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The Voices

3.56  ·  Rating Details ·  39 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
In the remote, blood red dust of the Australian bush, thirteen-year-old Billy Saint finds guidance—not from his parents or their Western culture—but from the landscape itself. He turns to the outback, drawing the only joy he’s known from simply watching and mimicking the kangaroos. On his trips alone to the bush near his home, he begins to hear the Voices of the country, i ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published October 5th 2004 by Grove Press (first published October 1st 2003)
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Chanda Prescod-weinstein
Apr 20, 2012 Chanda Prescod-weinstein rated it it was amazing
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This is one of my favorite books, end of conversation. Read it.
Tricia
Jan 26, 2008 Tricia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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One of the first things that struck me about The Voices is that one of the viewpoints in the book is first-person plural. With such an unusual POV, I knew that this was definitely going to be a book to see what happens in.

Susan Elderkin is a strong, powerful writer who can truly represent her characters and the world they move in with exquisite precision. The writing in this book is some of the best I've read in a long time, and it might even seem slightly odd to anyone familiar with her work, b
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Mark Speed
Sep 09, 2014 Mark Speed rated it really liked it
In some ways, this was better than the author's debut novel, my review of which you can read here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

The reasons I think it's a shade better are that she'd clearly matured as a writer, and it's not (that I know) based on any aspect of her life other than the time she spent in Australia. It also deals with issues that are beyond the experience of most of us, so it's a stretch for the reader too.
Kevin
Jun 06, 2014 Kevin rated it it was amazing
I can quibble about things I wish the author did differently, primarily the tempo at the end of the book, and the way she tried to wrap things up too nicely at the very end, even though things are messier than that (I smell an editor's hand in that). But, really, this was a powerful book, beautifully written and with deeply lyrical scenery. Definitely a book you should read.
Jessica
May 26, 2008 Jessica rated it it was ok
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Great description of the Australian outback, but damned if I know what the hell was going on. A bit artsy-fartsy for me.
John
Dec 02, 2007 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Much "chewier" than Susan's first novel. Less sensual - though extremely picturesque.
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