Title: Access Road
Authors: Gee, Maurice
Genre: Fiction: New Zealand
Pages: 204
Year: 2009
ISBN-10(13): 9780143202448
Publisher: Penguin Books
Language: English
Description: Gee's familiar fictional West Auckland town of Loomis is the setting for this story about elderly siblings forced to confront secrets from the past. Supported by their sister Rowan and her husband Dickie Pinker, bachelor brothers Lionel and Rory Beach live in the old family home in Access Road. When a malevolent character from their childhood, Clyde Buckley, reappears, the past and the present collide moving relentlessly towards a shocking conclusion. [Larger font]

Comments from Groups:

Our group appreciated the work of a master of the written word. Taupo 005

Liked Gee's writing. Found the content 'dark' and sinister. The characterisation and dialogue great but we didn't like the story. Raumati 001

We all blamed Clyde Buckley. We thought Maurice Gee a master of words and storytelling, loved the imagery and metaphor. The ending was just a bit too perfect. Ferndale 001

A satisfying read of a well crafted book. Christchurch 085

An interesting discussion: controversial opinions: some found it didn't do Gee's reputation justice, others found it very clever, full of unstated facts, so a mark 'to difficult to grade!'Whakatane 005

Categories: Fiction - New Zealand, Mystery, Blind Foundation book, Larger font


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By: ASHB 024 2020-04-03 14:59:59
Many of the members did not like this novel. They considered it to be too dark to enjoy, although they thought his writing style was superb. One reader thought that the characters became more believable as the plot developed.

By: MAST 008 2020-04-03 14:57:13
Some really liked this book - well crafted, skilled language, flowing story - others found it too much like other Maurice Gee books. So grades between 4-8; average 6/10. Probably depends how many other books by Maurice Gee that you've read.

By: AUCK 256 2020-04-03 14:53:22
Enjoyable easy read. Interesting because the setting was 'local'.

By: WARK 005 2020-04-03 14:52:27
We liked the book much better after a really good discussion, and sharing recollections of life in Auckland. Not one of Gee's best though.

By: WANAK 014 2020-04-03 14:51:14
Very good read! Book was liked by most of the members. Intense discussion at meeting.

By: CHCH 099 2020-04-03 14:46:19
We all thought it clever that Maurice Gee "spoke" from a woman's perspective. Also thought that his writing was quite lyrical. "Dark" content so not our most favourite read!

By: AUCK 376 2020-04-03 14:41:23
We greatly enjoyed the skill that Maurice Gee has in developing plot and depicting characters. In particular, the voice of the first person narrator - a wife, mother and sister - was a complicated one for a male author to get right, yet Maurice Gee managed it with consummate skill. As an Auckland-based group, we recognised the references to Henderson, and found Gee's ability to evoke a period - 1960s - very effective, and also enjoyed the twists and turns of the plot, and the malevolence of Clyde Buckley...

By: TAUP 003 2020-04-03 14:35:28
We all loved this book and could identify with the author.

By: AUCK 240 2020-04-03 14:34:38
Beautifully written and poetic 'kiwi noir'. An accessible and readable page turner, and short:-)

By: INVER 024 2020-04-03 14:33:20
Well-written, but dark.

By: AUCK 135 2020-04-03 14:32:50
Once again Maurice Gee's writing was impressive. His ability to write in a woman's voice was convincing and his narrative style was one that sustained interest until the end. We enjoyed the Auckland references.

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