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The Dispossessed is a short story collection that shows the many different individuals and groups that make up multicultural Australia. It is full of lively and thought-provoking characters that range from a chatty elderly Aboriginal, to a grandfather who recollects his experiences with an Italian POW, to a Writer in Residence who incites a riot in the small town he is working in. The narrative styles are diverse, including letters and memoirs as well as the usual forms. Humorous stories about parrot podiatrists, women with gun phobias and a visiting poet uncomfortable with his hosts are interspersed with others dealing with Australian pioneering spirit and the Outback.
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Multi-award winning author Andrew Lansdown has written fourteen books of poetry and fiction, with individual pieces appearing in over 70 magazines and newspapers and over 60 anthologies. They have been read on ABC and BBC radio, as well as being translated into several languages. His most recent book is Fontanelle (Five Islands), a collection of poetry.Review:
Overall, this is a thoughtful and rewarding collection. Lansdown knows what makes a story and he writes short, powerful pieces that have the same exactness which has brought his poetry such acclaim. --Nathan Hobby
Lansdown has a fondness for West Australian landscape and history. Many stories are sprinkled with the names of little far-flung towns. In The New Chum he entertainingly evokes the migrant experience as an old-timer recalls the culture shock of his arrival in 1926. In the sweltering heat of Christmas the Englishman is still thinking of snow and plum pudding . The voice, the mind, the writer behind these stories is filled with what amounts to a sense of robust compassion. There is enormous strength in the sensitivity and, above all, humility with which these tales are rendered. Who else but Lansdown could draw forth, not bathos, but genuine pity when the cows eat a woman s prized nasturtiums in The Only Things? Anyone who has ever felt vulnerable and sad and yet irrationally hopeful will greatly value the humanity of these stories. --Shane McCauley, The West Australian
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Book Description Interactive Publications, 2005. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX1876819308
Book Description Interactive Publications, 2005. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1876819308