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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. Collector’s edition of the internationally award-winning poet and novelist’s debut novel, first published in It is the story of a young man growing up in. Johnno: A Novel [David Malouf] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Brought back to Australia by the death of his father, Dante is sorting.

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It was Malouf’s first novel. References to this book Everyday Conceptions of Emotion: This does not read like a first novel, but more like the work of a seasoned writer who is now looking back at some early experiences and weaving them into this story. Accept with the same lift of his shoulders any punishment.

Within my understanding, then, this story is about a deep, abiding and often johnnoo love between two men which was not characterised by being sexual but was probably the full extent of either of their capacity for love and commitment.

Angela M Glad that you enjoyed some aspects of it, Sharon. Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc. For many Australian men both wars however hideous in outcomes were in the beginning spelt escape and freedom.

If I had meant to write a gay novel I would have done so. And the vivid and emotional references to Brisbane – our climate, our vegetation, our landmarks, our culture and habits, our people – strongly evoke the sense of our city, its smells and sounds and character, its very soul. Which might just be the point. The boyhood ,alouf of the charge has disintegrated into a caricature while his admiring follower seems to have grown up.


There is a huge amount of detail in the book and I treat that detail as if it were in a poem, so that there is something sensuously felt and emblematic of something larger.

People suffered here without significance. There is very little of a clear plot in this book. It’s hard to criticize a master writer like Malouf, but this book left me wanting something more. It resonated with me because it is about kids growing up and getting into trouble boys will be boys in Brisbane during the Second World War. He has also written the libretto for Richard Meale’s opera, “Voss. Jan 30, Cheryl rated it liked it. Since then, he has published eight poetry collections, eight novels, an autobiography and a play.

There is a confliction in suburbia, and we must decide to either run or embrace it. Share your thoughts with other customers.

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Only Malouf could be telling the story of two youths and, virtually on the same page, effortlessly synthesize the realities of Australian experience with European philosophical themes, and connect them amlouf to the whole tangled mess of our national identity.

Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Malouf’s first published work was “Interiors” in Johnno has a fatal accident rather than be captured. Dec 26, Cass Moriarty rated it really liked it. There is a precise art to this. He wasted a life, did little except drink and burn churches?

Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. Account Options Sign in. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? I found it on maalouf bookshelf years later and re-read it. The story unfolded through his reminiscences. The main character seemed to lack empathy – but was this the intention? If there was more to tell about these characters I would have told it. His shocking behavior awes some, annoys others, and provokes a good many more.


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Johnno is a little gem, a wonderful chronicling of a young man’s coming of age, and his relationship with Johnno, a slightly troubled young man, in Brisbane right after World War II. This is a deeply personal little book, filled with the poignant and sometimes contradictory emotions that often come with reflection upon people and places once known. Nov 26, Kali Napier rated it really liked it. Did we just think it?

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It’s only a small book, so that is a fairly significant portion of the book. Johnnno Conversations at Curlow Creek.

Above all, though, he is thoroughly unforgettable. As the story progresses, of course, some of Johnno’s deeper and darker currents begin to surface. For most of the book, it seem like Johnno is Dante’s sole social outlet and personal adviser.

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It’s an enjoyable book that I highly recommend. They have grown up in different versions of a suburban home and it has sculpted them into the young men they become. In the meantime I sat as quietly as possible while the other students recounted the many merits, crucial characters, events and plot developments that you notice when you read an entire book.