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The Miserables by Damien Wilkins
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The Miserables (1993)

by Damien Wilkins

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Brett Healey is thirty years old, and looking for clues. Travelling to and from Wellington for his grandfather's funeral, he reflects on his past, finding patterns as he meets again the people who have meant most to him. Healey's high-speed, slightly over-heated mind detects clues to the present in an evocative return to his childhood and adolescence. In three days enough evidence is sifted to open up a new passage inhis life.
This was Damien Wilkins first novel and won him the 1994 New Zealand Book Award for Fiction. Disappointingly this failed to live up to expectations for me. I found the non-sequential memories and changing time frame jarring and confusing. Although Wellington city is clearly evoked. ( )
  HelenBaker | Oct 31, 2012 |
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Thirty-year-old Brett Healey's trip to Wellington, New Zealand, for his grandfather's funeral leads him to reflect on his past, on his identity, on his family, and on the beauty and familiarity of his birthplace.

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