Young Hugh Dixon believes he can save his father from ruin if he asks his estranged great-uncle Walter - a wealthy lawyer who lives alone in a Tasmanian farmhouse passed down through the family - for help. As he is drawn into Walter′s rarefied world, Hugh ...more
‘Late in life, I’ve come to the view that everything in our lives is part of a pre-ordained pattern.’
This novel is organised as three books: the first and third are the fictional memoir of Hugh Dixon in the 1950s, the second looks back a century earlier to a part of the life of Hugh's great-grandfather Martin Dixon. The two are connected by Hugh's great-uncle Walter, and elderly lawyer living alone at Leyburn Farm, owned by the Dixon family since colonial times and now being encroached upon by t ...more
The choice of narrative persp ...more
The biggest problem I had with LOST VOICES was the punctuation. When the characters speak to each other there was no punctuation to indicate they were speaking; and it drove me to distraction! I guess as an award winning literary figure such as the late Mr Koch should know more about writing than me – but he obviously ch ...more
The narrator is looking back at his life in Hobart, first as a child and then as a young man and an aspiring painter. He meets his great uncle who relates the family story that connected his father with bushrangers.
The story of the bushrangers could have been a novella, well written with descriptions of life in the 1850s, and of the hills and valleys around Hobart. This was where the book was most interesting.
There w ...more
Highways to a War and Out of Ireland are Booker-quality. Perhaps Koch's passion for storytelling doomed him in the lit-crit crowd, but his novels work on multiple levels. When I first traveled to Australia I asked a friend to recommend a novel that ...more
I did like the book without raving about it. I enjoyed the middle section the most. I found the writing a little stiff, clinical perhaps, which made it hard for me to warm to and care about the characters in a meaningful way. In the third section I didn't see the point of relating the events as the elderly Hugh Dixon looking back some 50 years to his time as...more