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And What Do You Do, Mr Gable?: Short Pieces by Richard Flanagan

by Richard Flanagan

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The collected short pieces of nonfiction from one of Australia's best novelists. 'And what do you do, Mr Faulkner?' asked Clark Gable after being introduced to William Faulkner at a party. 'I write,' replied Faulkner. 'And what do you do, Mr Gable?' Collected here for the first time are the very best of Richard Flanagan's wide-ranging, free-wheeling writings on everything from directing film and writing novels to a near fatal kayak trip; from baking bread to bushfires to art to war; from Kosovar refugees on the run to Jorge Luis Borges to his celebrated essay on the rape of Tasmania's forests, credited as a key to halting Gunns' two billion dollar pulp mill. Sparkling, moving and always surprising, this is exhilarating reading from one of Australia's best writers.… (more)
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Many of the pieces were quite good to excellent. Nelson Algren, Bread, Gunns, Out of a Wild Sea, The Australian Disease, and The Gambler (w/ David Walsh and MONA) were all pieces I appreciated and learned from. Flanagan's style of writing can be good, but is frequently a bit like vanilla..... ( )
  untraveller | Nov 18, 2016 |
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The collected short pieces of nonfiction from one of Australia's best novelists. 'And what do you do, Mr Faulkner?' asked Clark Gable after being introduced to William Faulkner at a party. 'I write,' replied Faulkner. 'And what do you do, Mr Gable?' Collected here for the first time are the very best of Richard Flanagan's wide-ranging, free-wheeling writings on everything from directing film and writing novels to a near fatal kayak trip; from baking bread to bushfires to art to war; from Kosovar refugees on the run to Jorge Luis Borges to his celebrated essay on the rape of Tasmania's forests, credited as a key to halting Gunns' two billion dollar pulp mill. Sparkling, moving and always surprising, this is exhilarating reading from one of Australia's best writers.

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