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Common People by Tony Birch
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I admired Birch's Ghost River and the way he wrote about the marginalised of Melbourne. In this collection his characters are from the urban underclass and also the regional poor, including Aboriginals. They are all living on the edge of society, some scrounging a legitimate living, others involved in petty crime. My most memorable character was 'Harmless' - an elusive man who sleeps on the town park benches or retreats into the bush. But it is Harmless who gives the townspeople - and readers - a surprise with his capable handling of a grim situation. Moments of hope like these are glimpsed in these honest, unflinching stories. I'm sorry I couldn't finish the collection because the book was due back at the library. Another time...

Three and a half stars.

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Reading Progress

June 25, 2018 – Shelved
June 25, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
August 3, 2018 – Started Reading
August 6, 2018 – Finished Reading

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