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by David Malouf
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0702230154, Hardcover)Brought back to Australia by the death of his father, Dante is sorting through his father's belonging when he comes across a photograph of Johnno, a long-time friend. The photograph stirs up a lifetime of memories for Dante, leading him to finally set Johnno's story--which has haunted him for years--on paper. An outrageous character of legendary proportions, Johnno is brought top life in all his complexity, beginning with his days at Brisbane Grammar School, when he and Dante first become friends, to the days they spend together in Paris, Johnno's inexplicable rages and periodic transformations are recounted until we come to know him--without ever quite understanding him. Daring, impossible, and unpredictable, Johnno is a fascinating character. His shocking behavior awes some, annoys others, and provokes a good many more. Above all, though, he is thoroughly unforgettable.
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After running across an old photograph, Dante decides to write the story of his old friend Johnno. "Set in the war-conscious 1940s and in the pubs and brothels of the 1950s, the story of the rocky yet intense friendship of their Australian boyhood is told with warmth and humor, brilliantly conveying the experiences of their generation and the landscape of the city they came of age in."--Cover.
3 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.
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