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The Complete Stories

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  103 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
In this stunning collection, internationally acclaimed writer David Malouf gives us bookish boys and taciturn men, strong women and wayward sons, fathers and daughters, lovers and husbands, a composer and his muse. These are their stories, whole lives brought dramatically into focus and powerfully rooted in the vividly rendered landscape of the vast Australian continent. M ...more
ebook, 576 pages
Published November 26th 2008 by Vintage (first published July 24th 2007)
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Brett Warnke
Jun 22, 2017 Brett Warnke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
His lyrical style enchants as much as his twisting plots delight. Try "Lone Pine" and "Jacko's Reach." You'll get hooked.
Julie Griffin
Jul 14, 2016 Julie Griffin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Chose this book to read as part of Reading Around the World Challenge. It has been hard finding books from some of the countries in translation, and with Australia we finally had a plethora from which to choose. Malouf is touted as the next potential Nobel winner from Australia, so after much consideration we chose his Complete Stories, and it was a good choice. A lot of books clang along with bumps and swerves, telling a story being the only consideration; Malouf's work is a sports car sailing ...more
Jan 06, 2009 Renee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm going to say upfront, I didn't finish reading this book. I renewed it 3 times at the library thinking, Oh, I'll finish it now! yet I never did. I can't say why except that his stories seemed incredibly dense, but not rewarding.

Here's the opposite problem of which I often complain: this felt like beautiful writing (usually my favorite, as anybody who reads just a few of my reviews can gather) but the stories lacked a plot or character that evoked any sort of emotional response in me. So, the
Sara Norquay
Jan 15, 2011 Sara Norquay rated it it was amazing
This collection of stories introduces the reader to Australia and specifically Brisbane where the author grew up. David Malouf is interested in the inner lives of his characters and he seems to understand a great variety of people from all walks of life. It is a large collection (all the stories he wrote to the year of publishing) and had to be read over a period of time but no matter when I picked it up to read I found interesting people and a profoundly vivid description of the places.
Sean Glover
While some of the stories are interesting, most are nostalgic, sentimental, and, dare I say, aristocratic. However, magnificent writing and authorship, relatively easy to read. Some things are said in a straight forward way, but are very complicated things to say.
Sep 29, 2010 Joy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
Australian author, well written and a new view point for me - fresh and intriguing.
Sep 07, 2008 Alison rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
There's no doubt this is a well crafted collection. It's not an easy read. The stories really need to be studied, unlocked, so to speak, to appreciate them. Not bad, just not my cup of tea.
Feb 24, 2011 RUSA CODES rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was one of the 2008 RUSA Notable Books winners. For the complete list, go to
Ok, I gave up on this one. I read a few stories, but didn't keep going.
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David Malouf is the author of ten novels and six volumes of poetry. His novel The Great World was awarded both the prestigious Commonwealth Prize and the Prix Femina Estranger. Remembering Babylon was short-listed for the Booker Prize. He has also received the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Award. He lives in Sydney, Australia.
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