Despite Johnno’s assertion that Brisbane was absolutely the ugliest place in the world, I had the feeling as I walked across deserted intersections, past empty. Collector’s edition of the internationally award-winning poet and novelist’s debut novel, first published in It is the story of a young man growing up in. Johnno: A Novel [David Malouf] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Brought back to Australia by the death of his father, Dante is sorting.

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He watches the city change, he watches the nation change and he watches his friends change. Johnno was finally published by University of Queensland Press in Neither find in the other what they wanted. In reimagining many of the details of the short life of his childhood friend Johnny Millner, who drowned in the Condamine at age 28, Malouf draws on the Greek-inspired Nietzschean duality as represented by Apollo and Dionysus. I’m guessing the people who heap this praise are the same type of person as Not bad, but the more I read, the more I find that some authors have the same kind of voice.

It is set in post war Brisbane when the city was very much just a large country town. Who cares what label we put on that?

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An awkward attempt to reconnect results in Dante pouring Johnno into a taxi and sending him home, as he did so often in the past. I had mixed feelings for this novel, perhaps like Dante’s feelings towards Johnno, but overall I believe it was a decent book, very descriptive in some parts which I believed was a little too much for my liking but I really liked how it ended.

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David Malouf is a richly imaginative writer, philosophical and literary in the best sense.

Yes, Malouf writes evocative, graphic, visual sentences – though some I found over-long. From inside the book.

George Braziller; 1 edition March 1, Language: I was b I liked this. They were exciting, but exasperating, times for kids desperate to explore the world after the privations of wartime Australia. The person who is doing that is getting their perfect training to be a writer.

British Council Arts Group. Common terms and phrases afternoon Arran Avenue Australia began Bill Mahoney Binkie blue bridge Brisbane cafe called Cassie’s caught corner Courier-Mail Crispin crowd Dante dark David Malouf door dozen drink eyes father felt floor front fucking garden gesture girl glass gone Governor of Queensland hand happened head hiss hour huge Johnno Johnno told knew light looked Madam Mango metho Monastiraki Moreton Bay figs morning Moss’s mother mouth Musgrave Park never night Oil-Can once Paris past perhaps pile Pireus piss play Queen Street Queensland rat-bait recognised river round rows Scarborough seemed shoulders shouted shrugged silverbeet sitting sleep Soapy someone sort South Brisbane stairs stood suddenly tell things thought took tram tramstop turned verandah Victoria Bridge waited walked wall watched weatherboard week weekend whole window yards.

This edition includes some corrections and is limited to copies, bound in white cloth and printed on archival Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. I think for many Jhonno there is still that need. If you are a seller maloud this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Penguin Notes for Reading Groups.


This book is masterfully crafted.

There is a confliction in suburbia, and we must decide to either run or embrace it. Most writers have been through their own versions of these things, but Malouf translates it to the page better than most.


He never has a real, fixed address and contact is sporadic and unreliable. Johnno was fascinating to the author, but is he to the reader? It was meant to be about his friend Johnno, but was frustrating because the author knew so little about the man – what motivated him etc. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. They are characters that become intertwined, often in tension, and not often in harmony.

Yet in this difference I found a great deal of enjoyment.

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I remembered stories from my father from when he was growing up in the same town and time. Escape Artists and the Pursuit of Obscurity. It’s the gardens being so close.

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