Janet Deakin, resident of a lonely, depressed town in rural Australia, decides to write a book about her experiences. A drought suffuses the town, and people begin to be driven out, this one by racism, that one by utter poverty. Beverly Dunn's matter-of-fact voice is suffused with a dry wit that conveys the bitterness and desolation of the characters in Drylands, by acclaimed Australian author Thea Astley, perfectly. The tenor of the landscape, the harsh life of the town's inhabitants, and the drama of the slowly emptying community are described in gorgeous literary prose, exposing all the brutality and heart of this small town in this classic work of Australian literature.
©2000 Thea Astley; (P)2009 Bolinda Publishing
"It is impossible to put this book down. It seethes with energy and passion." (Herald Sun, Australia)
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The best book I have ever listened to. The narrator was terrific and sublime. The greatest lesson I had gained from it all was, despite the chaos and the confusions of the world, it is best to write about something, to which you are the eye, than the eye controlling you.
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