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Issue Details: First known date: 1997 1997
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AbstractHistoryArchive Description

In Australia, eight children who met during an eclipse of the sun, are reunited as adults in an eclipse of the moon. The individual stories of these eight reflect the evolution of Australian thought over the last half century on such topics as sexual freedom and the Yellow Peril.

Notes

  • Epigraph: Many countries, many stories, many lies (Aboriginal cameleerTom Ljonga in conversation with anthropologist T. G. H. Strehlow, 1932.
  • Dedication: for Rosemary Creswell
  • Other formats: Also sound recording.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Macmillan , 1997 .
      Extent: 495p.
      ISBN: 0732908922
    • London,
      c
      England,
      c
      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Picador , 1997 .
      Extent: 495p.
      Reprinted: 1998 with ISBN 0330360442
      ISBN: 0330352717
    • New York (City), New York (State),
      c
      United States of America (USA),
      c
      Americas,
      :
      St. Martin's Press , 1998 .
      Extent: 495p.
      Edition info: 1st U.S. ed.
      Note/s:
      • A Wyatt book
      ISBN: 031218073X
Alternative title: Shou wang zhe
Language: Chinese
    • Chongqing,
      c
      China,
      c
      East Asia, South and East Asia, Asia,
      :
      Chongqing chu ban she , 2000 .
      Extent: 4, 572 pp.
      Edition info: Di 1 ban
      Note/s:
      • Aodaliya wen xue zuo pin xuan
      ISBN: 7536650329

Works about this Work

Who are the Custodians? 沈嘉蔚 , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 63 no. 1 2003; (p. 154-161)
Ambivalent Oppositionality : David Malouf's Fly Away Peter - A European View Marc Delrez , 2002 single work criticism
— Appears in: Missions of Interdependence : A Literary Directory 2002; (p. 275-284)
The Cosmopolitan Pastoral : The Paddock, the Novel, and the Nation Robert Beardwood , 2001 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies in the 21st Century 2001; (p. [10]-20)

Using Murray Bail's Eucalyptus and Nicholas Jose's The Custodians Robert Beardwood shows how Australian writing reflects concerns of claims to place and tensions between longing and belonging, Australian place and Australian identity at the end of the 20th century.

'Taming Distance' : Cross-Cultural Connections in the Work of Nicholas Jose Marc Delrez , 2001 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Journal of Commonwealth Literature , vol. 36 no. 1 2001; (p. 45-57)
The articles discusses the treatment and presentation of China in Jose's novels, on the background of the tradition of imaginative engagement with Asia by other Australian authors. It argues that although Jose subscribes at times both to the myth of Asia's mystery and to cliches of oriental mysticism, his work differs from previous generations of Australian novelists in that the author looks to the possibility of "Sino-Australian symbiosis" as part of a desirable, if utopian, aim. Thus his work testifies to a shift in emphasis in respect of cross-cultural pursuits and the post-colonial stance, possibly subverting the notion of a unitary national identity.
La Trobe University Essay : vanishing points : an essay on the work of Nicholas Jose Evelyn Juers , 2000 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , December-January (2000-2001) no. 227 2000; (p. 41-46)
What's Policy Got to Do with It? Cultural Policy and Forms of Writing Cathy Greenfield , Peter Williams , 1999 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literature and the Public Sphere : Refereed Proceedings of the 1998 [ASAL] Conference 1999; (p. 33-43)
Paperbacks Angela Bennie , 1998 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 23 May 1998; (p. 12)

— Review of The Custodians Nicholas Jose 1997 single work novel
Fiction : Novel Tackles Big Issues Peter Wolfe , 1998 single work review
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 12 no. 2 1998; (p. 114-115)

— Review of The Custodians Nicholas Jose 1997 single work novel
Well Connected and Dissected Patricia Rolfe , 1997 single work column biography
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 29 July vol. 116 no. 6082 1997; (p. 74)
Subject Matters Jason Steger , 1997 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 5 October 1997; (p. 8)
Landscape of Memory Nikki Barrowclough , 1997 single work biography
— Appears in: Good Weekend , 12 July 1997; (p. 24-28)
The Stripes on the Child Gerard Windsor , 1997 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian's Review of Books , November vol. 2 no. 10 1997; (p. 20-21)

— Review of A Race across Burning Soil Clare Mendes 1997 single work novel ; Lovesong Elizabeth Jolley 1997 single work novel ; The Custodians Nicholas Jose 1997 single work novel
Custodian of the Past Christopher Bantick , 1997 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 12 July 1997; (p. C11)

— Review of The Custodians Nicholas Jose 1997 single work novel
Eight Go Adventuring in Adelaide Morag Fraser , 1997 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 19 July 1997; (p. 9s)

— Review of The Custodians Nicholas Jose 1997 single work novel
Out of the Shadow of White A. P. Riemer , 1997 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , July no. 192 1997; (p. 32-33)

— Review of The Custodians Nicholas Jose 1997 single work novel
Custodians of National Conscience Come with the Territory Janet Chimonyo , 1997 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 27 July 1997; (p. 8)

— Review of The Custodians Nicholas Jose 1997 single work novel
Many Paths of Maturing Youth Katharine England , 1997 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 26 July 1997; (p. 13)

— Review of The Custodians Nicholas Jose 1997 single work novel
The Great Australian Panorama Rosser Street , 1997 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 2-3 August 1997; (p. rev 7)

— Review of The Custodians Nicholas Jose 1997 single work novel
Searching Look at All of Us Herb Hild , 1997 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 9 August 1997; (p. wkd 7)

— Review of The Custodians Nicholas Jose 1997 single work novel
Guardians of the Human Story Barry Hill , 1997 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 20 September 1997; (p. 11)

— Review of The Custodians Nicholas Jose 1997 single work novel
The Stripes on the Child Gerard Windsor , 1997 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian's Review of Books , November vol. 2 no. 10 1997; (p. 20-21)

— Review of A Race across Burning Soil Clare Mendes 1997 single work novel ; Lovesong Elizabeth Jolley 1997 single work novel ; The Custodians Nicholas Jose 1997 single work novel
Custodian of the Past Christopher Bantick , 1997 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 12 July 1997; (p. C11)

— Review of The Custodians Nicholas Jose 1997 single work novel
Eight Go Adventuring in Adelaide Morag Fraser , 1997 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 19 July 1997; (p. 9s)

— Review of The Custodians Nicholas Jose 1997 single work novel
Out of the Shadow of White A. P. Riemer , 1997 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , July no. 192 1997; (p. 32-33)

— Review of The Custodians Nicholas Jose 1997 single work novel
Custodians of National Conscience Come with the Territory Janet Chimonyo , 1997 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 27 July 1997; (p. 8)

— Review of The Custodians Nicholas Jose 1997 single work novel
Many Paths of Maturing Youth Katharine England , 1997 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 26 July 1997; (p. 13)

— Review of The Custodians Nicholas Jose 1997 single work novel
The Great Australian Panorama Rosser Street , 1997 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 2-3 August 1997; (p. rev 7)

— Review of The Custodians Nicholas Jose 1997 single work novel
Searching Look at All of Us Herb Hild , 1997 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 9 August 1997; (p. wkd 7)

— Review of The Custodians Nicholas Jose 1997 single work novel
Guardians of the Human Story Barry Hill , 1997 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 20 September 1997; (p. 11)

— Review of The Custodians Nicholas Jose 1997 single work novel
Ash in the Bitter Wind Hal Jensen , 1997 single work review
— Appears in: The Times Literary Supplement , 3 October no. 4931 1997; (p. 21)

— Review of The Custodians Nicholas Jose 1997 single work novel
Paperbacks Angela Bennie , 1998 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 23 May 1998; (p. 12)

— Review of The Custodians Nicholas Jose 1997 single work novel
Fiction : Novel Tackles Big Issues Peter Wolfe , 1998 single work review
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 12 no. 2 1998; (p. 114-115)

— Review of The Custodians Nicholas Jose 1997 single work novel
The Cosmopolitan Pastoral : The Paddock, the Novel, and the Nation Robert Beardwood , 2001 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies in the 21st Century 2001; (p. [10]-20)

Using Murray Bail's Eucalyptus and Nicholas Jose's The Custodians Robert Beardwood shows how Australian writing reflects concerns of claims to place and tensions between longing and belonging, Australian place and Australian identity at the end of the 20th century.

Who are the Custodians? 沈嘉蔚 , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 63 no. 1 2003; (p. 154-161)
Well Connected and Dissected Patricia Rolfe , 1997 single work column biography
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 29 July vol. 116 no. 6082 1997; (p. 74)
Subject Matters Jason Steger , 1997 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 5 October 1997; (p. 8)
Landscape of Memory Nikki Barrowclough , 1997 single work biography
— Appears in: Good Weekend , 12 July 1997; (p. 24-28)
La Trobe University Essay : vanishing points : an essay on the work of Nicholas Jose Evelyn Juers , 2000 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , December-January (2000-2001) no. 227 2000; (p. 41-46)
'Taming Distance' : Cross-Cultural Connections in the Work of Nicholas Jose Marc Delrez , 2001 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Journal of Commonwealth Literature , vol. 36 no. 1 2001; (p. 45-57)
The articles discusses the treatment and presentation of China in Jose's novels, on the background of the tradition of imaginative engagement with Asia by other Australian authors. It argues that although Jose subscribes at times both to the myth of Asia's mystery and to cliches of oriental mysticism, his work differs from previous generations of Australian novelists in that the author looks to the possibility of "Sino-Australian symbiosis" as part of a desirable, if utopian, aim. Thus his work testifies to a shift in emphasis in respect of cross-cultural pursuits and the post-colonial stance, possibly subverting the notion of a unitary national identity.
What's Policy Got to Do with It? Cultural Policy and Forms of Writing Cathy Greenfield , Peter Williams , 1999 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literature and the Public Sphere : Refereed Proceedings of the 1998 [ASAL] Conference 1999; (p. 33-43)
Ambivalent Oppositionality : David Malouf's Fly Away Peter - A European View Marc Delrez , 2002 single work criticism
— Appears in: Missions of Interdependence : A Literary Directory 2002; (p. 275-284)

Awards

1998 shortlisted International Awards Commonwealth Writers Prize South-East Asia and South Pacific Region
Last amended 7 Feb 2005 16:16:19
Settings:
  • Adelaide, South Australia,
  • Queensland,
  • Sydney, New South Wales,
  • North East South Australia, Far North South Australia, South Australia,
  • Bush,
  • Urban,
  • 1950s
  • 1960s
  • 1970s
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