Blueprints for a Barbed-Wire Canoe
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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.
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.
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.
CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:
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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