Astley's Australian setting has "a touch of Diane Arbus" that suits her plucky, off-center heroine: sun, white sand, "a racing blue sky under which the whole of Brisbane bakes its prejudices." For Belle, reaching Tin River, "a townlet of terminal attractiveness," means arriving at the end of the line. She has cast off from her eccentric mother and absent father, her unsympathetic husband and unsatisfying work, the whole society with which she is out of sync, only to become adrift in the past. Belle's research into the life of Gaden Locker, whose turn-of-the-century diary hints at mysterious encounters, obsesses her to the point of madness and crack-up at Tin River, scene of Locker's last days. Only her mordant honesty, graced by wit, rescues Belle from cynicism and self-pity. The rustle of her intelligence disturbs every page. Author of the recently published Two by Astley ( LJ 5/15/88), Astley has been honored by the Patrick White and Miles Franklin awards.
- Mary Soete, San Diego P.L., Cal.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Aborted careers, a failed marriage and parental neglect drive emotionally needy outsider Belle to obsess over a long-dead settler named Gaden Lockyer as she approaches breakdown. According to PW, "Few writers can equal Astley in conveying the physical, social and moral landscape of Australia, or in scattering dazzling imagery on every page."
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Descrizione libro U.S.A.: Penguin Books, 1991. Soft cover. Condizione libro: Good. Codice libro della libreria ABE-2093103361987542594
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