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Hardly beach weather by Bernard Cohen

Hardly beach weather

by Bernard Cohen

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Jack drives his ex-girlfriend Maria 1400 kilometres from Sydney to Adelaide in a small car. She is going to meet up with her new boyfriend; Jack offers a lift because their former relationship is now improperly defined.

Hardly Beach Weather is a road novel of unremitting Australian-ness - the sheep in the tuckerbag; a lone woman watching for snakes in the bush; rural mistrust of city slickers.

A good concept, well written and well executed - but somehow I could not warm to either Jack or Maria. In fact, they irritated me almost as much (but not quite) as Peter Carey's Oscar and Lucinda. I just wanted to give them both a good shake and tell them to get over it! ( )
  Jawin | Dec 30, 2006 |
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A road novel of unremitting Australianness: the sheep in the tuckerbag, a lone woman watching for snakes, mutual misinterpretations of city and bush. Along the way, Jack and Maria are assaulted by stories of love and heartbreak told by strangers in every country town.

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