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y separately published work icon Love Without Hope single work   novel  
  • Author:agent Rodney Hall http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/hall-rodney
Issue Details: First known date: 2007... 2007 Love Without Hope
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Text Unit Name Institution Year
y separately published work icon Love Without Hope Rodney Hall , Sydney : Picador , 2007 Z1347643 2007 single work novel (taught in 1 units) 'The elderly Mrs Shoddy suffers acute depression as a result of a bushfire that kills her beloved horses. A capable countrywoman, she loses her grip and is living in squalor when the district nurse finds her and has her committed to an insane asylum. The time is 1982; the place, a country town in NSW. The NSW Department of Lunacy is still in operation, headed by an official with the title The Master in Lunacy. In this powerful novel, finding herself pitted against the power of the state, Mrs Shoddy calls on her memories of her missing husband, on the spirit of her horses and on the recovery of her self-respect and resilience to create a world in which she can remain sane, even against the institutional brutality she is subjected to. And the characters in her mind become as palpable as the real people she is surrounded by.' (Publisher's blurb) Reading Australian Writing University of Melbourne 2009
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