Everyman's Rules for Scientific Living: A Novel (Google eBook)

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Simon and Schuster, May 16, 2006 - Fiction - 240 pages
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In this sensual, witty, and startlingly original first novel, Jean Finnegan searches for her place in a tumultuous world wracked by the Great Depression and the beginning of World War II. Carrie Tiffany captures the frailty and beauty of the human condition and vividly evokes the hope and disappointment of an era.

Billowing dust and information, the government "Better Farming Train" slides through the wheat fields and small towns of Australia, bringing advice to the people living on the land. The train is staffed by irresistibly eccentric agricultural and domestic experts, from Sister Crock, the prim head of "women's subjects," to Mr. Ohno, the Japanese chicken specialist, to Robert Pettergree, a scientist with an unusual taste for soil. Amid the swaying cars full of cows, pigs, and wheat, a strange and swift seduction occurs between Robert and Jean. In an atmosphere of heady scientific idealism they settle in the impoverished Mallee farmland with the ambition of transforming the land through science.

In luminous prose, Tiffany writes about the challenges of farming, the character of small towns, the stark and terrifying beauty of the Australian landscape, and the fragile relationships among man, science, and nature. Everyman's Rules for Scientific Living is a passionate and heartbreaking novel from an astonishing new writer.
  

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A love story from a different time, a time between world wars when optimism was high and science was the answer. Australia was a wide and untapped country ready to be revolutionized by technological ... Read full review

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Anyone with agriculture in their life could enjoy this - an honest celebration of challenge, hard work, success, failure, joy and pain. A beautifully told story - such imagination and detail. Read full review

Contents

The BetterFarming Train Brings
1
Frank Finnegans Fruit
13
10
85
11
95
13
107
14
113
15
125
Wing Fooks Mare
147
Sewing for the Fuller Figure
167
At War Again
175
Fire
183
The OneIn AllIn Train Brings War to the ManontheLand
189
Mr Ohnos Letters
197
At the Commercial
201
A Night of Soil
207
Sister Crock Proclaims the Men Fit
213

The Death of Folly
151
A Dodgy Merchant and His Dog
157
The Mallee Sunset
221
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Carrie Tiffany has won numerous prizes in Australia, including the Victorian Premier's Award for an Unpublished Manuscript and the Australian Book Review Short Fiction Award. In her early twenties she worked as a park ranger in the red center and now lives in Melbourne, where she works as an agricultural journalist. The Sydney Morning Herald named Everyman's Rules for Scientific Living debut of the year.

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