Helen Garner and the Meaning of Everything
An improvisation on a number of themes by Helen Garner, on one level this book is a study of literary semiotics and linguistic meaning. More importantly perhaps, it's a careful picture of what it was like to be in Sydney, and living the life of the mind, during the Big Brother season of 2005."Almost absurdist, definitely brilliant... A delight to read".- Kerryn Goldsworthy, Sydney Morning Herald"A Da Vinci Code for clever people"- Sophie Gee, Sydney Morning Herald"It will probably become an Australian classic... could be described as an Australian Pilgrim's Progress... a great read."- Helen Hall, ABC 702 review"Fantastical cock and bull story... Part novel, part fantasy autobiography, part metaphysical fugue in the spirit of Lewis Carrol."- Geordie Williamson, The Australian"A farcical and slyly illuminating celebration of domesticity and more. The narrator - home-husband, grammarian (retired), endearingly grumpy old man - takes us on a Shandean dance towards Meaning that takes in everything from Saussure to Big Brother. Jones never puts a foot wrong."- David Malouf"A contemporary domestic idyll imbued with a droll wit, the record of a linguistic research trip to the heart of Helen Garner's verbal universe, several adventures in cookery, a schematic diagram of poetry, time, metaphor, the seasons and gender relations, a meditation on the meaning of meaning."- John Tranter
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