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The Apostle Bird

3.25  ·  Rating details ·  16 ratings  ·  4 reviews
"The Apostle Bird" spielt während der Weltwirtschaftskrise (etwa 1934), von der Australien besonders hart betroffen war. Die verarmte Familie des fünfzehnjährigen Ich-Erzählers Neil Warner versucht ihr Glück als Goldgräber in einer Gesellschaft von Outlaws. Ein geheimnisvolles Paar, Ivan und seine Tocher (?) Kitty, taucht auf. Ein Mord geschieht ... Eine aufregende Story, ...more
Published (first published January 1st 1998)
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Feb 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Delicately using language of insult and stereotype to break conceptions of prejudice in young minds, Garry Disher's novel for young adults explores a post-World War I goldfield through the eyes of a twelve-year-old boy. Various forms of bullying and sizing-up of not-too-familiar others are explored. Much of this behaviour is in the realm of a boy's sense of expectation about becoming a man. But most remarkably the sense of certainty that might be expected as a sign of maturity is put below the g ...more
Nov 06, 2013 rated it liked it
A short, simple tale, enjoyable but not entirely satisfying due to a lack of balance in audience and length. The narrator and two other main characters are about 15 years of age: the tone is suited to a younger audience, perhaps 11-12, though a few passages are appropriate for a more mature reader. This lack of equilibrium is also evident in the narrative, which unfolds steadily, then rushes to a climax and resolution in a few pages. The book feels a little like a stretched-out short story, but ...more
Jun 10, 2015 rated it liked it
A short novel, that never really catches the audience. It is an easy read, but some of the things written about would be more appropriate for an older audience. However, an older audience would not be captivating by this novel. It is set in the 1930s Australia in the goldfields, and follows the life of Neil a fifteen year old, trying to make sense of his new life.
Jul 02, 2012 rated it liked it
Set in australia in the early 1900's, Disher gives a child's perspective of family, friendships, change of situation/circumstances, the differences betwseen the have's and have nots, and prospecting for gold.
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Garry Disher was born in 1949 and grew up on his parents' farm in South Australia.

He gained post graduate degrees from Adelaide and Melbourne Universities. In 1978 he was awarded a creative writing fellowship to Stanford University, where he wrote his first short story collection. He travelled widely overseas, before returning to Australia, where he taught creative writing, finally becoming a full