The Cage

The Cage

Book - 2018
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"Two mysterious strangers turn up at a hotel in a small country town. Where have they come from? Who are they? What catastrophe are they fleeing? The townspeople want answers, but the strangers are unable to speak of their trauma. Before long, wary hospitality shifts to suspicion and fear, and the care of the men slides into appalling cruelty."--Publisher information.
Publisher: New Zealand :, Penguin Books,, 2018.
Branch Call Number: FICTION
Characteristics: 262 pages ;,24 cm


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Malcolm - I've been trying to lift my game and read more kiwi writers lately. This month's highlight was Lloyd Jone's allegorical tale of two strangers who arrive in a small NZ town and how the local community respond to their new visitors (spoiler alert: not in a good way).

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Aug 14, 2019



A well written book that explores the macabre!



Apr 06, 2018

Deeply disturbing, dire and quite dreadful. In allegorical vein, Lloyd Jones explores the capacity of human beings to inflict pain on the defenceless and traumatised. His writing is beautiful. The book deserves accolades. I shall take care not to watch if a film is made.

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