This novel follows the narrator, a film-maker, through the process of writing a script. With a central motif being the story of Helen of Troy and the Trojan war, the lives of the characters (in the novel and the film script) take on new meanings. The novel is set in Auckland, New Zealand and attempts to deconstruct the notion that warfare between male heroes provides the only genuine topic of epic literature.NARRATOR ONE: a#39;If I had ten tongues or ten mouths or ten million words I could not use them without you Mnemosyne, mother of memory. ... ONE (voice-over): a#39; First the clan from the Bay of Plenty, rich in beasts and pastoral land and rivers, driving a Ford Falcon station wagon, four stage, low kms, metallic. ... Do not be misled, he has shot many a boar and a possum and is sudden death to rabbits.
|Title||:||The Iron Mouth|
|Publisher||:||Spinifex Press - 1993-01-01|