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Julia Paradise

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"Marked by lush, erotic imagery and a subtle, complex handling of motifs, this slim and powerful first novel from $ Australia is a carefully controlled psychological study set in the turbulent times of Chiang Kai-shek's China," said PW of the portrait of a lusty Scottish ana lyst and one of his patients.
Paperback, 128 pages
Published January 1st 1989 by Penguin Books (first published 1986)
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Warwick
Reading this strange, hallucinogenic gem of a book feels like undergoing dream therapy, or a particularly intense bout of psychoanalysis. It's a grown-up novel, which takes the world seriously and whose themes are a lot darker than they at first appear.

The scene is Shanghai in the 1920s, where bored psychiatrist Kenneth Ayres makes a good living treating (and sometimes seducing) a string of hypertense colonial women in his practice at a top hotel. One day, in walks Julia Paradise, the morphine-a
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Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
An author who would inspire you to write. What he did here was to assemble a cast of interesting characters: an analyst who studied with Sigmund Freud, a woman (Julia Paradise) suffering from strange hallucinations, and her Methodist minister-husband. He chose an exotic place and time: Shanghai just before, during and after the second world war. But apparently he didn't have any clear idea of what to do with these materials. He put in some sex, some mystery in the woman's hallucinations, but sti ...more
Lisa
Julia Paradise is a disturbing novel. Not long, at only 131 pages, but I found myself flicking back through it again and again when a seemingly innocuous character or event turned out to have unexpected resonances. It is so well-crafted that every word and sentence seems to have more meaning than at first reading. But its themes are dark and many readers will not like it.

Kenneth ‘Honeydew’ Ayres is a Scots physician who lost his young wife to the Spanish flu in 1919 and set sail for the east as
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‘Jones should be counted amongst Australia’s most interesting and talented novelists. His gift lies in his ability to write with crisp clarity about the murky and the intangible; with confidence and force about the uncertain; with detachment about passion and with passion about detachment.’
Australian Book Review

‘Utterly original…a remarkable accomplishment.’
New York Times

‘Marked by lush, erotic imagery and subtle, complex handling of motifs, this slim and powerful first novel from Australia is a
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Rae
Apr 03, 2015 Rae rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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A psychiatrist tries to treat a schizophrenic housewife in the early 1900's. I didn't understand this book. Too disjointed....
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Rod Jones is an award-winning Australian novelist. He was writer in residence at La Trobe University for four years, and has also been the Australia Council's writer in residence in Paris.
He studied English and History at the University of Melbourne.
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