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Dream Stuff by David Malouf
Book DescriptionFrom the image of a small boy entranced by his mother's GI Escort, yet still hoping for the return of a father 'missing in action', to the portrait of an adult writer trying to piece together a defining image of his late father, these outstanding stories conjure up with sharp intensity the memories and events that make a man. These powerfully vivid stories range over more than a century of Australian life, from green tropical lushness to 'blacksoil country', from scrub and outback to city streets - evoking dark shadows beneath a bright sun, and lives shaped by the ghosts of history and the rhythms of unruly nature.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780099289906
(198mm x 129mm x 15mm)
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 5-Apr-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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US Kirkus Review » The latest from Australia's acclaimed Malouf (The Conversations at Curlow Creek, 1997, etc.), a wide-ranging collection of nine stories, does nothing to diminish his substantial reputation as a probing writer who time and again finds the mark of truth in a welter of confusion as individuals come face-to-face with the unexpected and unknown.The title story reflects the dreamlike quality found throughout, but gives it an almost Kafkaesque twist: after decades of living in London, a successful novelist is brought home to Brisbane by the death of his mother, spends an evening with a cousin he'd once been close to, then finds himself walking to his hotel through mean, empty streets in the middle of the nightand is set upon by a stranger who accuses the writer of sleeping with his girlfriend, then takes out a knife and mutilates himself. This sobering moment proves cathartic, but other stories offer less fruitful encounters: in Lone Pine, a vacation to the hinterland in an RV sets up the cold-blooded execution of a childless couple; in Blacksoil Country, a boy narrates his feckless father's failure to abide by the aboriginal rules of the Outback, a failure that results in his dad shooting down the bearer of a peace offering, and in the boy's own murder as revenge. Not all of these tales are as bleak, however: another boy, in At Schindler's, is at first upset when his mother takes up with a G.I. in WWII because it means she no longer believes his father, missing in action, is alivebut the boy will come to accept that as well. And an annual family gathering in `Great Day` to celebrate the patriarch's birthday, for all its upper-crust trappings and seaside splendor, offers simple but profound discoveries that transcend class, gender, and the generations.With writing as revelatory as it is eerily precise, that disturbs as much as it satisfies: one and all these masterful stories are such stuff as dreams are made of. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - David Malouf
David Malouf is the internationally acclaimed author of novels including The Great World (winner of the Commonwealth Writers' prize and the Prix Femina Etranger), Remembering Babylon (shortlisted for the Booker Prize and winner of the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award), An Imaginary Life, Conversations at Curlow Creek, His most recent, Ransom, published in 2010, and his autobiographical classic 12 Edmondstone Street. His Collected Stories won the 2008 Australia-Asia Literary Award, and his recent story collections are Dream Stuff ('These stories are pearls' Spectator) and Every Move You Make ('Rare and luminous talent' Guardian). In 2008 Malouf was the Scottish Arts' Council Muriel Spark International Fellow. Born in 1934 in Brisbane, where he was brought up, he lives in Sydney.
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