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.
Categories: Fiction - New Zealand, Contemporary, Human Rights, Morals/Ethics, Political, Social commentary/perspectives, 2020 Titles


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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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