Johnno

Johnno

by David Malouf
     
 

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"Despite Johnno's assertion that Brisbane was absolutely the ugliest place in the world, I had the feeling as I walked across deserted intersections, past empty parks with their tropical trees all spiked and sharp-edged in the early sunlight, that it might even be beautiful ... " Johnno is a typical Australian who refuses to be typical. His disorderly presence can…  See more details below

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"Despite Johnno's assertion that Brisbane was absolutely the ugliest place in the world, I had the feeling as I walked across deserted intersections, past empty parks with their tropical trees all spiked and sharp-edged in the early sunlight, that it might even be beautiful ... " Johnno is a typical Australian who refuses to be typical. His disorderly presence can disturb the staleness of his home town or destroy the tranquillity of a Greek landscape. An affectionately outrageous portrait, David Malouf's first novel recreates the war-conscious forties, the pubs and brothels of the fifties, and the years away treading water overseas.

Editorial Reviews

Washington Post
David Malouf is a richly imaginative writer, philosophical and literary in the best sense.
Library Journal
LJ's reviewer did not find this "wholly successful" but did dub it "a readable, affecting novel" (LJ 10/1/78). Set in Australia in the 1940s and 1950s, Malouf's debut effort follows the life of the ne'er-do-well title character as seen through the eyes of an old friend. Malouf won the first International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award in 1996 for Remembering Babylon (LJ 8/93).
New York Times Book Review
The author's first novel, now restored to print, is the autobiographical tale of a postwar boyhood friendship. Seymour Epstein, called the book "a fine, haunting first novel." -- New York Times Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780702258039
Publisher:
University of Queensland Press
Publication date:
11/23/2015
Sold by:
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
247
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

David Malouf was born in Brisbane in 1934. Since 'Interiors' in Four Poets, 1962, he has published poetry, novels and short stories, essays, opera librettos and a play, and has been widely translated. In 2000 he was the sixteenth Neustadt Laureate. His last volume of new poetry was Typewriter Music (UQP, 2007) and his selected poems, Revolving Days, was published in 2008. He lives in Sydney.

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