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Landscape of Farewell is the story of Max Otto, an elderly German academic. After the death of his much-loved wife and his recognition that he will never write the great study of history that was to be his life's crowning work, Max believes his life is all but over. Everything changes, though, when his valedictory lecture is challenged by Professor Vita McLelland, a feisty ...more
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Published 2008 by Louis Braille Audio (first published January 1st 2007)
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B the BookAddict
Sep 06, 2014 B the BookAddict rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Recommended to B the BookAddict by: myself

Alex Miller has the ability to transport you, lift you from the mundane and etch on your conscious with his beautifully dignified and elegiac stories. Let this novel fall open to any page and you will find a sentence of sublime beauty.

One would think the notion of a friendship between a retired German professor and an Aboriginal elder, embarking on a journey to a sacred resting place, would be unlikely. But in the hands of Australian author Alex Miller, it becomes not only likely but incredibly
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Lisa
I am astonished to see that someone found Landscape of Farewell a 'yawn' because I found it utterly compelling.

The characterisation is superb. Max Otto, has transcended his humble beginnings to become an academic, but his research has always been constricted by his fear of learning more than he wants to know about his own father’s actions in Ww2. He spent his career in the relative calm of 12th century history, unable to confront his real field of interest: exploring that question that challeng
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Kimbofo
One of this year's reading resolutions is to read more from my shelves and, in particular, more by the authors I love. This is how I came to read Alex Miller's Landscape of Farewell, his eighth novel, first published in 2007 and shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award in 2008.

The story is told from the perspective of an elderly German academic, who is grieving over the death of his beloved wife, but finds new hope for his future in a rather unexpected way.

When the book opens, we meet P
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Vivien
Well this took me while to complete. There are highly engaging sections and then slow bits too but I persisted and glad I have completed.

Descriptions are beautifully detailed especially in the remote hut when Max visits Vita's uncle Dougald Gnapun in remote northern Australia. What about the descriptions of the goat's death and then the night Max tried to rescue the carcass from the tree over the pond! It appeared to me to feel so real. Also the pathos in the beginning when Max is ready to end h
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Lisa Burns
This is definitely one of his more meditative books but if you're patient and open to the slightly slower narrative it's a truly beautiful story.
Jonathan
I found the first section of the book captivating and then it just slowly lost me over the second hundred pages. I didn't feel like I could understand the characters at all and I found the elaborate description difficult to follow, with my attention drifting in and out. That might say more about me perhaps than the book but I just couldn't finish this book which doesn't often happen.
Pauline
I was disappointed with this novel after all the hype about Miller.
I did not experience any Germanic atmosphere at all when introduced to Max in Germany. Most of the characters lacked conviction and a lot of the incidents seemed improbable.
If there was a message other than coping with guilt by facing it then it is too obscure to me.
Jennifer
A beautiful book, an extraordinary writer.
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Alex Miller is one of Australia's best-loved writers, and winner of the Melbourne Prize for Literature 2012.

Alex Miller is twice winner of Australia's premier literary prize, The Miles Franklin Literary Award, first in 1993 for The Ancestor Game and again in 2003 for Journey to the Stone Country. He is also an overall winner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, in 1993 for The Ancestor Game. His fi
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