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Forty-seventeen by Frank Moorhouse
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Forty-seventeen

by Frank Moorhouse

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This is the sort of writing Frank Moorhouse does best. Short stories, almost chapters but self-contained, connected by a thread. I hadn't read any of these stories but I had encountered the themes in other collections by Moorhouse, confidently reprised here. This book is about a man in his early forties reflecting on his life, his loves and his mistakes. Moorhouse's protagonist wanders the earth living the life of a sophisticate but inwardly empty. It was nice to see his character Edith (from Cold Light, Dark Palace and Grand Days), this time as a secondary character. Actually, this collection is probably the first connection with her: Grand Days was published in 1993, five years after this book was written. ( )
  questbird | Apr 21, 2016 |
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He is a failed writer turned diplomat; an anarchist learning the value of discipline. At the sharp axis of mid-life he scans the memorabilia of his feelings in the hope of giving answers.

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