I love short stories; I used to buy up any collection I could come across…Hemingway, Maugham, Carver. Now, I am not quite ready to put Malouf on this same pedestal but he has put together a solid collection of stories.
Family and isolation are recurring themes in this book, and from what I can gather in Australian literature as well. Various wars also weave their way through the generations and characters; WW2, Korea, Vietnam in obvious form but as well the cultural war between aborigine and white and man in general with nature.
The writing is fluid and clear, each story presenting in concise form a beautiful snap shot of life and human nature. There is a certain nostalgia that tugs at the author’s heart; we can feel him pulling us into his past, his country’s past but with care and compassion. Sometimes our glasses are rose tinted, a yearning for simpler times, but always grounded in the realities of the moment.
Book 12 of 100 was another great read, so happy to have found this author in a local bookshop.
Next up: Russia!