Nineteen Eighty Eight

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Macmillan, 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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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
13
Section 3
19
Section 4
34
Section 5
44
Section 6
54
Section 7
61
Section 8
69
Section 22
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Section 23
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Section 24
182
Section 25
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Section 26
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Section 27
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Section 28
204
Section 29
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Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
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Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 15
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Section 16
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Section 17
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Section 18
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Section 19
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Section 20
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Section 21
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Section 30
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Section 31
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Section 32
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Section 33
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Section 34
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Section 35
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Section 36
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Section 37
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Section 38
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Section 39
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Section 40
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Section 41
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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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