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The Complete Stories

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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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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...more
Sara Norquay
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.
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.
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.
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Australian author, well written and a new view point for me - fresh and intriguing.
Ok, I gave up on this one. I read a few stories, but didn't keep going.
Mark Evans
Great short stories. Malouf is a master>
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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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