'Us Circling Round and Round' : The Track of Narrative and the Ghosts of Lost Children in Such is Life Issue Details: First known date: 2007... 2007
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Martin argues that: 'Central to any understanding of the [Such Is Life] narrative is the sequence of lost child stories told in chapter five. These stories not only relate multi-level tales of tracking lost children, but also trace a plot and follow a narrative trail that emphasises the method of reading and hearing; of how meaning is made and recognised and delivered; of reader and writer following the same trail. The three tales rehearse the frustrations and failures of both narrative and tracking. They play with the possible sequences of romantic and realist narrative, and something else. They also function as a kind of map of the novel as a whole.' (p.79)


  • Epigraphs: I compare tracking to reading a letter written in a good business hand . . . You must no more confine yourself to actual tracks than you would expect to find each letter correctly formed. You must just lift the general meaning as you go. - Joseph Furphy, Such is Life (189)

    There is no difference between what a book talks about and how it is made. - Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, A Thousand Plateaus (4)

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    y JASAL Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature; Spectres, Screens, Shadows, Mirrors Special Issue Tanya Dalziell (editor), Paul Genoni (editor), 2007 Z1373275 2007 periodical issue 2007 pg. 77-93
    Note: Includes notes and list of works cited.
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