- Taschenbuch: 204 Seiten
- Verlag: Vintage; Auflage: Reprint (11. Dezember 2001)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0375724494
- ISBN-13: 978-0375724497
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,2 x 1,5 x 20,3 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 534.035 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Dream Stuff: Stories (Vintage International) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 11. Dezember 2001
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“Confirm[s] Malouf’s stature as a writer of the very first order.”–The Boston Book Review
“Recalls the best work of E. M. Forster and Virginia Woolf.... Carefully crafted.”–Los Angeles Times
e haunting stories from the award-winning author of Remembering Babylon, in which history and geography, as well as the past and the present, combine and often collide, illuminating the landscape and revealing the character of Australia.
An eleven-year-old boy sees his father in his own elongated shadow only to realize that he will not return from the war. In a parting moment, a young woman hired to marry vacationing soldiers, grasps the weight of the word woe. When a failing farmer senselessly murders a wandering aborigine, he imperils his son but discovers in the spring of sympathy that follows the power to influence others. Wise and moving, startling and lyrical, Dream Stuff reverberates with the unpredictability of human experience, revealing people who are shaped by the mysterious rhythms of nature as well as the ghosts of their own pasts.
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Dream Stuff is a collection of short stories mainly centred on how children perceive themselves. There are reviewers who claim Malouf paints a "dark" world. This is a false assessment. A child's outlook has to contend with a variety of needs, often conflicting ones. They have the desire to explore, to escape parental restraint, yet bear an underlying need for security and stability. Malouf is able to convey these contrary aims in subdued, but effective portrayals.
The stories in this collection point up those conflicts in carefully measured prose. Throughout these accounts of childhood, memories form a framework. A young man coming to grips with the fact that his missing father is unlikely to return. A religious clan in a midst of a family crisis. A cycle of life from earliest recollections that return to create a reprise of visions spurred by a bizarre assault and its resolution.
As others have indicated, it's the final tale in this set that stands out as a jewel among the collection. In this "Great Day" of Audrey Tyler's seventy-second birthday, Malouf demonstrates his matchless skill at presenting his characters. Moving lightly among them with accomplished dexterity, he conveys their persona with a admirable economy of words. Within but a few pages we are given the family history, the depth of feelings and various levels of personal interaction any writer must envy. The old man is the pivot of their existence, a circumstance they all ultimately realize, each in their own fashion.
It's amazing to read reviews of this work continually pointing out his Australian roots. None of these stories is fixed in place. Nothing in these stories condemns them to a particular national framework. It isn't necessary to know Australian conditions to absorb what these tales convey. They are timeless and represent environments any reader here might experience. His view of life is far too wide-ranging to try to limit him in a national framework. Malouf has an unmatched ability to transcend age, gender, space and time frames in presenting these narratives. His talent should be recognized for that skill. That ability is quite sufficient for any reader to enjoy this book.