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4.0 von 5 Sternen Rather philosophical than botanical!
Of course, Eucalyptus has nothing to do with anything botanical. Bail explores the different approaches to epistemology. Underneath the fairy tale surface we find in the subtext the discussion about how to represent reality - empirically or via narration. The complex texture does in no way disturb a pleasent read - a great achievement indeed. So Bail ist at his best in...
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3.0 von 5 Sternen magical but unfocused
The book certainly had a magical quality about it, with the isolated setting of a private ranch, all the eucalyptus trees, the stories told by the mysterious stranger. I actually enjoyed all the botanical information about eucalyptus trees, as I have never considered them before.
However, I didn't fully understand where the story went. The father seemed a likeable...
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3.0 von 5 Sternen magical but unfocused, 29. April 2000
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Eucalyptus (Gebundene Ausgabe)
The book certainly had a magical quality about it, with the isolated setting of a private ranch, all the eucalyptus trees, the stories told by the mysterious stranger. I actually enjoyed all the botanical information about eucalyptus trees, as I have never considered them before.
However, I didn't fully understand where the story went. The father seemed a likeable enough character, but why did he impose such an impossible task to secure the marriage of his daughter-it seemed a draconian measure for someone who obviously loved her and would have wanted to see her happy. I wasn't sure what kind of person the daughter was and didn't have much personal feeling for her. I'm not sure how sympathetic I felt towards her- could she not have done more to avoid the fate imposed upon her by her father?
All in all, I enjoyed some of the fantasy-like qualities of the book, but felt it was unfocused in the message it was trying to put across.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Rather philosophical than botanical!, 12. August 2005
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Eucalyptus (Gebundene Ausgabe)
Of course, Eucalyptus has nothing to do with anything botanical. Bail explores the different approaches to epistemology. Underneath the fairy tale surface we find in the subtext the discussion about how to represent reality - empirically or via narration. The complex texture does in no way disturb a pleasent read - a great achievement indeed. So Bail ist at his best in Eucalyptus and is an outstanding representative of innovative literature, not only in an Australian context.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen A tough read - disappointing and obscure, 12. März 2000
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Eucalyptus (Harvest Book) (Taschenbuch)
Hailed as a masterpiece of original fictional writing by literary critics worldwide, I began reading Murray Bail's "Eucalyptus" - 1999 winner of the Miles Franklin Award and the Commonwealth Writers Prize - with high expectations but regret to say that it was a major let down for me. The story of a father offering the hand of his daughter in marriage to the man able to correctly name all the eucalyptus trees in his orchard, has the makings of a fascinating premise for a fable. Bail's intimate knowledge of the Australian outbacks and well researched command of his subject is certainly impressive but to the non-native reader seems only overindulgent. Compounding the difficulty for me was the obscurity of his language and his vision. His sentences don't flow. Neither does his thought process, which makes reading the novel a jerky and uneven experience. His characters (Ellen and her father, Holland) are curiously underwritten. We don't understand what goes on in their minds and cannot empathise or like them. The fable remains ultimately an enigma. Even the wooing of Ellen by the unnamed lover with a stream of fantastic but unconnected stories as they encircle and cavort with each other from tree to tree became hard work and tedious for me. A fellow online reviewer helpfully explained that these stories all hinted at unfulfilled love but I can't say they made that connection when they tumbled into my consciousness. I realise the reviews of "Eucalyptus" from both critics and public alike have been wildly ecstatic. I only wish I felt the same but I don't. I found it a less than pleasurable read - disappointing and obscure. Sorry.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A story like no other; fascinating but characters are flat., 3. Oktober 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Eucalyptus (Harvest Book) (Taschenbuch)
On many levels this story fascinated me. As a budding writer I was envious of the amazing story which unfolded as I read. As a gardener and naturalist I was fascinated by the details of Australia's trademark trees and the way they were woven into the story to explain life and people's relationships with one another. I admired the "simplicity" of the writing style and the brevity of words. However, one thing puzzled me. I couldn't really get into the heads of the characters and feel what they were feeling. I only experienced their feelings through a kind of misty gauze. Something - a vital link - was missing between reader and characters to complete our understanding, to make our experience of this wonderful story complete. To me, the characters did not fully come to life. However, I have no regrets having read the story. I'm glad I did and have recommended it to others. I am honoured to somehow share the same landscape which had inspired Murray Bail, because like the obsessed characters of this book I too love the many forms the eucalyptus takes across this huge island. And I love his writing style. In a funny way, the flatness of the characters did not spoil my reading of the story, but gave me something to ponder when my reading was complete. What really were their feelings like? How would I have felt if I had been one of them? I can only imagine....and the story will continue to haunt me for years to come. Thanks Murray!
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3.0 von 5 Sternen This book wins points for originality., 18. Juni 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Eucalyptus (Gebundene Ausgabe)
Coming at the people through trees is a compelling idea. Since reading this book, I've noticed more the trees around me, and could those on the corner really be eucalypts here in eastern France? But poor Ellen was way too passive for this reader, so I can't give it more than 3 stars. I wanted her to DO something, to ACT, to be the maker of her own destiny, instead she reacts to the men around her then nearly succumbs to her own passivity. Overall though this is a compelling read full of striking language and nice touches like the nail in the maiden tree and what the men do there... I would have liked more mention of Australia's wonderful and diverse wildlife. No koalas in those gum trees, Mr. Bail? No kookaburra cries haunting the forest? Also the Knight in Shining Armour is only metal-plated! Too bad! Rather an ephemeral specter, isn't he? And he cheated, the way he named the trees doesn't count, but I'm happy for Ellen. Who would want grim old Mr. Cave when you could listen to stories all your life?
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5.0 von 5 Sternen post-modern hipster accused of hopeless romanticism, 14. Januar 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Eucalyptus (Gebundene Ausgabe)
'eucalyptus' is utterly australian but in a funny kind of grown-up international way, unlike anything recent that comes to mind - not even robert drewe's wonderful 'the drowner'. the humour is dry, and lurks. the sensibility is fairytale/myth and undercut with a darkness. some of bail's landscape description reminds me of cormac mccarthy - unexpected but once you read it you know it's absolutely the right way to see it. the layering of naming, storytelling, and themes mythological and biblical, is perfect - the man turning into a telegraph pole throws my visual, literal and literary memory onto so many paths of resonance... i'm a bookseller (independent store) and mostly 'sell' from my own passionate reading experience, my colleagues are the ones who know the 'litcrit' terms and they told me i was being 'hopelessly romantic'.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen More than a botanist's novel., 29. April 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Eucalyptus (Harvest Book) (Taschenbuch)
A novel about Eucalyptus you ask? Yes and much more. I found the fable/fairy tale form of the plot intriguing. This is almost a novel with short stories inbetween as the novel branches out like a tree. Each of the hundred's of trees has a story sometimes told through the narrator, other time's told by Ellen's suitor. The narrator freely interupts his story, as if he telling you the novel in a friendly chat. I could see this annoying people. Ellen is certianly a strange character, who overall hates her place in life, yet does very little about it herself. I actually like the description and story of the trees over her story. It produced so many images of Australia and the Australian landscape in a very readible format. Eucalyptus is an uncoventional novel about an unconventional situation
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1.0 von 5 Sternen One of the worst, 1. April 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Eucalyptus (Harvest Book) (Taschenbuch)
A book club of which I am a member picked this book as a selection due to the rave editorial and critical reviews. All six of the club members hated, yes, hated, this book. Some didn't even finish it. It may be interesting to an Australian botanist, but I can find little else in the tale to interest anyone else. The character of Ellen was so undeveloped, I didn't care what happened to her. The stories that her unnamed lover told her were uninteresting and left me very unsatisfied. Toward the end of the book I started skipping passages that talked of the Eucalyptus trees I was so fed up with the tedious and never ending description of these trees. I would never recommend this book to anyone, unless I really disliked them.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An evocative view of trees and love, 3. Dezember 1998
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Eucalyptus (Gebundene Ausgabe)
I read most of this book on a drive from Los Angeles to Monterey--and I was totally unaware of the miles passing by (thank goodness I wasn't driving!). Instead I was immersed in the Australian landscape, and in stories set all over. This is a wonderful book, one to get lost in. It teaches you to look more closely--at the world around you, at the people in your life. I loved the twist at the end--which is no twist, really, but still, it suggests the many ways in which we so often overlook events that can be meaningful for us. Mostly, I enjoyed the diversity expressed in this book--diversity of habitat, of life forms, of emotions. A lovely, lovely book.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An enchanting fairy tale, 1. Februar 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Eucalyptus (Gebundene Ausgabe)
I started this book one evening when I still had lots of work to be done. I couldn't put it down. I figured I'd get up early in the morning to do my work. I woke, and thought I'll just read a few pages... Of course the work didn't get done. But I'm a greatly enriched person for all the ghost gums and ironbarks enshrined within the paddock of this novel, for the romantic storytelling that propelled me forward at a great rate and for the author's clever, parenthetic devices. Even without the promise of the lovely Ellen's hand, I wish I could identify all the eucalypts of this book. A great read.
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