AustLit logo
y separately published work icon The Island of Four Rivers single work   novel   humour  
Issue Details: First known date: 2006... 2006 The Island of Four Rivers
The material on this page is available to AustLit subscribers. If you are a subscriber or are from a subscribing organisation, please log in to gain full access. To explore options for subscribing to this unique teaching, research, and publishing resource for Australian culture and storytelling, please contact us or find out more.

AbstractHistoryArchive Description

'The Davis family has been brought together by a crisis. Bill "Crabby" Davis, the family patriarch, is desperately ill in hospital, felled by a stroke, and kept alive only by medical technology. His embittered and passive wife Dot, his pedantic son Henry, and long-estranged daughter Eleanor must decide together when and how to end his life. Meanwhile, another narrative stirs and begins to assert itself, as intrepid explorer Crabby Davis ranges like a true swashbuckling Victorian gentleman through the wilds of the South Pacific, keeping a vivid diary as he goes. As the latter-day plight of the dysfunctional Davis family becomes more comically revealing under the pressure of having to make life-and-death decisions, and Henry discovers, astonishingly, the transforming power of love, so does the voyage of Crabby Davis become increasingly fantastical, until the parallels in the two narratives become impossible to ignore. When Crabby embarks on a final incredible quest to the source of the four rivers on his island, the voyage of the larger-than-life explorer and Bill Davis' final journey towards death dramatically intersect.' (Publisher's blurb)

Notes

  • Dedication: For Claudia.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Scribe , 2006 .
      Extent: 280p.
      Note/s:
      • Edited by Cate Kennedy.
      ISBN: 1920769900

Works about this Work

Untitled Ryan Paine , 2006-2007 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , December-January no. 287 2006-2007; (p. 63)

— Review of The Island of Four Rivers Christopher Morgan , 2006 single work novel
An Impressive Quest in Mythical Connections Peter Pierce , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 7 October 2006; (p. 12)

— Review of The Island of Four Rivers Christopher Morgan , 2006 single work novel
Islands of Dreams Katharine England , 2006 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 2 September 2006; (p. 10)
Partnering and Parenting Natasha Cica , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 12-13 August 2006; (p. 13)

— Review of The Unexpected Elements of Love Kate Legge , 2006 single work novel ; The Island of Four Rivers Christopher Morgan , 2006 single work novel
Partnering and Parenting Natasha Cica , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 12-13 August 2006; (p. 13)

— Review of The Unexpected Elements of Love Kate Legge , 2006 single work novel ; The Island of Four Rivers Christopher Morgan , 2006 single work novel
An Impressive Quest in Mythical Connections Peter Pierce , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 7 October 2006; (p. 12)

— Review of The Island of Four Rivers Christopher Morgan , 2006 single work novel
Untitled Ryan Paine , 2006-2007 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , December-January no. 287 2006-2007; (p. 63)

— Review of The Island of Four Rivers Christopher Morgan , 2006 single work novel
Islands of Dreams Katharine England , 2006 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 2 September 2006; (p. 10)
Last amended 2 Oct 2006 11:12:25
X