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The Sundowners (1952)

by Jon Cleary

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    The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (BonnieJune54)
    BonnieJune54: Both novels have boys coming of age in a vividly described rural setting of another era. In both cases Mom, Dad and son are somewhat isolated from others. While life is harsh, joy , love and laughter are present.
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On the back fly leaf of this book the author said that he was tired of the griping in so many recent books and he wanted to write;
"a novel in which the people weren't troubled by neuroses and didn't blame the world for their own shortcomings."

And in this Jon Cleary succeeded very well. This is a feel good book from beginning to end. when you finish the book you'll sigh and say "wish I was there" ( )
  usnmm2 | Dec 4, 2007 |
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They arrived in Bulinga late on the Friday afternoon. Sitting side by side on the stiff hard seat of the wagonette, they drove down the long dusty road that wound into the valley. Trailing them, the kelpie trotted thin-eyed through the dust disturbed by the plodding hoofs of the tired grey gelding and the creaking wheels of the ancient wagonette. In the back of the cart, home-wrapped in hessian and covered by canvas, was everything the Carmodys owned.
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The Carnodys travel the countryside shaering, droving making ends meet and looking for that one specail spot they can settle down in. Paddy is at heart a wanderer - the whole counrty's his backyard, he syas-but his wife, Ida, and thier 1 year old son, Sean, long for a place to call home. As they move from job to job, Paddy, Ida and Sean encounter some of the most memorable characters in fiction. Set against the magnificent backdrop of the harsh and beautiful Australian landscaspe. The sundowners is anovel filled with kindness and happiness, as well as hardship and danger. Superbly written and deeply moving, it showcases on of Australia's most talented authors at the height of his powers--back cover.… (more)

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