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.
What disappointed you about Eucalyptus?
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.
What about Robert Menzies’s performance did you like?
The performance was very good- he gives life to the story.
Any additional comments?
The full story is magical in its complexity. This abridged version does not do it justice
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
exquisite, profound, like no other. I will listen to this over and over. thank you