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Caravan Story

3.26  ·  Rating details ·  19 ratings  ·  6 reviews
One morning, without warning, our narrator wakes into a nightmare. He and his female companion are put in a caravan and driven to a football oval in a faraway country town. There they join scores of other caravan-dwellers in a seemingly closed community. They are divided into groups, given their tasks. Then our narrator ‘escapes’, to an abandoned school in a big country to ...more
160 pages
Published 2007 by Black Pepper
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Ben Winch
Aug 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: anglo, australian
Wayne Macauley - not a well-known name even in his native Australia, and not a name I would have noticed myself were it not for the epigraph from Robert Walser which opens his latest novel, The Cook:
My God, I do hope I shall make something of myself one day...

(Jakob von Gunten)

Imagine my surprise! Perhaps from my own indifference to local publishing, not once had I heard Walser mentioned by an Australian writer, nor had I heard mention of the other favourites Macauley namechecked in the 2 or 3 i
Alan  Marr
Mar 08, 2019 rated it liked it
This book seems like a good idea. I'm sure any aspiring Arts Grant applicant would found resonance with the plight of the "caravan community". It kept me intrigued right up to the rather confusing (for me at least) ending. Still pretty good even though i didn't much like any of the characters. ...more
Norton Stone
Oct 19, 2012 rated it liked it
First person present can be tough to read but this wasn't badly executed at all. As a piece of writing I was impressed that the author was able to keep it going with enough pace to get me to the end. The subject matter and story were not my cup of tea. The narrator is not someone you can warm to and this may well be the intention, but the bleakness of what feels like a rather contrived artist's commune has no let up. The cover mentions Orwellian themes, which I struggled to buy into, and the jou ...more
Aug 12, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Meh...I cannot say my life has been enriched significantly by reading this book.
Alex Bennetts
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lucy  black
Dec 27, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel
Cool idea but badly executed. Boring characters, badly written - I struggled to finish it.
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Wayne Macauley is the author of the highly acclaimed novels: Blueprints for a Barbed-Wire Canoe, Caravan Story and, most recently, The Cook, which was shortlisted for the Western Australian Premier’s Book Award, a Victorian Premier’s Literary Award and the Melbourne Prize Best Writing Award. His new book Demons will be available in August 2014. He lives in Melbourne.

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