Blueprints for a Barbed-Wire Canoe

by Wayne Macauley | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 1921961341 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingjeniwrenwing of Greigs Flat, New South Wales Australia on 2/14/2015
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Journal Entry 1 by wingjeniwrenwing from Greigs Flat, New South Wales Australia on Saturday, February 14, 2015
A black comedy set in a new housing estate on the outskirts of Melbourne.

Bram and his fellow residents are drawn by a dream: the promise of a freeway leading to a new suburb north of the city. The houses are built, but the freeway never comes. One by one, the dreamers leave, until only a small, hardcore group is left—including Bram, One-eyed Michael, and Michael’s self-possessed daughter Jodie. As the disused houses crumble around them they barricade themselves in. They have a gun, a bulldozer, and a hellbent determination to stay till the end, whatever, whenever, that is. But the authorities have other ideas.

Blueprints for a Barbed-Wire Canoe, Wayne Macauley’s first novel, is a bitingly dark take on the great Australian dream. Fable-like, effortlessly readable and ultimately moving, it shows us in full measure the depth of Macauley’s talent.

Journal Entry 2 by wingjeniwrenwing at Greigs Flat, New South Wales Australia on Monday, February 23, 2015
I have recently read Macauley's most recent novel 'Demons' which I enjoyed and was pleased to go back to this his first novel. Firstly I was intrigued by the title and what did this say about the story that lay ahead. This is a most thought provoking read and a dark satire on home ownership that has long been the great Australian dream.

It centres on a group of residents who take up residency in a new satellite suburb on the outskirts of Melbourne. Before long planned infastructure is stalled and the area becomes unliveable but a few disgruntled residents refuse to leave and give up the dream. What descends is anarchy of sorts and the whole situation becomes quite macabre. Highly recommended.

Journal Entry 3 by wingjeniwrenwing at Bayles, Victoria Australia on Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Released 6 yrs ago (2/24/2015 UTC) at Bayles, Victoria Australia


Australasia Wishlist Tag Game recipient J4shaw.......enjoy :)

Journal Entry 4 by wingJ4Shawwing at Bayles, Victoria Australia on Tuesday, March 03, 2015
This arrived in a pretty pink package at the local store Post Office today. The lady made mention of how I only ever seem to receive pretty packages, and not too many bills!
Thanks for Tagging me Jeniwren in the Australasia Wishlist Tag Game

I have been reading a lot of female Australian Authors for the 2015 Australian Women Writers Reading Challenge but haven't read anything by an Aussie Boy this year, (nor last year) so this will go some way to equalling out the gender balance.

Journal Entry 5 by wingJ4Shawwing at Kiritimati (aka Christmas Island), Line Islands Kiribati on Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Released 5 yrs ago (8/19/2015 UTC) at Kiritimati (aka Christmas Island), Line Islands Kiribati


This book was so much fun to read. I had been quite ill and picked this book out as it's quite thin. It really picked me up.
Loved the characters, the setting, the storyline....what a great book!
I'll certainly be looking out for this author.

This book is off on its travels to the winner of the Maritime Sweepstakes hosted by Abi-Gibby

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