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Gee and his small victories

March 23, 2011

“Gee has been accused of writing bleak books, but he insists they are full of ‘small victories‘ – they end with a ‘gaining of self-knowledge‘.  People, he argues, shouldn’t look to novelists to instruct them about life or behaviour.”

p116  Greg O’Brien and Robert Cross (1988) Moments of Invention; Portraits of 21 New Zealand Writers. Heinemann Reed: Auckland.

I’m wondering… How does this statement to my question of how support structures are exemplified to readers in YA Lit?  I’m thinking the small victories are more human/life-like than the big ones… are the very fallible, non-heroic characters that writers like Gee uses communicating inherently different approaches to character growth?

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