|Ilias (1988) [Novel]|
by Jim Sakkas
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(From the publisher):
A young Greek fisherman, Ilias's first experience as a migrant in Australia in the 1920s is working on the docks as a 'skeb' labourer. He attempts to make his way, learning English from his workmates as he goes. With help from his Chinese friend Harry he buys a greengrocer's shop, but this venture later fails when his regular customers prefer to buy from an 'Aussie' further up the road. Pushed by prejudice and the Depression to a Victorian country town, he finds work in a timber mill. His young wife and three children settle down to a regular life. They are 'at home'.
But Ilias longs for the sound and movement of the sea, and dreams of returning to his father's home as a success.
Original title: Ilias
Genre: Fiction→ Historical→ The Antipodes (everything Else)
Fiction→ General Fiction→ Ethnic And Multicultural→ Immigrant