Title: Cage, The
Authors: Jones, Lloyd
Genre: Fiction: New Zealand
Pages: 262
Year: 2018
Publisher: Text Publishing
Language: English
Description: Once upon a time two strangers seeking refuge arrive in a small town where they are made welcome and are cared for by the townsfolk ... or so you would hope. Displaced by circumstances that they cannot describe to the satisfaction of their hosts, 'Doc' and 'Mole' find themselves, after an initial flurry of compassion, at the mercy of a committee established to find answers.

A fable for our time, this is a thought-provoking and disquieting story that cleverly confronts us with our treatment of others when we have the upper hand. [Larger font]
Categories: Fiction - New Zealand, Contemporary, Human Rights, Morals/Ethics, Political, Social commentary/perspectives, 2020 Titles, Larger font


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By: AUCK 335 2021-06-24 17:40:16
This book was described as confrontational, challenging and depressing. Half the group did not finish reading it. The most difficult book we've had in six years, would not recommend it except to groups that really like a challenge.

By: CHCH 448 2021-03-09 16:10:39
Found book very hard to read and some members chose not to finish it. We felt discussion questions missed the point of the novel. It's an allegory about people and the loss of humanity but questions were trite, superficial, situational and focussed on minutia instead of examining the overarching themes and intention of the author. Footnotes and the interview transcript from the blog were very helpful to further understand the author's intent.

By: UPMO 002 2021-03-08 11:34:13
A very challenging but worthwhile read. Stimulated a lot of discussion.

By: WHANG 003 2020-12-16 14:22:49
The group found this to be a very challenging and gruelling read, and no-one really enjoyed it. However, it prompted a very lively and interesting discussion about the issues raised by the book. Difficult reading but a great discussion.

By: AUCK 162 2020-10-05 10:09:54
A book that evoked strong reaction in readers. Some couldn't read more than a few pages. Those who read it understood the 'message' Jones was delivering. That of society and how we treat outsiders such as refugees; the stark language was chilling. Others found the writing beautiful - not a word wasted. Some elements felt a little contrived, some felt the scenario not realistic. Difficult to rate really.

By: AUCK 050 2020-09-22 14:56:13
A disturbing book.

By: TAIH 004 2020-09-02 13:35:22
Changed the way some of us think - all thought it was interesting, and will stay with us long after the book has been sent back.

By: WELL 213 2020-05-27 13:15:23
A couple enjoyed reading this as an intellectual exercise, but everyone used words like dire, confronting, cold, clinical and challenging, while noting it was an allegory. Not an enjoyable read, clever but no emotional connection.

By: PAIHIA 001 2020-05-10 14:59:31
This is not anything like Mr Pip. Difficult read. Confronting, but that's the whole point - we should feel uncomfortable with the idea that we look the other way far too often. And it's well written, of course. Hard to score - feel like it's a 'should read' not a 'nice read'.

By: CHCH 465 2020-04-29 14:05:54
Thought provoking, uncomfortable reading - hard to score.

By: HAVE 012 2020-04-29 14:03:52
Only 3 group members read the entire book. We struggled with the bleak, stark nature of the allegory of refugees, populations on the move, etc. But we thought it was a brave move on Lloyd Jones' part to tackle this topic. We still think he's a very good writer.

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