Dreams of Speaking

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Vintage, 2006 - Australian fiction - 213 pages
She wished to study the unremarked beauty of modern things, of telephones, aeroplanes, computer screens and electric lights, of television, cars and underground transportation. There had to be in the world of mechanical efficiency some mystery of transaction, the summoning of remote meanings, an extra dimension - supernatural, sure. There had to be a lost sublimity, of something once strange, now familiar, tame.' 'We must talk, Alice Black, about this world of modern things. This buzzing world.' Alice is entranced by the aesthetics of technology and, in every aeroplane flight, every Xerox machine, every neon sign, sees the poetry of modernity. Mr Sakamoto, a survivor of the atomic bomb, is an expert on Alexander Graham Bell. Like Alice, he is culturally and geographically displaced. The pair forge an unlikely friendship as Mr Sakamoto regales Alice with stories of twentieth-century invention. His own knowledge begins to inform her writing, and these two solitary beings become a mutual support for each other a long way from home. This novel from prize-winning author Gail Jones is distinguished in its honesty and intelligence. From the boundlessness of space walking to the frustrating constrictions of one person's daily existence, DREAMS OF SPEAKING paints with grace and skill the experience of needing to belong despite wanting to be alone.

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34. Dreams of Speaking by Gail Jones (2006, 214 pages, Read May 29 – Jun 6) I read her book [Sorry] years ago and it was an odd experience where I didn't love the book, but was really struck by the ... Read full review

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34. Dreams of Speaking by Gail Jones (2006, 214 pages, Read May 29 – Jun 6) I read her book [Sorry] years ago and it was an odd experience where I didn't love the book, but was really struck by the ... Read full review

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About the author (2006)

Gail Jones was born in 1955 in Harvey, Australia. She was educated at the University of Western Australia. She is Professor of Writing in the Writing and Society Research School at the University of Western Australia. She is the author of two short-story collections, and a critical monograph. Her novels include Black Mirror, Sixty Lights, Dreams of Speaking, Sorry, and A Guide to Berlin, which won the 2016 Colin Roderick Award and the HT Priestley Medal.

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