"Deft touch to
novel" Otago Times
"This novel, which describes the occupation of the
Civic Theatre in Auckland by a collective of artists is simple but well-told.
The book is enjoyable, the characters are few but
convincingly portrayed, and the city of Auckland and the Civic Theatre itself are sketched
in with a deft touch.
The author was born in 1954 and
went to Rangitoto College and Auckland University. He studied clown
in Sweden, has taught comedy and improvisation in Sydney and directed Playspace Theatre.
These experiences have obviously contributed to the
characterisation of Moontan the clown, his American girl friend Crystal, and her French
the strengths of this novel lie in its depiction of the life of a street artist and the
exploration of the aspects of people's character and emotions that are visible in their
For example Moontan analyses the way a bouncer projects his aura
of authority: "It was the way he was holding his chest and shoulders. he
decided, and the lack of' unnecessary
movements. Somehow watching a big person move in such a deliberate way was very
The style and language of the book are very much
the everyday language of its main character, though
story is narrated in the third person, but with the occasional striking
image or simile: "He bought a flower
stood poised at the edge of the square. It was alive
with people. Like trying to make love in porridge, he thought."