Dream Stuff : Stories (Paperback)

Author: Malouf, David

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Here are nine haunting stories from the award-winning author of "Remembering Babylon," in which history and geography, as well as the past and the present, combine and often collide, illuminating the landscape and revealing the character of Australia.
An eleven-year-old boy sees his father in his own elongated shadow only to realize that he will not return from the war. In a parting moment, a young woman hired to "marry" vacationing soldiers, grasps the weight of the word "woe." When a failing farmer senselessly murders a wandering aborigine, he imperils his son but discovers in the spring of sympathy that follows the power to influence others. Wise and moving, startling and lyrical, " "Dream Stuff reverberates with the unpredictability of human experience, revealing people who are shaped by the mysterious rhythms of nature as well as the ghosts of their own pasts.

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Publisher Vintage Books USA
Mfg Part# 9780375724497
SKU 30814543
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0375724494
Release Date 4/10/2007
Physical
Dimensions (in Inches) 8H x 5.25L x 0.5T
Author Info
David Malouf
Born and reared in Australia, Malouf moved to Italy and has written both about Europe and Australia. His work is known primarily for lush descriptions of nature and a blending of time periods within a narrative. He has taught at various Australian universities, and has won numerous awards for his fiction.
Praise
"Deceptively homely in subject matter and conventional in technique, this collection ultimately adds up to something far more than the sum of its seemingly haphazard parts. An important and illuminating advance in Malouf's investigation of the Australian psyche, DREAM STUFF is a fit successor to the superb novels of the 1990s."
"...Malouf has an uncanny talent for taking material that could seem hackneyed and transforming it--through sheer eloquence--into something entirely stranger and more affecting than might have been thought possible."
"[T]houghtfully sequenced stories...packed with vivid description....The mystery of difference (and likeness, too) within the family is a recurring motif in these stories. Another favorite theme is the seductiveness of righteous ferocity, which is in truth repellent monstrosity."
"David Malouf's Australia...is a place of surprises and shifting possibilities....[T]hese nine stories show us that the continent is full of darkness too."
"Despite a clinched scene or two and a few epiphanies that fall a little flat, Malouf writes with grace, insight and a perfection of craft that transcends his subjects."
From the Publisher
Annotation Nine stories from an acclaimed Australian writer, this collection tells stories of violence, as in one tale in which a boy is murdered in a revenge killing, but the book also contains less gruesome stories, as in one detailing the party surrounding the birthday celebration of a family patriarch. A New York Times Notable Book for the year 2000.
Editors Note Here are nine haunting stories from the award-winning author of Remembering Babylon, in which history and geography, as well as the past and the present, combine and often collide, illuminating the landscape and revealing the character of Australia.An eleven-year-old boy sees his father in his own elongated shadow only to realize that he will not return from the war. In a parting moment, a young woman hired to “marry” vacationing soldiers, grasps the weight of the word “woe.” When a failing farmer senselessly murders a wandering aborigine, he imperils his son but discovers in the spring of sympathy that follows the power to influence others. Wise and moving, startling and lyrical, Dream Stuff reverberates with the unpredictability of human experience, revealing people who are shaped by the mysterious rhythms of nature as well as the ghosts of their own pasts.
Editors Note 2 A collection of nine powerful stories by the author of Remembering Babylon looks back on a half-century of life in Australia, introducing a cast of memorable characters that illuminate the character and landscape of Australia. Reprint. 12,500 first printing.
Editors Note 3 Here are nine haunting stories from the award-winning author of Remembering Babylon, in which history and geography, as well as the past and the present, combine and often collide, illuminating the landscape and revealing the character of Australia.An eleven-year-old boy sees his father in his own elongated shadow only to realize that he will not return from the war. In a parting moment, a young woman hired to ?marry? vacationing soldiers, grasps the weight of the word ?woe.? When a failing farmer senselessly murders a wandering aborigine, he imperils his son but discovers in the spring of sympathy that follows the power to influence others. Wise and moving, startling and lyrical,Dream Stuff reverberates with the unpredictability of human experience, revealing people who are shaped by the mysterious rhythms of nature as well as the ghosts of their own pasts.
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Number of Pages 0208
Publisher Vintage Books USA

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