Editor's note: This chapter from our Book of the Month, published by the kind permission of Messrs. Angus and Robertson and the author, contains within it the seeds of the theme of Cyclone revealing Vance Palmer's artistic treatment, his sure feeling for character and atmosphere.
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'"Cyclone," his first novel for some years, is a story of conflict and emotional tension that reaches its climax and solution in a cyclonic storm.
'Brian Donnelly's friendship for Ross Halliday brings him from his farm to a seaside Queensland town and to the profitless venture of ferrying cargo on the coast. His wife, Fay, hates the shiftlessness and stagnation of the life they lead, fears Halliday's influence, and comes to believe that their happiness and their children's future are at stake. In this conflict of loyal ties and fears, the trip to Carney's River in the old unseaworthy "Gannet" becomes the crucial point; and the threat of the hurricane crystallizes Fay's anxieties and Brian's problem.'
'Cyclone', The South-Western News, 7 August 1947, p.6.