David Malouf recalls his first journey to northern Australia, to the Valley of Lagoons in Far North Queensland. The memoir includes the opening pages of a previously unpublished afterword to Fly Away Peter.
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yGriffith ReviewUp North : Myths, Threats and Enchantmentno.9Spring2005Z12263312005periodical issue 2005
yA Revealed Life : Australian Writers and Their Journeys in MemoirJulianne Schultz
Sydney:ABC Books,2007Z13947892007anthology autobiography 'Join forty of Australia's best storytellers in A Revealed Life, an intimate anthology of the moments and events that have shaped their lives between the bookends of birth and death ... A Revealed Life showcases the very best contemporary memoir pieces as published in the literary and public affairs quarterly, Griffith Review.' -- Back cover.Sydney:ABC Books,2007
'A collection of personal essays and writing from David Malouf to celebrate his 80th birthday.
'Topography, geography, history. Multiculturalism, referendums, the constitution and national occasions. Parental and grandparental romances, the sensual and bountiful beauty of Brisbane, the mysterious offerings of Queenslander houses, and leaving home. The idea of a nation and the heart of its people. Being Australian and Australia's relationship to the world. Putting ourselves on the map.
'All these subjects, and more, are explored from the generous, questioning and original perspective of David Malouf.
'At the heart of these pieces is the idea of home, where and what it is. What they illustrate is the formation of a man, an Australian and one of the best writers this country has produced.' (Publisher's blurb)
yFly Away PeterThe Bread of Time to ComeDavid Malouf,
London:Chatto and Windus,1982Z221231982single work novella war literature (taught in 14 units)'For three very different people brought together by their love for birds, life on the Queensland coast in 1914 is the timeless and idyllic world of sandpipers, ibises and kingfishers. In another hemisphere civilization rushes headlong into a brutal conflict. Life there is lived from moment to moment. Inevitably, the two young men - sanctuary owner and employee - are drawn to the war, and into the mud and horror of the trenches of Armentieres. Alone on the beach, their friend Imogen, the middle-aged wildlife photographer, must acknowledge for all three of them that the past cannot be held.' (Source: Publisher's website)