The Great World by David Malouf
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Every city, town and village has its memorial to war. Nowhere are these more eloquent than in Australia, generations of whose young men have enlisted to fight other people's battles - from Gallipoli and the Somme to Malaya and Vietnam. In "The Great World", his finest novel yet, David Malouf gives a voice to that experience. But "The Great World" is more than a novel of war. Ranging over seventy years of Australian life, from Sydney's teeming King's Cross to the tranquil backwaters of the Hawkesbury River, it is a remarkable novel of self-knowledge and lost innocence, of survival and witness.
 

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David Malouf was born in 1934 in Brisbane, Australia. He attended Brisbane Grammar School and graduated from the University of Queensland. Malouf's first published work was "Interiors" in 1962. Since then, he has published eight poetry collections, eight novels, an autobiography and a play. He has also written the libretto for Richard Meale's opera, "Voss." He has been awarded the Prix Femina Etranger, the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and the Pascall Prize. David Malouf uses life in Australia as a major theme in his work, with much of his fiction recreating his childhood in Brisbane.
 
Published January 1, 1990 by Chatto & Windus. 330 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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but then when Mac, a fellow prisoner, is killed in a fight between Mac and one of his Japanese guards, Vic feels himself slip in another life--a life he never should have lived, marked on his return home by his loss of Lucille Warrender to a Yank and his marriage to her sister Ellie, his futile a...

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. Australian Malouf's study of the intense and uneasy relationship between two men from the Depression to World War II. (Oct.)

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His prose is never less than quietly sure, and when he rises to a major scene--as when Vic heals Digger's disease-ravaged legs in a Thai river, or Digger has a vision of the sweet sanctity of everyday civilian life--he rises to poetic heights.

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. Australian Malouf's study of the intense and uneasy relationship between two men from the Depression to World War II. (Oct.)

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In The World of Nagaraj he shows how an ineffectual man lives with his ineffectuality.

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