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Blokes Muddling Through

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  7 ratings  ·  4 reviews
An Anthology of short stories.

Six different men, six different stories, six different outcomes.

Did Fred really see Romans?

Who took the garden gnome?

Do the French have any redeeming features?

How far would you go to save your land?

When you're a tongue tied middle aged man how do you find ways to talk to
Published October 14th 2012 by Writers Choice
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Kathleen Dixon
Mar 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I'm not a great short story fan but I was sensible with this collection and read them each on separate days and spanned out over a few weeks. Ah! This is the way to read them. I thoroughly enjoyed these well-crafted tales of average blokes and grumpy old men, and there's an excellent range of story-type and of characters (unlike in some authors' collections where the characters and scenes begin to run into each other). I have two clear favourites of the six stories, but all of them are top knotc ...more
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Mar 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Blokes Muddling Through

Modern life is rough on old-fashioned men.

Patriarchal, proud, stoical, breadwinners are anachronisms in a world of women’s liberation, plumbers on call, and hamburgers from McDonalds. Who needs a strong man these days? In “Blokes Muddling Through,” New Zealand author P.D.R. Lindsay casts a sympathetic eye on a half-dozen Kiwi husbands, fathers and grandfathers struggling to cope with life changes they mostly resent and resist. The poetic result is a
P.D.R. Lindsay
Mar 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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Confounded, bemused, even soundly flummoxed by a world turned arse end skyward, where even their own families seem bewitched... . "It's the land," they keep muttering to deafened ears, but the winds of profit and of modernity sweep away the very breath that carries their words. In the end, they stand, old, wizened, but never fooled, just watching, listening, seeming like, perhaps, they're just muddling through. But, beware, canny are the actions of the wizened.
Mar 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
There is variety here to suit most tastes, and men muddling through the good and the bad. PDR reveals perceptive insight into family and relationship struggles; father and son, husband and wife, university students and retired resident and a working farm and tourists, to name a few. I think the stories will appeal to the mature reader who understands how the small dilemmas of life make up the intricate pattern of the whole. A fun, easy read.
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Book Loving Kiwis: Blokes Muddling Through 14 18 Mar 27, 2014 08:49PM  
p.d.r. lindsay wrote her first 'novel' aged seven, an attempt to persuade her parents to buy her a pony. It didn't work, but she'd discovered that writing and reading were an escape from her tormenting brother and devious sister. She could create people who loved her and wonderful imaginative places to escape to. Poetry became her first love, then plays and finally stories from her adult imaginati ...more