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Michelle de Kretser

Autor/a de The Hamilton Case

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Michelle de Kretser is an editor who lives in Melbourne, Australia. This is her first novel. (Publisher Provided) Michelle de Kretser was born on November 11, 1957 in Sri Lanka. She was educated at Methodist College, Colombo,[2] and in Melbourne and Paris. She worked as an editor for travel guides mostra'n més company Lonely Planet, and while on a sabbatical in 1999, wrote and published her first novel, The Rose Grower. Her second novel, published in 2003, The Hamilton Case was winner of the Tasmania Pacific Prize, the Encore Award (UK) and the Commonwealth Writers Prize (Southeast Asia and Pacific). Her third novel, The Lost Dog, was published in 2007. It was one of 13 books on the long list for the 2008 Man Booker Prize for fiction. From 1989 to 1992 she was a founding editor of the Australian Women's Book Review. Her fourth novel, Questions of Travel, won several awards, including the 2013 Miles Franklin Award, the Australian Literature Society Gold Medal (ALS Gold Medal), and the 2013 Prime Minister's Literary Awards for fiction. It was also shortlisted for the 2014 Dublin Impac Literary Award. She won the 2018 Miles Franklin Literary Award for her novel The Life to Come In 2015 her title, Springtime, made the shortlist for the Australian Book Designers Association Award. She will also be taking part in the winter reading series, Writers on Mondays when she visits Victoria University in September 2015. She is the author of The Life to Come, published in September 2017. (Publisher Provided) mostra'n menys
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Obres de Michelle de Kretser

The Hamilton Case (2003) 447 exemplars
Questions of Travel (2012) 362 exemplars
The Lost Dog (2007) 351 exemplars
The Rose Grower (1999) 211 exemplars
The Life to Come (2017) 172 exemplars
Scary Monsters (2021) 101 exemplars
Springtime: A Ghost Story (2016) 97 exemplars
On Shirley Hazzard (2019) 18 exemplars

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This book consists of two seemingly unrelated stories, which, given the subtitle of the book, are meant to form a consistent whole. I just can't see how they go together, although I could force some similar or overlapping themes (i.e. immigration).

In the first, Lili, a 20 something Australian whose family had emigrated to Australia when she was a teenager, is now working a temporary teaching job in the south of France. She befriends an English artist, Mina, and several other ex-pats, and they do the sorts of things 20-somethings do, somewhat oblivious of consequences and of how their actions might be affecting others. Nothing serious though. Along the way Lili occasionally observes discrimination against North African immigrants. This whole story just didn't interest me.

In the second story, we are in near future dystopian Australia with another Asian emigrant family, father Lyle, mother Chanel (assumed names), their two kids, and Lyle's mother Ivy. They do everything they can to fit in, including gettin a pet dog and playing the popular on-line game Whack-a-Muslim. There was some very clever world-building here, and the dystopian aspects were extremely plausible. Obviously, a big theme is the fear of immigrants, but there is also an ageism theme going with assisted suicide being encouraged for older people (Ivy). As a stand alone this would have been a competent novella.

As I said, I can't see how these go together.

ETA: Amazon blurb says the "scary monsters' referred to by the title are racism, misogyny, and ageism. And that one of the stories is meant to refer to/represent the past, the other the future, and that you can read them in any order. Enlightened? Not me.

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arubabookwoman | Hi ha 2 ressenyes més | Dec 31, 2023 |
Stages of life portrayed through sveral short stories but all connected by one character who appears in each. Is there a point or main time to the stories? Hard to say. They were ok, but not terribly gripping.
LDVoorberg | Hi ha 6 ressenyes més | Dec 24, 2023 |

Interestingly in the old double format; literally a book of two halves. I liked the non-sf bit more than the sf bit; young lust in France in 1980 vs fascist near-future Australia. The Australia bits seemed to me more about the setting than the plot.… (més)
nwhyte | Hi ha 2 ressenyes més | Aug 31, 2023 |
Michelle de Kretser's Miles Franklin winning novel uses travel as a lens to look at two drastically different protagonists: Laura, a footloose middle-class Australia; and Ravi, a Sri Lankan caught up in that country's brutal civil war. The book follows their life journeys, which ultimately intersect at a travel publishing firm (where else?).

The first third of the novel mainly deals with the interminably boring Laura and her mundane roaming around the usual tourist spots of Asia and Europe. Just as the reader is about to nod off, de Kretser hits you with a head-snapping plot twist that transforms this novel into something very different. The pace and tension pick up from there but unfortunately de Kretser cannot sustain it. The story she tells of Ravi's experiences is emotional, nuanced and topical. However Laura's story is cliched and bathetic, unable to be saved by a surprise ending.

The questions of the title are posed through the key characters' stories. One is "what am I doing here?". Another is "why does everybody have to leave in the end?", immediately followed by "when will it be my turn to leave?'. These deep questions are a great theme for the novel, but could have been much more tellingly explored by cutting Laura's character to the bare minimum and placing the focus on Ravi's more compelling odyssey. In the process, a good editor could have cut 150 pages from an unnecessarily long novel.
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gjky | Hi ha 25 ressenyes més | Apr 9, 2023 |



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