Australia: A Traveler's Literary Companion (Traveler's Literary Companions)

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Journey down under in the company of Australia's finest writers. From stories of survival in the bush to vacationing at the beach, from immigrants adjusting to the new land to aboriginal displacement to the city, these twenty-five enthralling stories allow the reader to cover this large continent in a most imaginative way. Ranging from the colonial period to contemporary Australia, these stories invoke the alluring scent of gum trees, the exotic kangaroos and dingoes, the busy city streets of Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, and the vast and mysterious outback, as well as some unforgettable Australian characters and their voices. By traveling with the greatest Australian writers who know the land best, readers can more deeply experience the culture of this country and the rich tradition of its literature. Contributors include Thea Astley, Murray Bail, Barbara Baynton, Peter Carey, Eleanor Dark, Robert Drewe, Helen Garner, Xavier Herbert, Janette Turner Hospital, Elizabeth Jolley, C.J. Koch, David Malouf, Oodgeroo and Kabul Oodgeroo Noonuccal, Henry Lawson, Katharine Susannah Prichard, Steele Rudd, Mandy Sayer, Arthur Upfield, Judah Waten, Archie Weller, Patrick White, Michael Wilding, Tim Winton, and B. Wongar.

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If you're launching a trip to Australia, chances are you've already purchased guidebooks, made reservations, perhaps even begun to pack. You may think you're prepared. But if Robert Ross' anthology of Australian literature is missing from your flight bag, you're not ready yet. Ross selected 25 short stories by some of Australia's finest writers to portray Australia through its literature, exploring its aboriginal and urban as well as its beach, bush, and suburban culture. So Oodgeroo and Kabul Oodgeroo Noonuccal give a view of aboriginal lore ("Well, gidday, gidday, all you earth fullas. Come, sit down, my country now") in "The Rainbow Serpent"; B. Wongar looks at the bush from the dingo's point of view ("No dingo ever barks to express grief. We all howl") in "Dingo's Picnic"; Robert Drewe evokes the intensity of the beach life ("Today had been humid and grim, full of sticky tension since this morning when he'd spilled black coffee down the crotch of his new Italian cotton suit") in "Stingray"; and Peter Carey explores Australian angst in his short story "American Dreams." It's the perfect book to read on a long flight to Down Under.

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Journey down under in the company of Australia's finest writers. From stories of survival in the bush to vacationing at the beach, from immigrants adjusting to the new land to aboriginal displacement to the city, these twenty-five enthralling stories allow the reader to cover this large continent in a most imaginative way.

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