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The Sound of One Hand Clapping | [Richard Flanagan]

The Sound of One Hand Clapping

In 1954, in a construction camp for a hydroelectric dam in the remote Tasmanian highlands, Bojan Buloh had brought his family to start a new life away from Slovenia, the privations of war, and refugee settlements. One night, Bojan's wife walked off into a blizzard, never to return - leaving Bojan to drink too much to quiet his ghosts, and to care for his three-year-old daughter, Sonja, alone. Thirty-five years later, Sonja returns to Tasmania and a father haunted by memories of the European war and other, more recent horrors.
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Winner of the Australian Bookseller's Choice Award, this is a modern Australian classic set in Tasmania.

In 1954, in a construction camp for a hydroelectric dam in the remote Tasmanian highlands, Bojan Buloh had brought his family to start a new life away from Slovenia, the privations of war, and refugee settlements. One night, Bojan's wife walked off into a blizzard, never to return - leaving Bojan to drink too much to quiet his ghosts, and to care for his three-year-old daughter, Sonja, alone.

Thirty-five years later, Sonja returns to Tasmania and a father haunted by memories of the European war and other, more recent horrors. As the shadows of the past begin to intrude ever more forcefully into the present, Sonja's empty life and her father's living death are to change forever.

©1997 Richard Flanagan (P)2012 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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    Brodie Mornington, Australia 08-09-13 Member Since 2009

    An unashamed Audiophile who has his own studio and business called iZENEARS which brings Australian travel and history to life for locals and visitor's alike.

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    "Far from easy listening"

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  • Anthony
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    "Migration, racism, identity & violence in Tasmania"

    Beautifully written and narrated - the story of a Slovenian unskilled worker, migrating to Tasmania in search of a better future. Against the backdrop of racism, alcohol and violence, we learn of the stories experienced by these migrants, prior to their departure from Europe, and of how the violence recurs to dominate family members in Tasmania.

    Beautifully written and narrated, the violence is as predictable as inevitable, anticipated by the reader in the same way that Sylvia, the daughter, awaits her drunken father's repeated physical abuse.

    It's a story also of resilience by a young woman who exercises her agency to escape and take control of her own life, despite all the adversity, and about the deep bonds exerted by family alongside the hurt.

    The novel informs us also of the post-World War II Europeans who settled in Australia and helped build its infrastructure, and of the systematic racism, exploitation and poverty they faced. The stories and tragedies from their European homelands structure their identities and challenging lives in Tasmania.

    From one generation to the next, prior identity is attenuated and new identities formed. Despite much bleakness, this is also a story of agency and resilience, of overcoming violence and abuse, and of building the future.

    Highly recommended!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Jeanette
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    4/21/14
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    "The sound of No Hands Clapping !!"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I have no idea.....


    What was most disappointing about Richard Flanagan’s story?

    The sample made it sound intriguing, but alas it was defiantly not that ! Dull boring story all about Sonia's drunk,abusive father.who lives in the past most of the time ,that's when he's not battering or neglecting his daughter...no wonder his wife took off at the beginning of this load of tripe. She knew what was coming !! I must admit that I have not read or listened to any of R.Flanagan's books before and after this one ,I will be leaving them well alone.


    What does Humphrey Bower bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    I love " Hump" he is one of my favourites, he was the main reason I persevered with this book and also the reason I pick this book. Bryce Courtney is a master storyteller and Hump makes his words " Sing " he made a super job of this story,


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Sound of One Hand Clapping?

    All of them !


    Any additional comments?

    Nope.. Said it all.

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