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Cover Type: Softcover
Book Condition: Very Good
Jacket Condition: None Issued
Publisher: Penquin
Publisher Place: Camberwell
Publisher Year: 2008
Edition: Reprint

Description: 169 pages. Book is in Very good condition throughout.

Publishers Description: David Maloufs first novel recreates the war-conscious forties, the pubs and brothels of the fifties, and the years away treading water overseas.Australias finest writer Miriam Cosic, The AustralianA jewel of a novel, perfect and modest Peter Craven, Sunday AgeUnique - what a book! David Rowbotham, Courier Mail__________Despite Johnnos assertion that Brisbane was absolutely the ugliest place in the world, I had the feelings as I walked across deserted intersections, past empty parks with their tropical trees all spilked and sharp-edged in the early sunlight, that it might even be beautiful . . . Dante and Johnno are unlikely childhood friends, growing up in the bustle of steamy, wartime Brisbane. Later, as teenagers, they learn about love and life amidst the citys pubs and public libraries, backyards and brothels, Moreton Bay figs and tennis parties. As adults, they make the great pilgrimage overseas and maintain an uneasy friendship as they seek to build their lives.An affectionate and bittersweet portrait, Johnno brilliantly recreates the sleazy, tropical half-city that was Brisbane and captures a generation locked in combat with the elusive Australian dream.

ISBN: 9780143180142


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