Janet McNeill is certainly within the tradition of such writers, and I understand the comparison, however, unlike them she seems to have struggle. The Maiden Dinosaur takes us to Belfast in the 1960’s, and to Thronehill House, standing within sound of the animals in Belfast zoo; it was once Sarah Vincent’s family home – now divided into flats. Sarah herself lives in one of the flats, surrounded continually by the ghosts of her childhood. Sarah Vincent is fifty, a grammar school teacher and local poet.
Laura said: What a deliciously simpering attack on all things romantic or erotic . I liked this book, because it attacks all the angles of romantic love, and then subtly offers us the other types of love which are so usually claimed as having a lesser status. The Maiden Dinosaur was first published in 1964, and I suspect that even now she will not find favour with many readers. Janet McNeill was born in Dublin in 1907 and spent many years in Northern Ireland. Author of more than 20 children's books, as well as adult novels, plays, and two opera libretti, she was best known for her children's comic fantasy series My Friend Specs McCann.
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The Maiden Dinosaur is a brisk and compelling character-driven novel, which manages to accomplish a lot in relatively few pages. There’s much to ponder here (including the ways in which literature can hoodwink young, impressionable girls into dangerous romanticization of sexuality and relations between the sexes. This is a book that begs to be read, re-read, and discussed with friends. Sarah, of course the maiden dinosaur of the title – has nursed an adoration of Helen for most of her life. It is part of McNeill’s skill which enables her to seamlessly switch the point of view of her narration, so we hear Sarah’s thoughts, as well as those of a young girl, one of Sarah’s pupils, and to those of George, Helen’s frequent visitor, dividing his time between her and caring for a sick wife.
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I started it before I went on holiday and finished it on my return, even though it’s a slim volume, but I picked up the threads just fine. Janet McNeill – The Maiden Dinosaur. 25 May 2018, from Cathy at 746 Books). 50-year-old Sarah Vincent lives in a flat in her old family home, with two old school friends occupying other flats and the daughter of another, a young mum with a flighty husband, in the stable block.
First published in 1964 and recently republished in this attractively presented paperback, Janet McNeill's 'The Maiden Dinosaur' is set in Dublin and focuses on a group of friends, several of whom were at school together more than thirty years before and who have kept in close touch with one another over the years.
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Book Title: The Maiden Dinosaur. ISBN-13: 978-0957233690. Author: Janet McNeill. Guideline Price: £1. 0. The years since her death, in 1994, have seen a number of valiant attempts to resurrect the novelist Janet McNeill. Her work has appeared under the Virago Modern Classics label, and Blackstaff and the Women’s Press have reissued a couple of titles. Yet somehow, after a flurry of interest, McNeill seems to retreat into obscurity again, perhaps because of a sense of provincial ennui that is tied up with her literary impulse. This is a pity because, at her best, McNeill was very good indeed. These two ’60s novels, now reissued by Turnpike Books, encompass, in a sense, both the strengths and weaknesses of McNeill’s writing.