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The Best Australian Stories: A Ten-Year Collection

(The Best Australian Stories)

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The best of the best . . .

This essential book takes a decade of Best Australian Stories and selects the most outstanding short fiction by the country's finest writers. These stories range widely in style and subject: there is drama and comedy, subtlety and extravagance, tales of suspense, love, fantasy, grief and revenge. Together they showcase the strength and diversity
Paperback, 422 pages
Published April 2011 by Black Inc. (first published March 28th 2011)
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Mar 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
Published in 2011. Some great stories in this collection - I enjoyed Cloud Busting by Tara June Winch, Reading Madame Bovary by Amanda Lohrey, The New Dark age by Joan London about surviving cancer, The Intimacy of the Table by Delia Falconer. Aquifer by Tim Winton, Mate by Kate Grenville and The Meaning of Life by Mandy Sayer. Also Murray Bail’s Camouflage & Nam Le’s story about his father, Love and Honour and Pity and Pride and Compassion and Sacrifice.
May 09, 2014 rated it it was ok
Thank the Lord Ryan O'Neill was the second last story, or else this would've earned one star.
Quite frankly, if this is Australia's best literature, I'm embarrassed.
The storylines (one might ask, WHAT storylines) are lacking.
The prose (one might ask, WHAT prose) is also lacking.
The character development (most of the time, one might ask, WHAT character development) is lacking.
There were a few stories that spurred me on to finish this text - 'Still Here' by Anna Krien, which must be commended for
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Mar 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
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This is quite a varied collection. Initially I thought I would give it a lower rating, but as I progressed through the book, I found it increasingly appealing. If you pick this up and struggle with it a bit, keep going, gems await you.
All the stories demonstrate good writing. They paint vivid pictures and characters. What I found disenchanting at first was that some stories seemed to lack purpose. They have no resolution or revelation. Good writing is nice, but I like for there to be an engaging
Jun 29, 2015 rated it liked it
Some great stories to be found within the collection such as The Meaning of Life by Mandy Sayer (which strongly reminded me of the novel The dead I know by Scot Gardner) and Hurricane Season by Janette Turner Hospital but other pieces I could not bear to finish as they were almost painful to read, they were so boring! Realistic yes, Interesting not so much... I'll give it a few stars for the true standout stories but I think it is a collection that could use some improvement.
Jan 25, 2015 rated it liked it
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My review is the little progress up dates I left along the way.
Not the greatest set of short stories. Some were pointless, other strange, some had hidden meaning that I couldn't see but I liked 3 out of the 8 I read for school. So, it was meh...
May 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Standout story by Mandy Sayer.
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