Nineteen Eighty Eight

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St. Martin's Press, Mar 15, 1998 - Fiction - 314 pages
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Gordon wants out. A failed writer and "bottleshop boy, " he wants to escape from his overcrowded house, from Brisbane, from the bicentennial, from everything. He stumbles into Wayne, who has connections and the promise of work, and they head north. Without a map. Their destination: Cape Don, a weather station on a secluded peninsula, where they hope to find solitude and artistic inspiration. What they don't realize is that they'll be stuck in a run-down shack amid a crocodile-infested swamp, on the most isolated point of the Australian continent, with only a few unimpressed locals for company. Gordon and Wayne travel thousands of miles and still don't get anywhere, but their hilarious descent into madness, described in McGahan's deadpan prose, gives us a new understanding of youth, alienation, and failed dreams.

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Review: 1988

User Review  - University Library - Xavier University - Goodreads

Think of it as a Gen X Heart of Darkness that takes place in a remote Australian mangrove instead of on the Congo. A young Aussie, wasting his life away in Brisbane, signs up with an acquaintance to ... Read full review

Review: 1988

User Review  - Beckie - Goodreads

you'd think reading about other people's incredibly pointless lives (6 months spent drinking at a remote weather station) would make me feel better about my own, but i just ended up feeling even more ... Read full review

About the author (1998)

Andrew McGahan is the author of Praise, which won the prestigous Vogel Award and became a cult bestseller down under. McGahan lives in his native Queensland, Australia.

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