Remembering Babylon by David Malouf

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The award-winning author of The Great World creates a world of eternal divisions in the story of thirteen-year-old Gemmy Fairley, cast ashore and adopted by Australian aborigines during the mid-1840s. 17,500 first printing. $20,000 ad/promo. Tour.
 

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David Malouf is the author of ten novels and six volumes of poetry. His novel "The Great World" was awarded both the COmmonwelath Prize and the Prix Femina Etranger, and "Remembering Babylon "was short-listed for the Booker Prize. He has also received the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Award. He lives in Australia. "From the Hardcover edition.
 
Published January 1, 1993 by Pantheon. 200 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Meanwhile, his presence among the McIvor children has proved a turning point for them, as they witness both Gemmy's innocence and the barbarity of others, and in the process the whole family becomes increasingly open to the subtle natural wonders of their new homeland.

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A shipwrecked British cabin boy is raised by Australian Aborigines in this novel shortlisted for the Booker Prize.

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He becomes the center of attention among the local farming folk, mostly immigrants from Scotland and the North Country, already overwhelmed by their solitude in this hot, strange land, and convinced that the primitive original inhabitants will slaughter them if they drop their guard for a moment.

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The Independent

This is best illustrated here in the stunningly realised sequence where young Janet McIvor, straying near a hive, finds herself totally covered in a 'plushy, alive fur' of bees: in those moments of unbreathing, stock-still surrender, she feels that her mind has become one with the 'communally sin...

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The Independent

Taken in by the McIvor family - Lachlan, his uncle, aunt and their two daughters - pronounced harmless and set to work at household chores, Gemmy swiftly becomes an object of suspicion.

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London Review of Books

The McIvors’ nearest neighbour and friend, Barney Mason, is particularly anxious, and his unscrupulous roust-about, Andy McKillop, who sees two black men visit Gemmy and talk with him, plays on these fears.

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