Katherine Mansfield came from NZ copiously articulated an amazing outer and inner life was so accomplished working alongside all the 'names' like Virginia Woolf who according to the Biographer CK Stead was intimidated and influenced by her Mansfield was not all that likeable in this account of her life but redeemed herself was ultimately another lost and wasted human life dying so young with the possibilities of her future ended I had never heard of Mansfield until the last couple of years Why is this so ?


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    What an appropriate time to be reading this wonderful book As Europe America and former British colonies around the world pause for a moment today to remember the centenary of the end of the First World War it was good to be reminded of not only the horrors of loss but also the impacts on everyday peopleC K Stead has created a fine novel from a seuence of events in the life of Katherine Mansfield one of New Zealand’s most famous writers He has taken a period of time during the First World War and used letters diaries and many sources to create a fiction but one that has a strong basis in truth We cannot be sure that all the things recorded here actually took place we certainly can’t claim all the feelings and thoughts mentioned were real but the use of a fictional account allows Stead to stretch what we know and weave a fine storyOne of the remarkable things about this particular moment in time is the vast array of famous names who came together who knew each other and since many were writers they left memories and records in print In the course of this short book we encounter T S Elliot D H Lawrence Aldous Huxley Lytton Strachey Virginia Woolf Bertrand Russel Rupert Brook and Siegfried Sassoon Together with a number of painters and artists they all had a loose association with the Bloomsbury Group and Katherine Mansfield did the same meeting so many of the famous names of the timeThe story covers primarily the years 1915 to 1917 with a brief epilogue that leaps to the winter of 1918 During that time Katherine lost her brother Leslie and her lover Fred to the war We feel her losses and we watch her obsession with wanting to write at the same time as developing her relationship with Jack Middleton whom she would eventually marry It was a strange relationship to modern eyes living apart if only by a few streets taking other lovers and Katherine’s need to escape to live alone in France I always enjoy a novel where I know some of the locations and it this book I can picture Acacia Road in St John’s Wood London where Jack and Katherine lived I used to walk along that road to reach Primrose Hill I also know Zennor in Cornwall where they lived alongside D H Lawrence and his wife Frieda for a few months The descriptions help me vividly recall the granite houses of Land’s End and the sudden fog that sweeps in from the sea Most poignant of all is the final epilogue where Katherine coughs up blood for the first time that bright red blood that tells you something is very wrong inside It is the first evidence of the tuberculosis that will kill her at the young age of thirty four There is always something tragic and sad about someone who dies so young but in this short book we also see some of the joy and the happiness of that short life


  6. says:

    This novel covers three years in the life of Katherine Mansfield and is a fascinating account of this period of her life The First World War is a sombre backdrop and her relationship with Jack Murry features strongly


  7. says:

    Ambitious to put oneself in the head of NZs most celebrated writer but it's a convincing portrayal of what her life might have been like during the war


  8. says:

    From 35 out of 5 starsI have to say I absolutely loved this book Almost everything about it appealed to me instantly – the writing the setting the characters It has a blinding literary cast – TS Eliot Virginia Woolf DH Lawrence Aldous Huxley Bertrand Russell and several others How I ask you can you not drool? As the title might suggest this novel is about Katherine Mansfield the New Zealand born writer who spent much of her time in England She is a writer who is considered to have defined the modern short story And indeed her stories are like nothing else However this story is about the writer who created those stories And any reader knows what it’s like to want of a writer to want all of them even With this novel Stead manages to give Mansfield’s readers a little of that ‘’ The blurb reads “Spanning three years in the life of the writer Katherine Mansfield during the First World War this novel follows the ups and downs of her relationship with Jack Middleton Murry and her struggle to break through as a writer As her brother and lovers are drawn into the conflict Mansfield becomes and determined to write the ‘new kind of fiction’ which she feels the times demand” Stead focuses on the three years of Mansfield’s life in which her own writing was undergoing a transformation I absolutely loved Stead’s writing style – it was so direct and concise but managed easily and clearly weave the images in my head The characters too just came to life on the page as I read Maybe it’s the fact that they are actual literary figures and I’d read so much about them beforehand that it was easy to see the form and shape they took in this novel In any case it was almost a thrilling experience Maybe it’s the fan girl in me but I was very excited to see those literary names appear as characters in this novel and to see their temperaments and manners imprinted on the page Stead manages to capture Mansfield’s tone and language uite well Mansfield is renowned for her cutting wit and sometimes cruel satire and there is evidence of that in this novel The only thing I didn’t really like was that almost every male that she came into contact with wanted to jump into bed with her or was attracted to her in some way I think that’s why TS Eliot was my favorite out of the male characters portrayed here – he managed to maintain a cool but friendly distance His gentle and patient disposition might also have had something to do with it This is a novel that every KM fan should read – and it’s one they probably will want to read to if they call themselves a KM fan While it doesn’t really add to any knowledge of her life that has already been printed before it does offer a tantalizing image into Mansfield’s everyday life and importantly – and excitingly – into her mind It’s always fun to ponder how one of your favorite authors lived and acted what they thought and worried about; in that sense this novel is an indulgence that any Mansfield fan would be eager for


  9. says:

    It took real stubbornness to get into the book stubbornness I have a lot of other books I'm behind reading on this one is short you get a full point for reading it on the 2013 challenge how hard can it really be to read this short book?? The book was rather slow starting However I grew to enjoy it very muchI liked the WWI perspectives a thought occurred to me how'd they keep the trenches from fully flooding? the scenes in different places were very interesting how could people so tight for money and so fatten very ill really move around as much as they obviously did? and I definitely gave Wikipedia a workout on all the authorspersons mentioned as well as bncom money ;For me I think it was a good portrayal of how the daystimes prob went for these people It matched with other books I've read of the time Please note I didn't do the main read of her notes and letters I could see Stead's extensive study of Mansfield and the others in the Bloomsbury group This was during the time of the Bohemian Compared to them the modern kids seem a bit tame ; Mansfield was definitely ahead of her time in her writings Not much is revealed here except for some titles but she worked at her writing; it did not come easily and many times it came at the expense of those who cared for herNow I need to read some of her work ;


  10. says:

    This book lifted my inspiration Mansfield led such an eclectic life sought adventure and rode the ups and downs in varying levels of success but meeting them head on not shying awayAnd Stead did her grace and realism You got the feeling that at times she must have been a pain in the arse to know and at other time bundles of laughter And as a storyteller herself I enjoyed reading about her in fiction letting Stead's words and narrative create an impression of who she may have been rather than deducing it from deeds and actionsOne thing I did feel is a tendency to name drop the amount of famous faces with no chance to flesh them out in their mere walk on parts felt a little contrived but maybe that is actually what Mansfield's life was likeThe narrative was very simply told and the reader largely left to themselves to set the scene through the name dropping and the brief commentary on the war which could possibly be difficult without enough prior knowledge to recognise the signposting this left me with a uestion of depth that I will need to sit on for a while But I do think and hope I'll find depth hidden in the simplicity


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Of the time including D H Lawrence Aldous Huxley Bertrand Russell and of course John Middleton Murry Mansfield A Novel by C K Stead | NOOK Book Mansfield is his tenth novel C K Stead was Professor of English at the University of Auckland until In he was awarded the CBE for services to New Zealand literature He has published twelve volumes of poetry two volumes of stories a memoir and several works of criticism Mansfield Park A Novel edition | Open Library Mansfield Park by Jane Austen B Tauchnitz edition Mansfield Park Wikipedia Mansfield Park is the third published novel by Jane Austen first published in by Thomas EgertonA second edition was published in by John Murray still within Austen's lifetimeThe novel did not receive any public reviews until The novel tells the story of Fanny Price starting when her overburdened family sends her at age ten to live in the household of her wealthy aunt and Mansfield Park by Jane Austen Goodreads Mansfield Park Jane Austen Mansfield Park What an appropriate time to be reading this wonderful book As Europe America and former British colonies around the world pause for a moment today to remember the centenary of the end of the First World War it was good to be reminded of not only the horrors of loss but also the impacts on everyday peopleC K Stead has created a fine novel from a seuence of events in the life of Katherine Mansfield one of New Zealand’s most famous writers He has taken a period of time during the First World War and used letters diaries and many sources to create a fiction but one that has a strong basis in truth We cannot be sure that all the things recorded here actually took place we certainly can’t claim all the feelings and thoughts mentioned were real but the use of a fictional account allows Stead to stretch what we know and weave a fine storyOne of the remarkable things about this particular moment in time is the vast array of famous names who came together who knew each other and since many were writers they left memories and records in print In the course of this short book we encounter T S Elliot D H Lawrence Aldous Huxley Lytton Strachey Virginia Woolf Bertrand Russel Rupert Brook and Siegfried Sassoon Together with a number of painters and artists they all had a loose association with the Bloomsbury Group and Katherine Mansfield did the same meeting so many of the famous names of the timeThe story covers primarily the years 1915 to 1917 with a brief epilogue that leaps to the winter of 1918 During that time Katherine lost her brother Leslie and her lover Fred to the war We feel her losses and we watch her obsession with wanting to write at the same time as developing her relationship with Jack Middleton whom she would eventually marry It was a strange relationship to modern eyes living apart if only by a few streets taking other lovers and Katherine’s need to escape to live alone in France I always enjoy a novel where I know some of the locations and it this book I can picture Acacia Road in St John’s Wood London where Jack and Katherine lived I used to walk along that road to reach Primrose Hill I also know Zennor in Cornwall where they lived alongside D H Lawrence and his wife Frieda for a few months The descriptions help me vividly recall the granite houses of Land’s End and the sudden fog that sweeps in from the sea Most poignant of all is the final epilogue where Katherine coughs up blood for the first time that bright red blood that tells you something is very wrong inside It is the first evidence of the tuberculosis that will kill her at the young age of thirty four There is always something tragic and sad about someone who dies so young but in this short book we also see some of the joy and the happiness of that short life