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The Vintage and the Gleaning

3.34  ·  Rating Details ·  38 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
"What a stupendous book. A wonderful, gripping story, beautifully told. Chambers is a great writer. He's the real thing."—M.J. Hyland

Smithy is a retired shearer turned vineyard worker. He's sober now after a lifetime of drinking, and is starting to see the world with new eyes.
Paperback, 272 pages
Published August 2nd 2010 by Penguin Books (first published 2010)
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Jan 19, 2016 Lisa rated it liked it
Shelves: australia, c21st, 10review
Miller and M J Hyland commend a book as they do on this one’s blurb, a new author appears to have it made, but I can’t quite make up my mind about The Vintage and the Gleaning.

The writing is mostly beautiful, the characters credible, and the plot’s intriguing, but there were times when the dialogue was just plain exasperating.

The story takes place in a town in the north-eastern wine-making region of Victoria. The characters all seem to have had a charisma bypass. The central character, Smithy, u
Jan 06, 2015 Kruip rated it really liked it
Chambers schrijft een mooi verhaal over de vragen die tijdens het leven opborrelen.
Misschien is de borrel wel letterlijk te nemen, daar er een hoop alcohol door dit boek vloeit, in de tijdsspanne waarin het verhaal zich afspeelt, als in de retrospecties van Smithy, de persoon die in het midden van Chambers zijn boek staat. Wat mij niet geheel duidelijk wordt, is of deze Smithy nu aboriginal is of niet. Over deze bevolkingsgroep wordt in het boek denigrerend gesproken door de overige personen, m
Jul 09, 2013 Tonymess rated it it was ok
This novel has been longlisted for the 2012 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award (nominated by the State Library of Victoria, and Shortlisted for the Colin Roderick Award 2010 – an award presented annually by the Foundation for Australian Literary Studies at the James Cook University in Queensland for “the best book published in Australia which deals with any aspect of Australian life”). This is a debut novel from Jeremy Chambers, an ex-vineyard worker who seems to have seamlessly switched careers to ...more
Mar 16, 2013 Raven rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What struck me from the beginning of the novel was the sheer 'American-ness' of the novel- it could easily have been set in the wine producing area of California as the atmosphere and more importantly the dialogue was highly reminiscent of the pared down prose that is so prevalent in American fiction of the moment- comparable with Willy Vlautin, Castle Freeman, Cormac McCarthy etc.This was a definite bonus for me and I loved the obtuse and repititive nature of the dialogue.I thought Smithy was a ...more
Feb 08, 2012 Rachel rated it really liked it
Oooh what a great book!

The writing really conjures up life in a small town and hard working, hard drinking fellas. I could picture the row of vines, Lucy the dog and the ute bumping along the dusty roads. The style is lyrical with beautful descriptions which I sometimes find tedious in other books, though not in this at all!

Although Charlotte's monalogue at the end is long you come to realise that the author is drawing out the similarities and differences in Smithy and Brett's lives, the choices
Jan 23, 2012 Jill rated it liked it
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I'm not sure what I though of this one. I couldn't say I enjoyed it. The theme is one of hopelessness, lost opportunities and wasted lives. Probably all a bit too familiar for me to feel comfortable with. I am still coming to terms with the method of not using quotation marks for speech even though it is very common these days. It's not really a narrative, more of a reflective book as not much happens during the course of the novel. Although set in the present, the past is gradually revealed to ...more
Fiona Hocking
Was really enjoying the story - the life struggle of all the different characters, the interplay between the different generations of men. Then a female voice was introduced and I was over it. May say more about me than the writer, but found the woman's voice to drone on and on, and the end of the chapter couldn't come soon enough.

Recognisable laconic Aussie characters - great to read.

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