|Dream Stuff (2000) [Collection]|
by David Malouf
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(From the publisher):
From the image of a small boy entranced by his mother's GI escort, yet still hoping for the return of a father 'missing in action', to the portrait of an adult writer trying to piece together a defining image of his late father, these outstanding stories conjure up with sharp intensity the memories and events that make a man.
Through the unreliable layers of family archaeology, they uncover earlier, vulnerable selves, moments of innocence or shame, and unfinished business, illumined by shocking flashes of unpredictable violence and pain, or glints of sly humour. In the brilliant cornerstone story, the stuff of dreams is both real and imagined - rumoured fields of cannabis picked in secret by migrant workers, or a nightmare encounter on a dark Brisbane street. In "Night Training" a military recruit is scarred by his own complicity in a bizarre nightly ritual; and in "Sally's Story", a 'comfort' girl looks for solace of her own. Here are men and women in search of connection, or equally wary of it, whether with each other or with past selves.
- At Schindler's
- Dream Stuff
- Night Training
- Sally's Story
- Jacko's Reach
- Lone Pine
- Blacksoil Country
- Great Day
Original title: Dream Stuff
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction→ Regional Interest
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