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The Boys Who Stole the Funeral: A Novel Sequence

by Les A. Murray

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Reprint of a sequence of 140 sonnets that tells of two young men who steal the body of an old friend from a city undertaker in order to bury the deceased in his rural homeland as he had wished. First published in 1980. The author is one of Australia's most internationally respected poets.

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This is a nice inventive little moment in Australian poetry. Over 140 sonnets (variants on the form), Murray traces the story of two mischievous young men, their relationship with colonial and mainstream Australia, seizing on the tradition of "larrikin villain" fiction stretching back to the bushrangers of 19th century Australian lit. Each character has a different poetic style to represent their voice, and the narration shifts from point-of-view as required. Nice to know someone was doing inventive things like this, even if it's perhaps not quite a masterpiece after all these years. ( )
  therebelprince | Dec 14, 2019 |
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