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Description - Rhubarb by Craig Silvey

Meet Eleanor Rigby- tiny, blind and left behind. Led by her zealous, overprotective guide dog, Warren, she courses constantly through the places she knows. Tired, mired and sequestered from the world, Eleanor can't shirk the feeling she's going nowhere slowly. Until, of course, she recognises something in the sound of Ewan Dempsey, reclusive and compulsive maker and player of cellos, who impels in Eleanor a rare moment of caprice . . .

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781921361494
ISBN-10: 1921361492
Format: Paperback / softback
(199mm x 130mm x 16mm)
Pages: 336
Imprint: Fremantle Press
Publisher: Fremantle Press
Publish Date: 30-Apr-2009
Country of Publication: Australia

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Book Review: Rhubarb by Craig Silvey - Reviewed by (10 May 2011)

Rhubarb is Craig Silvey’s first full-length novel. The main characters are the quirky Eleanor Rigby, a petite blind 21 year-old who lives with her reclusive mother, Estelle; and the equally reclusive Ewan Dempsey, aged 23, agoraphobic, maker and player of cellos. Eleanor is ably led by her guide dog Warren (who wishes he had a better name than a habitat for rabbits). Warren guides her by day and guards her by night, but can’t guide her in her Dreams. Eleanor is always on the move through the places she knows, but feels she’s going nowhere. One day, however, she hears Ewan Dempsey playing his cello on his front verandah (it’s almost Christmas, it’s Fremantle, it’s hot inside) and is drawn to the sound. Of course, Ewan withdraws and Eleanor has to take the initiative just to talk to him. This is a meeting of two people damaged by their past, who manage to connect and save each other. This novel is filled with genuine characters, clever dialogue, humour and even a bit of slapstick, as well as some elegant prose: “The hazy fur of drygrass along the hills, quilted with dull granite and foliage.”; To the east, the moon is out with a herd of early stars. As though they have crept from the ether to watch the sunset”. The running together of words and the Capitalisation of Significant Words is vaguely reminiscent of Rushdie. A joy to read.

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