The Shiralee (Bolinda Classics)

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A shiralee is a swag, a burden, a bloody millstone - and that's what four-year-old Buster is to her father, Macauley. He takes the child on the road with him to spite his wife, but months pass and still no word comes to ask for the little girl back. Strangers to each other at first, father and daughter drift aimlessly through the dusty towns of Australia, sleeping rough and relying on odd jobs for food and money. Buster's resilience and trust slowly erode Macauley's resentment, and when he's finally able to get rid of her, he realises he can't let his shiralee go. In evocative prose that vividly conjures images of rural Australia, The Shiralee reveal an understanding of the paradoxical nature of the burdens we carry, creates a moving portrait of fatherhood, told with gruff humour and a gentle pathos.

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D'Arcy Niland was born in Glen Innes, NSW, and spent much of his boyhood travelling with his Irish father, who followed the NSW shearing circuit. He began work as a copyboy on the Sydney Sun but he decided quite early that in order to write about real people he had to travel, work and live amongst them. Accordingly he led an adventurous, rather romantic life, travelling through Australia and the Pacific, working in a wide variety of jobs - as an opal-miner, circus hand, stevedor, woolshed rouseabout and later as a television and film scriptwriter and magazine editor. He married the writer, Ruth Park, and they had five children. D'Arcy Niland died suddenly in 1967 from a heart attack, two days after completing his last novel. He was forty-seven, and well established as one of Australia's best known novelists. The Shiralee, with its insights into fatherhood, confirms that he understood the human heart as well as he knew the country roads of Australia.

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"Shiralee" is an Australian word for burden. A tough itinerant laborer named Macauley roams Australia's Outback in search of work during the Depression. His burden is Buster, a 4-year-old who may or may not be his daughter. The story moves painfully slowly, sustained only by James Condon's voice and the reader's anticipation of a weighty conclusion. The conclusion turns out to be profoundly simple. Condon's reading, however, is anything but simple. He commands a huge range of characters. Though each is distinctive, they eventually run together, leaving the listener confused yet captivated. The story itself is a metaphor. Listening to it is a burden one finds oddly satisfying in retrospect. D.W.K. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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