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Alison McCullochReading these rich, beautifully wrought stories, you can almost smell the ti trees and hear the screeching as the cockatoos take flight.
—The New York Times
In the heretofore unpublished Every Move You Make: bookish boys and taciturn men, strong women and wayward sons, fathers and daughters, lovers and husbands, a composer and his muse, a builder-architect and his legacy--here are their stories, whole lives brought dramatically into focus ...
In the heretofore unpublished Every Move You Make: bookish boys and taciturn men, strong women and wayward sons, fathers and daughters, lovers and husbands, a composer and his muse, a builder-architect and his legacy--here are their stories, whole lives brought dramatically into focus and powerfully rooted in the vividly rendered landscape of the vast Australian continent, from the mysterious, glittering Valley of Lagoons in Far North Queensland to bohemian Sydney to Ayres Rock in the Great Victoria Desert. These tender, subtle, and intimate stories give us men and women looking for something they seem to have missed, or missed out on, puzzling over not only their own lives but also the place they have come to occupy in the lives of others.
Heartbreakingly beautiful, richly satisfying, The Complete Stories also includes David Malouf’s short fiction from Dream Stuff, Antipodes, and Child’s Play. It is a major literary event.
In this collection of four sets of previously published stories and one set of new stories, Malouf-winner of the first International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for Remembering Babylon-explores our place in the world, focusing on the Queensland state of Australia. The theme of the interplay between the land and its people is introduced in the first story, "The Valley of Lagoons," in which a 16-year-old boy is finally allowed to explore this mysterious area his friends have been visiting for years and finds it changes him. In "Elsewhere," a father attending the funeral of his daughter with his son-in-law quickly learns how different life is in Sydney compared with their rural existence. In "Mrs. Porter and the Rock," a visit to Ayers Rock helps the title character understand an earlier incident in her life. Other stories examine the issue of our place in the larger scheme of things, as in "Southern Skies," in which an astronomer shows a teenage boy the mysteries of the universe. Throughout, the prose continually evokes the environment and the effect of time and place on each individual's life; for large collections.
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Posted February 12, 2011
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