Drylands

by Thea Astley | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0140283803 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingmarmee463wing of Templestowe, Victoria Australia on 10/18/2021
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Journal Entry 1 by wingmarmee463wing from Templestowe, Victoria Australia on Monday, October 18, 2021
On to Mt TBR it goes.

Journal Entry 2 by wingmarmee463wing at Templestowe, Victoria Australia on Saturday, October 23, 2021
This novel covers topics of bigotry and racism, bitterness and hatred, bullying and small mindedness. However it also delves into the Aussie capacity for compassion, courage and determination. Recommend reading.

Released 1 mo ago (12/2/2021 UTC) at Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Library in Surrey Hills, Victoria Australia

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Journal Entry 4 by AnonymousFriend at Surrey Hills, Victoria Australia on Thursday, December 2, 2021
I try to read her books as Thea Astley (under her real name) was a teacher at my high school when I went there.
In her flat above Drylands' newsagency, Janet Deakin is writing a book for the world's last reader. Little has changed her in 50 years, except for the coming of cable TV. Loneliness is almost a religion, and still everyone knows your business. But the town is being outmanoeuvered by drought and begins to empty, pouring itself out like water into sand. Small minds shrink even smaller in the vastness of the land. One man is forced out by council rates and bigotry; another sells his property, risking the lot to build his dream. All of them are shadowed by violence of some sort - these people whose only victory over the town is in leaving it.

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