Dream Stuff by David Malouf
Stories

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Here are nine haunting stories from the award-winning author of Remembering Babylon, in which history and geography, as well as the past and the present, combine and often collide, illuminating the landscape and revealing the character of Australia.

An eleven-year-old boy sees his father in his own elongated shadow only to realize that he will not return from the war. In a parting moment, a young woman hired to “marry” vacationing soldiers, grasps the weight of the word “woe.” When a failing farmer senselessly murders a wandering aborigine, he imperils his son but discovers in the spring of sympathy that follows the power to influence others. Wise and moving, startling and lyrical, Dream Stuff reverberates with the unpredictability of human experience, revealing people who are shaped by the mysterious rhythms of nature as well as the ghosts of their own pasts.

 

About David Malouf

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David Malouf is the author of, among other works, ten novels, including Remembering Babylon, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1993, was named by Time as one of the best works of fiction for that year, and received the Los Angeles Times Book Award for Fiction in 1994.  Malouf divides his time between Australia and Tuscany.David Malouf's Child's Play, The Conversations at Curlow Creek, Fly Away Peter, The Great World, Harland's Half Acre, An Imaginary Life, and Remembering Babylon are available in paperback from Vintage Books.
 
Published January 1, 2000 by Pantheon. 224 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Of the nine stories gathered in Malouf's latest collection, most are excellent, and one--Great Day, the final entry--is outstanding. Elegantly structured and perfectly pitched, this is a long acco

May 29 2000 | Read Full Review of Dream Stuff: Stories

Asian Review of Books

... When I first picked up David Malouf's latest collection of stories, I thought they
concerned the Australia's indigenous people. The title, Dream ...

May 19 2002 | Read Full Review of Dream Stuff: Stories

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