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y Three Persons Make a Tiger single work   novel   satire  
Issue Details: First known date: 1968 1968
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The plot of the novel is a fanciful variation on the legend of the Monkey King. In Stivens's recasting of the tale, the ingenious and rebellious Monkey is sent by the Immortals on a redemptive mission to the Southern Continent, charged with the task of bringing four saints back to the Jade Emperor and the Buddha. Accompanied by the gross Pigsy, Monkey lands in what is plainly a satirical representation of 1960s Australia to commence a series of adventures in the manner of Gulliver's Travels (1726) or Candide (1759). He can find only two potential saints on the entire continent: Jed Kell Lee (a miraculous resurrection of the nineteenth century bushranger Ned Kelly) and Gros Simonyi, a wise and humble old man recently arrived from Europe. Monkey therefore extends his search to a whole range of contemporary societies--satirical versions of nations such as the United States, Britain and South Africa. (Harry Heseltine 'Dal Stivens December 31, 1911-June 15, 1997', Dictionary of Literary Biography, Volume 260: Australian Writers, 1915-1950. (2002)).

Notes

  • For Winifred, Marla and Christopher
  • Epigraph: san jen ch'eng hu Three persons make a tiger (Fiction repeated often enough will be taken for fact. Han Fei Tzu asked the King of Wei, 'Suppose someone should tell you that a tiger was prowling in the market, would you believe him? King Wei answered, 'No, certainly not.' 'And if a second person should come and tell you the same thing?' The reply was, 'Then I would still be sceptical.' 'If a third person should confirm this?' 'Then I would be inclined to believe it,' said the King.)

    A white stork in the clouds cannot be trapped by a net spread for sparrows. Chinese proverb.

    tzu fei yu an chih le

    You not being a fish yourself, how can you tell that the fish is happy?

    (A conversation in Chuang Tzu runs thus: Wei Tzu said to Chuang Tzu, 'You not being a fish yourself, how can you tell that the fish is happy?' Chuang Tzu replied, 'You not being I, how do you know that I do not know that the fish is happy?')

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Cheshire , 1968 .
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      Extent: 202,[1]p.p.
      Note/s:
      • Author's Preface: Readers are impatient with prefaces but one is essential to provide the background to the discovery by Dr Tzu Hsu of Sydney of a hitherto unpublished and important Chinese manuscript, The Pilgrimage to the South, by an unknown writer, Wu Yu. With some indispensable help from Dr Tzu Hsu, I have translated this allegorical fairy tale which I have elected to call Three Persons Make a Tiger - which was Wu Yu's subtitle. ... (xi-xvi).

Works about this Work

Searching for Saints 1968 single work column
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 2 March vol. 89 no. 4591 1968; (p. 5,8)
Recent Novels John McLaren , 1968 single work review
— Appears in: Overland , Summer (1968-1969) no. 40 1968; (p. 39-41)

— Review of Montgomery and I Geoff Baker 1968 single work novel ; The Chantic Bird David Ireland 1968 single work novel ; Three Persons Make a Tiger Dal Stivens 1968 single work novel ; Count Your Dead : A Novel of Vietnam John Rowe 1968 single work novel ; A Boat Load of Home Folk Thea Astley 1968 single work novel ; Tell Morning This Kylie Tennant 1967 single work novel ; The Wine of God's Anger Kenneth Cook 1968 single work novel
Untitled Nancy Keesing , 1968 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , April vol. 7 no. 6 1968; (p. 115)

— Review of Three Persons Make a Tiger Dal Stivens 1968 single work novel
Naughtiness of a Very Odd Sort Brian Kiernan , 1968 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 6 April 1968; (p. 14)

— Review of Three Persons Make a Tiger Dal Stivens 1968 single work novel
Welcome Mutation Frank King , 1968 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 20 April vol. 90 no. 4598 1968; (p. 68)

— Review of Three Persons Make a Tiger Dal Stivens 1968 single work novel
Untitled Stuart Sayers , 1968 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 26 October 1968; (p. 12)

— Review of Three Persons Make a Tiger Dal Stivens 1968 single work novel
Mr Kiernan Missed Satire A. D. Hope , 1968 single work correspondence
— Appears in: The Australian , 22 April 1968; (p. 8)
Letter to the Editor Brian Kiernan , 1968 single work correspondence
— Appears in: The Australian , 8 May 1968; (p. 8)
Merit of Scatological Writing 1968 single work correspondence
— Appears in: The Australian , 8 May 1968; (p. 8)
Recent Novels John McLaren , 1968 single work review
— Appears in: Overland , Summer (1968-1969) no. 40 1968; (p. 39-41)

— Review of Montgomery and I Geoff Baker 1968 single work novel ; The Chantic Bird David Ireland 1968 single work novel ; Three Persons Make a Tiger Dal Stivens 1968 single work novel ; Count Your Dead : A Novel of Vietnam John Rowe 1968 single work novel ; A Boat Load of Home Folk Thea Astley 1968 single work novel ; Tell Morning This Kylie Tennant 1967 single work novel ; The Wine of God's Anger Kenneth Cook 1968 single work novel
Untitled Nancy Keesing , 1968 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , April vol. 7 no. 6 1968; (p. 115)

— Review of Three Persons Make a Tiger Dal Stivens 1968 single work novel
Naughtiness of a Very Odd Sort Brian Kiernan , 1968 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 6 April 1968; (p. 14)

— Review of Three Persons Make a Tiger Dal Stivens 1968 single work novel
Welcome Mutation Frank King , 1968 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 20 April vol. 90 no. 4598 1968; (p. 68)

— Review of Three Persons Make a Tiger Dal Stivens 1968 single work novel
Untitled Stuart Sayers , 1968 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 26 October 1968; (p. 12)

— Review of Three Persons Make a Tiger Dal Stivens 1968 single work novel
Searching for Saints 1968 single work column
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 2 March vol. 89 no. 4591 1968; (p. 5,8)
Mr Kiernan Missed Satire A. D. Hope , 1968 single work correspondence
— Appears in: The Australian , 22 April 1968; (p. 8)
Letter to the Editor Brian Kiernan , 1968 single work correspondence
— Appears in: The Australian , 8 May 1968; (p. 8)
Merit of Scatological Writing 1968 single work correspondence
— Appears in: The Australian , 8 May 1968; (p. 8)
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