Maurice Gee: Blindsight

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  • Peter Beatson (Massey University)

Published in 2005, Blindsight distils in a compressed form the themes explored in his previous work. Rather than the latest in a series, Blindsightis central to his oeuvre; the consummation of a writing career that spans half a century, it is quintessential Gee.

Geographically, the novel encompasses the three townscapes of the imagination – Henderson, Nelson and Wellington – that Gee has worn like literary second skins throughout his oeuvre. Structurally, it employs the hallmark narrative technique first pioneered in In my Father’s Den, whereby time is run in double harness. A first-person narrator reflects on an entire lifetime, while recording new developments in the here-and-now. Past and …

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Beatson, Peter. "Blindsight". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 12 March 2006
[, accessed 27 September 2016.]