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y The Time We Have Taken single work   novel  
Is part of Glenroy Series Steven Carroll 2001 series - author novel (number 3 in series)
Issue Details: First known date: 2007... 2007 The Time We Have Taken
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'One suburban morning in Summer 1970, Peter van Rijn, proprietor of the television and wireless shop, realises that his suburb is 100 years old. He contacts the Mayor, who assembles a Committee, and celebrations are eagerly planned. That same morning, just a few streets way, Rita is awakened by a dream of her husband's snores. It is years since Vic moved north, and left their house of empty silences, yet his life remains bound up with hers. Their son, too, has moved on - Michael is at university, exploring new ideas and the heady world of grown-up love. Yet Rita still stubbornly stays in the old street, unable to imagine leaving the house she has tended so lovingly for so long. Instead she has taken on the care of another house as well - that of the widowed Mrs Webster, owner of the suburb's landmark factory, now in decline. As these lives entwine, and the Committee commissions its centenary mural and prepares to commemorate Progress, History - in the shape of the new, post-war generation represented by Michael and his friends - is heading straight for them...'

(Source: Publisher's blurb)

Notes

  • Dedication: To the memory of William Francis Carroll (1917-1984) and to Jean Irene Carroll (nee Williams) born 1921.
  • Featured by the BIG Book Club, an initiative supported by the Advertiser in partnership with Arts SA, The Australia Council for the Arts, South Australian public libraries and FIVEAA to promote a love of reading, discussion and literature, May, 2007
  • Other formats: Also sound recording.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Pymble, Turramurra - Pymble - St Ives area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Fourth Estate , 2007 .
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      Extent: 327p.
      ISBN: 0732278368, 9780732278366
    • Pymble, Turramurra - Pymble - St Ives area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Fourth Estate , 2012 .
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      Extent: 416p.
      Note/s:
      • Published 18/12/2012
      ISBN: 9781743099704
Alternative title: Die Zeit, die wir uns nahmen : Roman
Language: German
    • Munich,
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      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Liebeskind ,
      2009 .
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      Extent: 364p.
      ISBN: 9783935890588

Works about this Work

The View from Above from Below : Novel, Suburb, Cosmos Brigid Rooney , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Humanities Review , November no. 60 2016;
Colonising Time : Steven Carroll’s Reinvention of Suburbia Brigid Rooney , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 13 no. 2 2013;
'Suburbia is a familiar topos in Australian fiction. Its address to colonisation is mostly oblique, yielded through its focus on the inauthenticity and restlessness of a settler modernity typically sourced in the white Anglo culture of pre 1970s decades. Yet the actual suburbs of postwar Australia are multiplicitous and shifting, always in tension with the imagined terrain of fictional suburbia. My paper explores literary suburbs as constituted by a complex set of orientations towards the real and the imagined. It reads the ways that Steven Carroll’s fictional suburbia indexes real world localities, while simultaneously serving as locus for reinvention of the novel in Australia, through forms of interior consciousness and temporality affiliated with European models of literary modernism. In Spirit of Progress (2011), Carroll's narrative engages with classic Anglo-Australian suburbia as a representational field, working with and against the real of history, even as it mines the seam of suburbia as a site of both colonization and forgetting, and of longing and return.' (Author's abstract)
Celebrating Suburbia Nathanael O'Reilly , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Exploring Suburbia: The Suburbs in the Contemporary Australian Novel 2012; (p. 303-334)
Finding Meaning in the Mundane Lyndall Nairn , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Antipodes , June vol. 23 no. 1 2009; (p. 94-95)

— Review of The Time We Have Taken Steven Carroll 2007 single work novel
The Time is Nigh for Winner Jason Steger , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 14 March 2008; (p. 7)
Progress of Small Moments Debra Adelaide , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 17-18 February 2007; (p. 12-13)

— Review of The Time We Have Taken Steven Carroll 2007 single work novel
Untitled Clive Tilsley , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , February vol. 86 no. 6 2007; (p. 40)

— Review of The Time We Have Taken Steven Carroll 2007 single work novel
A Meditation on Time Katharine England , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 3 March 2007; (p. 12)

— Review of The Time We Have Taken Steven Carroll 2007 single work novel
Melancholy in Suburban Speed Peter Pierce , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 3 March 2007; (p. 13)

— Review of The Time We Have Taken Steven Carroll 2007 single work novel
The Spaces That a Suburb Failed to Fill Michael McGirr , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 3 March 2007; (p. 23)

— Review of The Time We Have Taken Steven Carroll 2007 single work novel
Momoko Revisited Jason Steger , 2006 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 23 December 2006; (p. 23)
Present Tense With Meaning Deborah Bogle , 2007 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 10 March 2007; (p. 13)
Life and Times in Suburbia Deborah Bogle , 2007 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 5 May 2007; (p. 46)
The Poet of Suburbia Christopher Bantick , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 12 - 13 May 2007; (p. 23)
Author's Suburban Saga Takes the Slow Road to Success Susan Wyndham , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 14 March 2008; (p. 14)
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