A man called Holland, living on a remote estate in New South Wales, planted on his land a collection of all eucalyptus trees known to man. He then set, for his beautiful and only daughter Ellen, one of those traps essential to fairy tales: only a man who could correctly name each tree in his vast collection could have her hand in marriage.
On a country property a man named Holland lives with his daughter Ellen. Over the years, as she grows into a beautiful young woman, he plants hundreds of different gum trees on his land. When Ellen is 19 her father announces his decision: she will marry the man who can name all the species of eucalypt, down to the last tree.
Suitors emerge from all corners, including the formidable, straight-backed Mr Cave, world expert on the varieties of eucalypt. And then, walking among her father’s trees, Ellen chances on a strange young man who in the days that follow tells her dozens of stories set in cities, deserts, faraway countries.
Haunting and mesmerising, Eucalyptus illuminates the nature of storytelling itself.
©1998 Murray Bail (P)2012 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
the book has been abridged. This is very disappointing. I have read the book and it looses its magic when cut down to 3 hrs.
The performance was very good- he gives life to the story.
The full story is magical in its complexity. This abridged version does not do it justice
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