Even the most realistic book makes a choice of experiences

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Margaret Mahy once wrote: “Even the most realistic book makes a choice of experiences, and this editing directs and concentrates the reader’s vision in a particular way. Magical realism can, through its inventions and exaggerations, allow the reader to make connections with the visionary astonishments of everyday life.” (p314)

Ref: Margaret Mahy ‘A fantastic tale’ pp.307-314 in Mark Williams and Michele Leggott (1995) Opening the Book: New Essays on New Zealand writing. Auckland University Press: Auckland.

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