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The adventures of an Australian drover's family, from the point of view of the fourteen year old son. An absorbing story with sharp reality of setting and depth and honest in its characterizations.
Published 1972 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 1952)
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Dillwynia Peter
Dec 26, 2014 Dillwynia Peter rated it really liked it
This is probably Cleary's most famous novel and unlike most of his work it is neither a thriller, nor a detective mystery. It is also his most personal as Paddy & Ida are modelled on his parents. Cleary's father was a wanderer before Jon was born and he told the young boy stories about his time as a drifter. At a time when Cleary was a long way from Australia, and probably a little homesick, he penned this novel. Even when Cleary wrote this novel (1951), the people and style of living was al ...more
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Feb 04, 2011 Joy H. marked it as keep-in-mind
RE: _The Sundowners_
I see via TCM-TV that this book has been adapted to film:
"The Sundowners" (1960)

I like the cast (Deborah Kerr, Robert Mitchum, Peter Ustinov). So I may order the film from Netflix.

Deborah Kerr speaks with an Australian accent in this film. Unusual.

(There are some cute little sheep too.) :)

Jon Cleary is another author to tap for possible reading choices.
Feb 10, 2010 Scott added it
great story of Australian spirit. You can not help but be enthused and heartbroken for Ida and Sean, as they live through the ups and downs with the Patriarch of Carmody family, Paddy, and their true friend Venneker
Mar 25, 2013 Rachel rated it liked it
I like the message of this book that home is with your family- wherever they are. But I didn't love some of the choices the Dad made that let them to figuring that out. It was only ok in my opinion.
Aug 13, 2013 Kateandthegirlz rated it really liked it
This was a gorgeous book! Quintessentially Australian, beautiful characters, great story telling and thoroughly entertaining.
Jan 31, 2010 Keiron added it
well I read right to the was a heartbreaker...
Jul 24, 2013 Shan rated it it was amazing
Heartwarming, witty and full of Aussie-isms. Loved it.
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Australian popular novelist, a natural storyteller, whose career as a writer extended over 60 years. Jon Cleary's books have sold some 8 million copies. Often the stories are set in exotic locations all over the world or in some interesting historical scene of the 20th century, such as the Nazi Berlin of 1936. Cleary also wrote perhaps the longest running homicide detective series of Australia. It ...more
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