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Malouf invites us on an intimate, beautifully described journey into his own past, beginning in his childhood home.

This remarkable book combines autobiography with a subtle, almost painterly sense of the ways in which the objects which we surround ourselves, and the places in which we live, build up our private maps of reality and shape our personal mythologies. David Malouf begins by describing in love, evocative detail, the house in Brisbane where he was born and grew up, moving from room to room, always relating the smallest items in it to the life he remembers and his widening perception of the world at large. He moves on to describe life in the Tuscan village where he lived, and the arrival of an Australian Television crew; reflecting on his first visit to India, he touches on the problems of interpreting and evaluating unfamiliar places; back in Australia, he recalls a traumatic wartime journey with his father from Brisbane to Sydney. Funny, humane and beautifully written, this is a unique and extraordinary essay in autobiography.

Reviews

Malouf's perceptions are deep and his use of language quite wonderful

Ian Buruma

Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780099273783

    February 5, 1999

    Vintage

    160 pages

    RRP $24.99

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  • EBook

    9781409015550

    October 31, 2012

    Vintage Digital

    160 pages

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Also by David Malouf

The One Day: Short Black 7
Being There
The Writing Life
A First Place
Earth Hour
Harland's Half Acre
The Conversations At Curlew Creek
The Happy Life: The Search for Contentment in the Modern World
The Happy Life: The Search of Contentment in the Modern World: QuarterlyEssay 41
Ransom
The Complete Stories
On Experience
Revolving Days: Selected Poems
Every Move You Make
Typewriter Music
Made in England: Australia's British Inheritance: Quarterly Essay 12
Dream Stuff
Johnno
Jane Eyre
The Great World
Antipodes
Fly Away Peter
An Imaginary Life
Child's Play

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