The Great World

The Great World

A Novel

Book - 1990 | 1st American ed.
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The Great World is a remarkable novel of self-knowledge and of fall from innocence, of survival and witness. Absorbed by the twentieth-century history of Australian life, the novel focuses on the unlikely friendship of two men who meet as POWs of the Japanese during WWII: Digger Keen, and Vic Curran. For both men, war was supposed to be a testing ground of masculine and nationalist virtue. Instead, it becomes an ordeal that lays bare the painful reality which lies behind a nation's myth of itself.

"The rare serious novel that doesn't condescend to its characters, this book has a limpidity and an elliptical sense of time that save it from becoming a blockbuster-style epic--despite having some of that form's easy pleasures--and render it poetic."-- The New Yorker
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c1990.
Edition: 1st American ed.
ISBN: 9780679748366
Branch Call Number: FIC MALOUF
Characteristics: 330 p. ; 22 cm.


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Sep 17, 2014

This novel tells the story of two young, working class Australian men brought together as prisoners of war after the fall of Singapore and of their friendship and lives in the decades after the end of the war. Like all Malouf's novels, this one is well-written and thought-provoking but somehow does not engage the reader and lost its way part way through.


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