Tuesday, November 18, 2003

Conflicting influences. "Working on a farm is a healthy life. The work is hard but good. But when I grow up I mean to be an astronaut." -- Amy, nine-year-old Pentecostal narrator of David Malouf's short story 'Closer'.
[Dream Stuff, by David Malouf (Chatto & Windus, 2000). Full of landscape and damaged childhoods. In the second-to-last story, a dead boy says of his father: "I don't know when I first begun to see he wasn't always in the right."]

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