'The writer has tried to show, as well as his meagre skill allows, and with the aid of a series of characters such as may be found anywhere, something of the life of a rather unprogressive community, hidden away among the western ranges.' Author's Preface.
Where the Plain Begins, 1933, records similar happenings among a subnormal group on the central tableland of New South Wales. Truran has endeavoured to interpret some phases of Australian rural life that contrast with the cultural circumstances of the squatter and independent farmer. But he overdoes the use of the vernacular and treats his subnormals as an isolated community. His skilful picturings of scenic backgrounds would be more in keeping with a greater variety in ccharacterization. Truran so makes the 'Macdonald' River a stream of memory that one desires from his pen a descriptive work on the Australian bush. (E. Morris Miller Australian Literature From Its Beginnings to 1935 (1940): 786).