Barley Patch

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Giramondo, 2009 - Australia - 265 pages
"The book begins with the question, 'Must I write?' What follows is a chronicle of the images that have endured in the author's mind, and an exploration of their nature. The clarity of the images is extraordinary, as is their range, from Mandrake the Magician to the bachelor uncle kicked in the 'stones' as a child, from the country's cousin's doll's house to the mysterious woman who lets her hair down, from the soldier beetle who winks messages from God to the racehorses that run forever in the author's mind, beyond the grasslands, to the place where the characters of fiction dwell before they come into existence in books."--Cover.

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An extremely inventive experimental novel, with a distinctive authorial voice. The back cover copy compares it to Calvino and Perec: the first is wrong, and the second is misleading. It's a book about ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Gerald Murname was born in Melbourne, Australia in 1939. In 1956, he matriculated from De La Salle College Malvern. He briefly trained for the Roman Catholic priesthood in 1957, but decided to become a teacher in primary schools from 1960 to 1968 and at the Victoria Racing Club's Apprentice Jockeys' School. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Melbourne in 1969, then worked in the Victorian Education Department until 1973. He is the author of numerous books including Tamarisk Row, A Lifetime on Clouds, The Plains, Landscape with Landscape, Inland, Velvet Waters, Emerald Blue, Invisible Yet Enduring Lilacs, Barley Patch, A History of Books, and A Million Windows. He won the Victorian Literary Award 2016 in the Nonfiction category for Something for the Pain: A Memoir of the Turf.

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