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Cairo Jim and the astragals of Angkor : a tale of extraordinary…

by Geoffrey McSkimming

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I read this in a day, just after the final episode of The Sopranos was screened here, while the federal Minister for Health was impersonating an arrogant callus in his (probably) final days in office. As a finale, Astragals offers less closure but more certainty than the former, and inspires more hope and more sorrow than the latter. In Cairo Jim's world words like 'flabbergast' are part of normal speech, alliteration runs as wild as jungle creepers, similes (all more original than any I'm offering here) sprout like hairs in a mole, evil never wins the day but life would be much less interesting if it didn't try. These books have captured and sustained a loyal and ever-expanding following among their intended readership with no boost from awards and little notice in the press -- quite an achievement.
  shawjonathan | Oct 31, 2007 |
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The Astragals of Angkor, strange ancient carvings from Cambodia, are discovered in the Vaults of Abandonment, deep below the Old Relics Society in Cairo. Where did they come from? Who are the people depicted on the Astragals? And why are they shown in such outrageous positions. Ages 10+. Australian author.… (more)

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