Born on a poor dairy farm in Queensland, Frank Harland's life is centred on his great artistic gift, his passionate love for his father and four brothers and his need to repossess, through a patch of land, his family's past.
Born on a poor dairy farm in Queensland, Frank Harland's life is centred on his great artistic gift, his passionate love for his father and four brothers and his need to repossess, through a patch of land, his family's past. The story spans Frank's life; from before the First World War, through years as a swaggie in the Great Depression and Brisbane in the forties, to his retirement to a patch of Australian scrub where he at last takes possession of his dream. Harland's Half Acre tells how a man sets out to recover the land his ancestors discovered and then lost and how, in fulfilment, this vision becomes a new reality.
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"A powerful, impressive book" * Observer * "David Malouf is one of Australia's most esteemed writers... Malouf often works on a broad canvas, portraying places, people and events in the panoramic context of history... [and] evoking the elusive interior worlds of his characters' perceptions" * Los Angeles Times * "[A] remarkable book, in which the realist and the dreamer are finally and excitingly fused" * New York Times * "A meditation, in the form of a novel, on the connection between life and art, by a talented Australian writer" * Washington Post *
About David Malouf
David Malouf is internationally recognised as one of Australia's finest writers. His novels include Johnno, An Imaginary Life, Harland's Half Acre, The Great World, which won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and the Prix Femina Etranger in 1991, and Remembering Babylon, which was shortlisted for the 1993 Booker Prize and won the inaugural IMPAC Dublin Literary Award in 1996. He has also written five collections of poetry and three opera libretti. He lives in Sydney.
Harland's Half Acre by David Malouf
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